Okayafrica's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The year's best streetwear, accessories, books and more from Africa and the Diaspora

Top Left to Right: 'Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara; STREETCHIEF; Modern Pharaoh; Mizizi. Bottom Left to Right: Caven Etomi; Fanm Djanm; Ikire Jones; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'We Should All Be Feminists.'

Throughout the year, we here at Okayafrica have spotlighted hundreds of small business owners and creatives making outstanding strides in fashion, film, art and beyond. With the holiday season upon us, what better time to delve deeper into these entrepreneurs' one-of-a-kind works than now?

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

We've rounded up the best and brightest brands and products guaranteed to eliminate any last-minute shopping crises and elevate one's gift-giving game. The creators behind these picks selection hail from all over; their signature styles as distinct as their home bases, representing cities like Monrovia, Brooklyn, London, Abidjan and Washington D.C. So, it's safe to say that there's something for just about everyone on your holiday gift list. Browse through our entire guide for some overall inspiration or head straight to a particular category by clicking below.



Accessories, Shoes & Beauty

Art & Home Decor


Reflektion Design

Source: Reflektion Design

Founded by Anita Terrell, Reflektion Design offers home decor products for culturally inspired people who love unique, vibrant pieces that reflect their eclectic personalities. Throw pillows, floor/meditation pillows, curtains, wall art and bedding are just a few of the items included in the Los Angeles-based company's product line, which specifically incorporates globally-sourced Ankara fabric as the primary textile.

OT&O Home Interiors

Source: OT&O Home Interiors

When launching OT&O Home Interiors, Nigerian mother-daughter duo Enitan and Tosin envisioned a “one-stop shop for iconic African-inspired home accessories” guaranteed to transform their clients’ homes in an instant. Make sure to check out their scene stealer headwrap rugs, colorful cushions and Gele wall art.


Source: Pottery by Osa on Etsy

New Orleans-based, Nigerian-American artisan Osa makes functional, durable and creative terracotta ware that would make great presents for any decor lover in your life, especially those with a penchant for indoor plants.

Adama Delphine

Source: AdamaMakesArt on Etsy

In her 2008 exhibition Cornrows, Afro Puffs & Joy, photographer Adama Delphine celebrates the magic of young, carefree Black girls enjoying each other’s company. Note cards featuring the endearing images and the exhibition poster are now available for purchase in Delphine’s Etsy store.

Laurael Tantawy


Any art collectors on your list would certainly appreciate a stunning print snapped by Egyptian photographer Laura El-Tantawy. Inspired by questions on her identity, El-Tantawy’s photography explores social and environmental issues relating to her global upbringing in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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