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Nigerian Mother/Daughter Labels Deola Sagoe & Clan At NYFW S/S15

Deola Sagoe and Clan present SS15 collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week (NYFW Spring/Summer 2015).

Presenting alongside their mother Deola Sagoe and her design label Deola, Teni, Tiwa, and Abah Sagoe introduced their Spring/Summer 15 CLAN collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York. Opening the show, CLAN debuted elevated street-wear designs that complimented the high-end, couture ideology of Deola. "It’s a beautiful and sophisticated line that’s more like a sister line to Deola. Deola is very high-end, very bespoke; while CLAN is more minimalist and appeals more to the day-to-day use," Sagoe told Okayafrica back in February before her F/W 14 showcase. Drawing her inspirations from Nigerian fabrics and silhouettes combined with western aesthetics, this season Deola Sagoe featured garments of detailed cut-outs and appliqués. "There's a lot of passion that goes into my designs. There's a lot of research; there's a lot of hard work and the creativity comes from my being inspired by absolutely anything ranging from something cultural [to] some mode of dressing," Sagoe explains. "What my colleagues have in the West, I don't have everything. It makes me that much more creative. When you have to create out of almost nothing, then you really, really have to invent. You set new standards, and you're able to push boundaries, and you're able to do almost anything your imagination can conjure." Check out what mother and daughters were able to conjure for SS15 in their latest show in the video below.


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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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