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AfriTribe's 'New Diaspora' Streetwear

Nigerian-born, Maryland-based designer Ayo Omolewa shares the second part in 'The New Diaspora' streetwear collection.

AfriTribe is an emerging, Maryland-based clothing label that fuses streetwear with culture and tradition. Nigerian-born designer Ayo Omolewa says he founded the brand with the intent of bridging the gap between Africa and the Diaspora. Each of their pieces comes with a larger message that the label hopes will show the continent in a "different light."


Their latest project is a two-part collection entitled The New Diaspora, which Omolewa says was inspired by "a certain lack of options of showing ownership of being African by those living in the Diaspora, 'forgetting where you came from' in a sense," he told us over email. "I wanted to make products that gives the option to portray where we came from, but making it modern and giving it a streetwear look. There are more ways to portray African Culture than wax fabrics and animal print, and I wanted to show this side as well."

The label says they intended for the socks, hats, shirts and tank tops that make up their latest collection to have stories attached to them. There's the Naira Cap, for example, which they tell us was released on 4/19 to reclaim an otherwise stigmatized number (419) for Nigeria. The Finegal Tanktop was inspired by the Nigerian slang "finegal no pimple." The Chale tee is of course a nod to the Ghanaian expression of the same name. Their African Renaissance Sleveless tee portrays Senegal's African Renaissance Monument.

Part two of AfriTribe's The New Diaspora collection is available as of May 5th. Keep up with the label on Twitter and Instagram.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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