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OkayAfrica's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Our guide features dope products by companies from Africa and the diaspora.

This is our third gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the OkayAfrica Shop.

The holidays continue to commence and before you know it, it's already 2018 (eek!). But don't fret, in case you haven't started shopping away from your loved ones, we got you.

OkayAfrica's 2017 holiday gift guide features items that are perfect for the fashion-forward person in your life, the kiddies, the bookworm and more.

Shop our picks below:


STYLE

Photo via Kintu's Instagram page.

1. Kintu

2. The Brooklyn Circus

3. Maju

4. MAXHOSA BY LADUMA

5. Mory Jay

BEAUTY + GROOMING

Photo via The Afro Hair & Skin Co.'s Instagram page.

1. The Afro Hair & Skin Co.

2. Nature Boy Grooming Products

3. Foxie Cosmetics

4. Shear & Shine

5. OBIA Naturals

KIDS

Photo via Ozzie + Olive's Instagram page.

1. LoveMyAlannah

2. ABC Me Flashcards

3. Brown Toy Box

4. Ozzie + Olive

5. Queens of Africa Dolls

HOME + DESIGN

Photo via Ilé-Ilà's Instagram page.

1. Haute Baso

2. Ilé-Ilà

3. KUDU

4. Yswara Teas

5. Kouamo

BOOKS

Photo via Penguin Books' Instagram page.

1. We We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

3. A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo

4. bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

5. Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou

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'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Our 9 Favorite African Visual Artists of 2018

We look back at the contemporary African visual artists who caught our eye this year.

This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

Feast your eyes on our nine favorite African visual artists of 2018 below.

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Image via Beyoncé's Instagram.

Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-made looks off the stage as well.

In an Instagram post today, Queen Bey shared a slideshow of some of the striking outfits she rocked while in South Africa, and gave a shoutout to the designers behind them. "Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," wrote Queen Bey.

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These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

READ: Best Nigerian Songs of 2018

Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

Davido - Fall (Official Music Video) youtu.be

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