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EDUN African Design Inspiration #1


In this new blog series, the designers over at EDUN open up their collection of inspirational images they use to help shape and design new items and collections. EDUN, started by Ali Hewson and husband Bono, was founded on a commitment to encourage sustainable trade with Africa and promote local economic opportunities. With T-shirts made from cotton in Uganda, and using factories in Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania, EDUN strives to be a socially responsible fashion brand creating positive change in the world. To learn more about their clothes and work in Africa, check here.

After the jump are more captioned images that give insight into how the designers over at EDUN work. These images are all pulled from photographer Phyllis Galembo's stunning work on African masquerade rituals.

2. Who is the storyteller and who is the liar?

3. Rich earth tones blend with black and white patterns found in the FW/11 collection's Fairaisle knits

4. The Roots of Creation

5. The Fall collection features pops of camel and marigold tones – marigolds are known as “the herb of the sun"

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We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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