Arts + Culture

Hassan Hajjaj's Moroccan Biker Barbie Dolls

Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj reinterprets his previous 'Kesh Angels' with photographs featuring biker barbie dolls for a twist.

We've previously featured Hassan Hajjaj for his Kesh Angels project and collaboration with Amine Bendriouich, which play off contrasts between the multiple cultures the Moroccan-born/London-based artist is surrounded by. Hajjaj's recent work follows up on his Kesh Angels series, a tribute to the biker culture of young women in Morocco peppered with elements of Western consumerism. This time around, the pictures feature Barbie dolls wearing traditional outfits and high-end labels like Louis Vuitton. The underlining message in question is clear: what's the impact of Western culture in Africa with the thousands of mainstream Western brands settling and promoting their products across the continent? What's the effect when international labels don't give any interest to national culture and won't even bother to adapt their commercials to the country they're targeting? What happens when the youth lose interest in their national and traditional culture, opting instead for these global brands? We'd love to hear your opinion. If you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #hassanhajjaj.


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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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