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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.






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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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