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Photo by Bai Joiner.

First Look: BBK Homecoming 2018 Fashion Editorial

Photographer Baingor Joiner teams up with Lagos' fashion tastemakers for a fresh editorial during BBK's homecoming to Lagos.

BBK's Homecoming 2018 was not only a showcase of music, but also a showcase of leading international and Nigerian brands on a cross cultural platform. Beyond having a concert, they also hosted a three day pop-up that exposed the potential for creative endeavors (beyond fashion) to transcend within the youth culture of Nigeria.

Photographer Baingor Joiner teamed up with some of the Lagos' fashion tastemakers like co-founder of Lagos streetwear label Vivendii and models like Alani to create a unique fashion editorial.


"Working with the Metallic Crew was a really insightful experience which brought me into the world of the BBK crew," Joiner reflects. "It's easy to lose track of the constant work going on because it doesn't feel like 'the grind' when you're doing what you love surrounded great people who inspire you; the lines between work and play can be blurred out but it's important to know when to bring it because everyone else does."

His inspiration for the editorial stemmed from wanting the creative scene in Lagos to transcend to a new stage and show Africa in a unique light to the world, featuring brands including Nike, Patta, Mains, Off-White and WAFFLESNCREAM. He sees the photographers, videographers, stylists and all others involved in bringing the fashion culture together as key parts in shipping it on the world stage.

"Shooting the editorial was straightforward because [Alex] Sossah trusted me with the execution and everyone involved brought their own personal flair to the table to bring this idea to life," Joiner says. "I'm really happy about the way things turned out and the memories we made, can't wait till when next we chop it up."

The Nigerian brands included in the pop-up live by the same truth—they each have a unique and authentic voice, influences and aesthetic. The lookbook editorial reflects Lagos as it is today, a city on the rise and draws inspiration from its very essence—a bubbling city with many more stories to tell.

Get inspired and check out the visuals below.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Photo by Baingor Joiner.

Credits

Producer: Amarachi Nwosu

Photographer: Bai Joiner

Models: Ifeoma Nwobu & Alani

Stylists: Alex Sossah & Stephen Tayo

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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