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9 African Streetwear Brands You Need In Your Closet

In our third installment of our 2016 holiday gift guide, we feature our nine favorite African streetwear brands.

This is our third 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.

Check out our 9 African streetwear picks you may want to stuff stockings with below.

Photo shot in Lagos, Nigeria by Orinayo Ojo. Courtesy of IMPALA Clothing.

1. IMPALA Clothing

IMPALA is a UK-based independent fashion label that's inspired by African and diaspora culture. The brand's been live online for just over a year, and believes that African culture is a thing of value and is something to be shared with the world.

Shop IMPALA Clothing Here

Photo courtesy of Pop Caven.

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.

Shop Pop Caven Here

Photo via JEKKAH's Facebook page.

3. JEKKAH

Meaning "to be beautiful or elegant" or "to be well-dressed" in Wolof, JEKKAH sources, designs and manufactures African inspired streetwear in The Gambia using highly skilled local tailors. Founded in 2013, the brand's items are limited edition, where they only make a small quantity in each wax print fabric design.

Shop JEKKAH Here

 

Photo via MIZIZI's Facebook page.

4. MIZIZI

Last year, we featured MIZIZI's Starting Lineup lookbook of African throwback baseball jerseys. The streetwear brand launched in 2014, founded by Paakow Essandoh and George Kariuki. With origins from Ghana and Kenya, the MIZIZI founders continue to show off and revive African pride with their creative throwback jersey threads (they even have jerseys for our diaspora homies too!).

Shop MIZIZI Here

Photo via the Okayafrica Shop website.

5. The Okayafrica Shop

In case you're wondering—yes, this is a shameless plug. We most definitely have gear that should be in your closet—from our 'They Will Have To Kill Us First' sweatshirts, our classic Okayafrica tees, to our Puff Puff Pass Fela shirts.

More on the Okayafrica Shop

Photo via UNIFORM's Facebook page.

6. UNIFORM

UNIFORM produces its garments by working mothers in Africa's first fair-trade factories in Liberia, Morocco and Kenya. With every purchase made, a uniform is donated to a child who otherwise could not attend school.

Shop UNIFORM Here

Photo courtesy of AfriTribe.

7. AfriTribe

Since 2013, AfriTribe has been "bridging the gap between the Homeland and the Diaspora" with each garment they offer. You can even channel your inner Black President with their "I Feel Like Fela" gear.

Shop AfriTribe Here

Photo via 2Bops website.

8. 2Bop

2Bop is a South African streetwear brand that draws inspiration from games that were popular at corner shops and arcades in the 1980s and early 1990s during apartheid. The arcade games that used 20 cent pieces (a 2Bop) to play were a window into what was happening in the outside world.

Shop 2BOP Here

Photo via DashikiPride's Facebook page.

9. DashikiPride

The Ugokwe sisters—Mirian Chinyere, MarySonia Chizoba and Lilian Chioma—founded DashikiPride in 2014 in hopes of sharing and educating the world about African culture. Born and raised in Nigeria, the sisters hope to empower young entrepreneurs and women to pursue their dreams.

Shop DashikiPride Here

News Brief
Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images

Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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