Style

Our Favorite Looks From Joburg Fashion Week

These are our favorite looks from the Mercedes-Benz Joburg Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 14.

This last Thursday, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg took SA runways by storm for three days. A total of 22 designers were present and struck audiences with a wide range of styles and outfits. They included Irmgard Mkhabela, Tsotetsi KL, Stefania Morland, Marianne Fassler, Abigail Betz, Ruth Samaai Designs, Nokwanda Ngcobo, Duke, Ayanda Mthembu, Morphe, Shana, Tart, Selfie, Adriaan Kuiters, MaXhosa, David Tlale, Avant Apparel, Leigh Schubert, Augustine, Ruald Rheeder, and Viyella, Fabiani. Here at Okayafrica, we decided to compile a series of the best looks for you. Scroll through our gallery to view our hoices, all photographed by SDR Photos, and feel free to tweet @okayafrica with the name of your favorite designer.

Politics

#LGBTRightsGhana: Ghanaians Rally Support For the LGBT+ Community

Pro-LGBT+ advocacy in Ghana is at an all-time high as members of the community face public backlash.

The LGBT+ community in the West African country of Ghana is a fast growing group, but they are also highly marginalized. In recent times, the nation's LGBT+ population has faced increased backlash from members of Ghana's society who are opposed to the rights of the community. Many members of the community are forced to live secret or suppressed lives, as those who are open about their sexuality face discrimination and oppression in various forms and degrees, as a result of living in a society that lacks progressiveness and regard for basic human rights for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation.

At the moment both the backlash and the advocacy for the cause is currently at a climax, sparked by recent events concerning Ghana's LGBT+ support group and the public opposition against it by Ghana's society and the nation's government. Ghana's official LGBT+ support group, called LGBT+ Rights Ghana, established their headquarters in Accra on January 31, 2021. The office was intended to be a safe space and avenue of support for all LGBT+ Ghanaians. On February 24, 2021. the office was shut down by members of Ghana's national security force together with the police, on orders issued by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, after the center became the subject of a furious public backlash.

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