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African Inspiration Meets Scandanavian Design in this Luxury South African Brand

Inga Atelier is the luxury leather brand making big waves.

Inga Gubeka is the young South African behind the luxury leather goods brand taking South Africa by storm. Clean lines and simplicity are the hallmarks of the sophisticated leather accessories which have graced SA Fashion Week in the past.


Gubeka writes on social media:

"I'm just a boy from the village of Engqeleni (Eastern Cape) with a dream that some day my brand will be recognized internationally as one of the best luxury leather goods brand to come out of Africa."

Following this tweet, the goods at his store in Hyde Park, north of Johannesburg, were immediately sold out with the likes of South African celebrity Maps Maponyane stopping by to purchase some of his goods.

Gubeka teamed up with one of South Africa's leading banks and provided 120 of his leather goods for the dignitaries who were in attendance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Among the attendees were none other than President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan. Gubeka had the opportunity of personally gifting one of his beautiful leather bags to President Ramaphosa who seemed visibly delighted by the high-quality accessory.

In what has been humorously described as "Cyril's tough economy" by South Africans of late, Inga Atelier has managed to capitalize on a niche market. There is a demand for locally handmade luxury goods whose quality is befitting of the hefty price tags and Gubeka has tapped into just that.

On average, it takes the young designer about five hours to produce a single bag with the stitching process being the most intricate part. Gubeka states that the stitching has to be "very accurate".

Here are some of Gubeka's bags below. You can visit Inga Atelier's website for more.






Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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Meet Nigeria’s All-Female Bikers Club, Featured In Darey's Latest Video

Darey collaborates with all-female bike riders to reimagine a pandemic-free world in the new video for "Jojo."

In 2017, when Jeminat Olumegbon, an events manager in Lagos, set up the Female Bikers initiative (FBi) with her friend, Nnenna Samuila, the objective for the organisation was to facilitate some form of education for Nigerian women. "A bunch of us, bike riders, came together because we knew when we ride we draw attention to ourselves so we used that as a form of communication starter, especially in rural areas," Olumegbon, code-named Speed Diva, tells OkayAfrica via a phone call. In the three years since the initiative has been in operation, it has started a number of programs aimed at confronting socio-cultural barriers set against women in Nigeria but none is more resonant than the group's campaign against breast and cervical cancer.

"We found out that a lot of women die of breast and cervical cancer in Nigeria and they shouldn't be dying because there are preventive measures but lack of knowledge is what is really killing us," Olumegbon says. According to Nigeria's Cancer Control Plan, breast and cervical cancer are the most prevalent forms of cancer in Nigeria, disproportionately affecting women. And the Female Bikers initiative, a scion of D'Angels Motorcycle Club, Nigeria's first all-female bikers club, is working hard to get women tested early.

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Watch Wizkid’s New Music Video For ‘Smile’ Featuring H.E.R.

The Nigerian star dedicated the new video to his three sons: Bolu, Ayo and Zion Balogun.

Nigerian musical heavyweight Wizkid released his latest track today. The song, titled "Smile," features Grammy award winning US singer/songwriter H.E.R.

The track coos sounds of unconditional love and the things we do for it. It features Wizkid and H.E.R. going in over an infectious beat.

This comes as Wizkid fans await the release of his delayed fourth album, Made in Lagos. We're sure they'll be more excited than ever after getting this new single.

"Smile" follows Wizkid's latest release Soundman Vol. 1 EP, which came out late last year and featured the likes of Chronixx, DJ Tunez and more.

Listen to Wizkid and H.E.R.'s "Smile" below.

Update: Watch the newly released music video for "Smile" below. The Nigerian star dedicated this new Meji Alabi-directed music video to his three sons: Bolu, Ayo and Zion Balogun.

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