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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.

See OkayAfrica's 2019 #BuyBlack Black Friday holiday shopping guide here

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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#BuyBlack: The 7 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

OkayAfrica's 2018 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

Thanksgiving, the "holiday" that kicks off the holiday season in America, is literally around the corner. Aside from asking yourself where the time has gone, the day after can be a frenzy in of itself, where folks scramble to shop at a discount. But for some in the community, Black Friday is the chance to spend with businesses who need the boost the most—the black-owned ones.

See OkayAfrica's 2019 #BuyBlack Black Friday holiday shopping guide here

Although we don't need to dig into the "why," it's still imperative to support our own—this week/holiday season and beyond. FUBU (for us, by us) is still the motto—these businesses are well on their way to continue to build wealth in our communities, provide opportunities for employment and/or partnerships within our communities, as well as produce products that put black folks first. What could get better than that?

OkayAfrica curated a shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday—check them out below.

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10 African Streetwear Brands You Need In Your Closet in 2018

In the fifth installment of our 2017 holiday gift guide, we feature our 10 favorite African streetwear brands.

This is our fifth 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.

One of the best ways to express pride in your identity and culture is through clothing.

These featured brands will help you do just that, as they too want to foster a connection between Africa and the diaspora, renew pride and empower while looking fresh and effortless. These brands also had a strong 2017, coming with eye-catching collections that we couldn't ignore.

See our 2019 #BuyBlack Black Friday and holiday shopping guide here

Check out these African streetwear brands you need to rock in 2018 below.

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Stormzy performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) via Getty Images.

Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

Watch the full performance below.

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The ornate gilded copper headgear, which features images of Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutch-citizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch 'art detective' Arthur Brand. (Photo by Jan HENNOP/AFP) (Photo by JAN HENNOP/AFP via Getty Images)

A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

Read: Bringing African Artifacts Home

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