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Prêt-À-Poundo: Africa Fashion Week New York [Day 1]

The first day of AFWNY 2013 with Sarfo of Styles, Bill Witherspoon, Khadija Maroccan Caftan NY, Sara Karay, Eaden Myles and Liz Ogumbo for SFGK.

Founded and directed by Nigerian born Adiat Disu with her company Adirée, Africa Fashion Week New York (AFWNY) is a major event that focuses on re-branding Africa as a destination for luxury brands. AFWNY promotes a New Africa through fashion with talented designers from the diaspora. It's a real delight to have a beautiful platform like this in the Big Apple, where a lot of trends are coming from. After few years on the scene, AFWNY has demonstrated that they want to make a positive contribution by opening people's minds to fashion from the continent. Designers from Africa are more frequently being heralded as trendsetters —showing everyone fantastic and innovatie aspects of style far removed from "African fashion" clichés.


AFWNY took place from Thursday, July 18th to Saturday, July 20th at the Broad Street Ballroom, located in New York City’s financial district. With this year’s theme of “The Pattern of Sustainable Luxury," Adiree and partners introduced New York to designers that were profitable, luxurious, sustainable, and eco-friendly. During these 3 days, 16 international designers from the diaspora were showcased through press conferences and runways.

On Day 1, the designers involved were Sarfo of Styles(Ghana), Bill Witherspoon(African American), Khadija Maroccan Caftan NY(Marocco), Sara Karay(Kenya), Eaden Myles(Canada/Ghana) and Liz Ogumbo for SFGK(Kenya). Check the recap on pictures below, which designers do you prefer?

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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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