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The Second Edition Of Black Fashion Week Paris

This is about the second edition of Black Fashion Week Paris, organized and founded by Adama N'Diaye (more known as Adama Paris).

Founded by Adama N'Diaye, Black Fashion Week hit the city of lights for the second time and left Paris burning with excitement and style. After building her reputation, N'diaye, a Senegalese leading lady, blasted her way onto the Black Fashion Week concept. Media made a lot of noise about the name — it was a good way to make them speak and get tiror coverage while N'Diaye's principal goal was to focus on promoting designers and models of colors. According to her, the lack of exposure for colored designers and models made the initiative necessary.


Fourteen designers responded to the call with stunning collections. African prints were omnipresent and reinvented in an architectural shape, giving a tribute to the continent's designs and enhancing many silhouettes with colorful prints. Adama N'Diaye and her label Adama Paris opened the Black Fashion Week Paris with a colorful and ultra-feminine collection featuring some oversized jackets. N'Diaye mixed the prints perfectly and her collection looked stunning. Zacometi, one of the menswear brands present at the event showcased well-fitted suits with a street influence, some were presentedwith boots. African prints came back with Maria Bocoum, as she played with superposition and geometry while embodying a feminie gracefulness

Utilizing African prints, Sidy Counda placed fabrics on jumpsuits, dresses, and 2-piece outfits to create a modern and urban look for both men and women. Eric Raisina was fluffy, bright, frangy, bold and unique. The collection was designed for the woman who knows where she's going and loves to make a bold statement. Eugheni Hudorojcou brought fancy and simple gentlewomen evening dresses. Meanwhile, our dear Martial Tapolo delivered a stunning collection on a color gradient from camel to brown. His structured pieces seemed to be coming from ornamental costumes of another decade. The gowns were particularly perfect, with little details that added a beautiful twists to close the second edition of Black Fashion Week Paris.

One major name was added to our roundup list to add some fashion spice. An African figure in the fashion industry over 30 years, Alphadi knows what will be trendy next season: all white! Many Spring/Summer 14 focused on white shades and it was clearly popping out on the Black Fashion Week models of color. Eliette Lesuperbe was superbeMama Fagueye addressed all fronts: menswear, womenswear, elegant, and bold. She made it all and ended her show with a strong fist in the air. Sophie Nzinga presented the collection that she unveiled during New York Fashion Week, highlighting an outstanding number of pieces inspired by ornate delicacy and the velvet texture of a rose. As to Patou Manga, every single piece was a one-of-a-kind and had his own flavor. OKA favorite Elie Kuame, like Alphadi, predicted that white will be a major trend next season. As always, Kuame honored femininity and a woman's curves outstandingly. To close the Black Fashion Week, Helmer provided dramatic looks with a clear pronounced taste for well-fitted mermaid skirts. This edition of Black Fashion Week Paris was a success like al the others, we can't wait to tell you where the next one will be held. In the meantime, scroll down through the gallery to see our favorite looks. If you want to talk about it, tweet #pretapoundo.

 

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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