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10 African Streetwear Brands You Need In Your Closet in 2018

In the fifth installment of our 2017 holiday gift guide, we feature our 10 favorite African streetwear brands.

This is our fifth gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the OkayAfrica Shop.

One of the best ways to express pride in your identity and culture is through clothing.

These featured brands will help you do just that, as they too want to foster a connection between Africa and the diaspora, renew pride and empower while looking fresh and effortless. These brands also had a strong 2017, coming with eye-catching collections that we couldn't ignore.

See our 2019 #BuyBlack Black Friday and holiday shopping guide here

Check out these African streetwear brands you need to rock in 2018 below.


1. Daily Paper

Daily Paper is an Amsterdam-based menswear label that's inspired by the founder's African background and passion for contemporary fashion. The brand is impacted by Africa's diverse cultures and focused on authenticity, as well as quality tailoring.

2. Pop Caven

Pop Caven represents today's contemporary Africa while simultaneously celebrating African culture and pop culture. The brand was born out of realizing the gap in the market for African inspired modern casual wear.

3. TELFAR

TELFAR is a consistent, forward thinking brand that continues to define gender fluid fashion. Telfar Clemens is the Liberian-American designer behind the brand who was a recent winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

4. super YAYA 100%

super Yaya 100% is an Abidjan-based streetwear label that has a cool take on expressing Afrofuturism through fashion. Along with the catchy screen print shirts, the brand tailors customizable, West Afircan-inspired outfits.

5. OkayAfrica Shop

Shameless plug time! Over at our shop, we recently dropped the FW17 edition of our AFRICAN AF collection, where we made cozy sweatshirt versions of our best-selling tees, along with the Fela Kuti capsule collection you should get into.

6. Riveriswild

Riveriswild is a lifestyle brand that acknowledges the chaos of life, respecting its unpredictability and honors our differences and connections along the way. The brand's F/W collection, A Marked Memory, was influenced by Wale Akinbiyi's (Riveriswild's creative director) fading memories of his formative years spent in Nigeria.

7. OHYESLORD

OHYESLORD is a Johannesburg-based streetwear brand that celebrates and is rooted in youthful, African free sprits. Founded by Hamilton Thindisa, the brand's name comes from the designer discovering his purpose. Learn more about the brand and where you can order here.

8. òL New York

òL New York is a forward-thinking brand that offers a range of clean looks that is malleable in any closet. òL stands for "outside lines," and the brand prides itself in its progressive and authentic designs for those who wish to look and feel good in what they wear.

9. WAFFLESNCREAM

WAFFLESNCREAM is Nigeria's first skateboard collective that also has a store that provides a fresh take on streetwear apparel. The community provides a rare space for young Nigerians to explore their creativity and to shape their own narrative.

10. DEAD.

DEAD. is a Pretoria-based lifestyle brand that's a culmination of the hyper-millennial generation. The brand produces well-made clothes with bright colors, unique prints and texture.

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The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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