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This Nostalgic Lookbook Showcases Comfy Knitwear With A Playful Ghanaian Twist

Ghanaian designer Jane Odartey wants her throwback-inspired knitwear collection Sane Momo to encourage us to live in the present.

Ghanaian designer Jane Odartey wants Mawusi's latest collection of knitwear to encourage us to live in the present. Hence, the name Sane Momo, a phrase that translates to "old concerns" in the Krobo dialect.


"[Sane Momo] is interested in extracting that which we long for in the past and placing it into something that has value to the present and in so doing to encourage living in the present," Odartey told Okayafrica via email.

The star of the collection is undoubtedly the granny square, as the designer describes it. Intrigued by the sense of comfort typically associated with the classic pattern, she considered ways to make the squares contemporary, playful, and exciting to suit the Mawusi individual. That's where her Ghanaian heritage came into play.

"The average Ghanaian’s sense of fashion is incredibly colorful, festive, and wonderfully eclectic," writes Odartey.

Partially inspired by the nostalgia-inducing Throwback Thursday hashtag, each piece from the Mawusi Fall/Winter 2015 collection was designed, handmade, modeled and photographed by Odartey in her Queens, New York, home.

"Mawusi is very DIY," she says. "It is the story of being driven by passion despite lack of funds and connection. It is using what you have and making the best of it."

Visit the Mawusi website to learn more and shop the Sane Momo collection.

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Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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YouTube's Online '#Stay Home... #WithMe' Music Festival Will Keep You Entertained This Weekend

Watch Reekado Banks, Gigi Lamayne, Asa, Skales and other African artists perform live this weekend as part of YouTube's online music festival, 'Stay Home #WithMe'.

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Malians Heading to Voting Polls Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

The Malian government has announced that the parliamentary election scheduled to take place this weekend will continue.

Malians are set to head to the voting polls this coming Sunday in spite of the coronavirus outbreak and a raging jihadist conflict.

AFP reports that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced that the parliamentary election would continue "in scrupulous respect of protective measures."

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