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Nigerian Designer Mowalola Ogunlesi is One of Six Designers Chosen to Style Barbie

British Vogue has commissioned six designers to dress the iconic doll in their own signature styles.

Nigerian designer, Mowalola Ogunlesi, is internationally renowned with an impressive resumé to prove it. From styling Solange Knowles for her Daze Magazine cover, Skepta's 2018 "Pure Water" music video, Nike's popular World Cup kit (which was recently relaunched this year) to Grammy award-winning rapper, Drake, sporting one of her custom jackets in the past, Ogunlesi is certainly a trailblazer in the industry. More recently, British Vogue has commissioned Ogunlesi and five other designers to dress the iconic Barbie doll in their own signature styles.


There is scarcely a child who didn't grow up having a Barbie doll or at the very least, wasn't pining for one. It's been sixty years since the doll was first released and to commemorate the global impact it's had as well as its evolution over the years, British Vogue has enlisted the help of six young designers, including London-based designer Ogunlesi, to celebrate the diversity of the doll range.

Describing her signature design for Barbie, Ogunlesi said, "Mine is a world where everyone is free in terms of what they wear, in terms of how they think, and my women aren't threatened by anyone—they are taking back their power." She added that, "She [Barbie] is a Mowalola superhero. [She's] strong, captivating and ready to have a really good time. I want to be wherever she's going."

Ogunlesi's Barbie design, a neon green tie-dye ensemble, is a part of her SS20 collection.

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Op-Ed: Opening South Africa's Churches Amid COVID-19 Will Result in More Deaths

Churches get away with a lot in this country and now is as good a time as any to put an end to that.

It was a day like any other at the Global Reconciliation Church in the Free State province. Congregants were gathering for a prayer event which no doubt included praying about what was then an impending 21-day national lockdown due to COVID-19. What no-one had anticipated however, was that five tourists who had already tested positive for the coronavirus, would come into contact with an estimated 1600 other congregants––three of whom have since died as a result.

One gathering, three deaths. This is what South Africans pushing the government to open places of worship, seem to forget. And while the government has remained steadfast in the face of very public backlash following a number of tough decisions during this national lockdown, it seems that churches may just prove to be their kryptonite.

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Jahëna Louisin’s Debut Short Film, ‘28 jours,’ is an Homage to Black Fatherhood

Troubled by portrayal of Black fathers in mainstream media, the Haitian-Reunionese filmmaker set out to make a film about loss and humanity.

"Cinema Africa" is your guide to African film. Writer Ciku Kimeria is highlighting new movies and documentaries that tell fascinating stories or questioning prevailing narratives and occasionally returning to the classics that paved the way for a new generation of filmmakers.

28 jours (28 days) the debut short film from a Lome raised, Haitian-Reunionese filmmaker, Jahëna Louisin is the story of a widower and his eleven year old daughter going through an interesting stage in her transition to womanhood—her first period. As they grapple with the brutal loss of his wife and her mother, the two find themselves confronting this life-changing moment on their own.

On a call with the call with the first-time filmmaker hunkered down in Lome, Togo, we discuss her debut film that won the Togolese edition of the "7 jours pour 1" film award and was this year's official selection for an international fiction film at the largest North American film festival focusing on films from Africa and the diaspora, Vues D'Afrique in Canada.

Read our conversation below.

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Watch the New Trailer for Michaela Coel's Upcoming Show 'I May Destroy You'

The highly-anticipated show, which tackles dating and sexual consent, is coming to HBO next month.

Michaela Coel shares the new extended trailer for her upcoming HBO series I May Destroy You, after releasing the teaser last month.

The highly-anticipated series boldly tackles dating sexual consent, through the story of its protagonist Arabella (Coel), whose life is forever changed after she becomes the victim of having been given a date rape drug.

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Watch the Adorable Trailer for The Gambia's First Animated Series

Fye Network introduces the characters Princess Halima, Bakary on Safari and Samba and Batch for The Gambia's first ever animated series for children.