Cameroonian/French Label Juneshop Nods To Powerful Women With 'Amazones'

Cameroonian/French label Juneshop nods to powerful women with their spring/summer 2015 "Amazones" collection.

Cameroonian designer Nelly Mbonou founded her Juneshop label of boldly cut, wax printed womenswear in 2001. Based in Paris and produced in Cameroon, the brand sees itself as a "Melting Mode" intended to reinterpret what they refer to as "ethnic folklore in an urban setting." For their spring/summer collection the label nods to powerful women with a line of bold, brightly-colored biker jackets, retro dresses and high-waisted pants and skirts. "Amazones," the label says, are "mythological warrior women, positive heroic figures, protectors and founders of cities, attractive and feared anti-role models, free and conquering." In an email to Okayafrica, Mbonou elaborated on the concept behind her latest collection.

"To me nowadays Amazons are these strong, independent women who build their own destinies but who also change society, not just by thoughts or words, but by their actions. In short words, you can call them feminists though they may not call themselves this way. These women educate, work, testify everyday and we all have one or several of them in our immediate surroundings. They do not seek to take the place of men but to assert their position in society. That's what I try to express in my creations. First by working with organic, fluid and comfortable materials that free the body and encourages movement. As always, all my designs include African fabrics, with their bright colors and diversity of designs and each and every woman can express herself in her own way, according to her desires and her complexion. All creations are designed from XS to XXL for all body types, all beauties. The Amazones are anti-role models, away from the dictates of fashion and the unique image of female beauty they put forward. The Amazones do not reject their femininity, on the contrary, they are attractive women, this collection is also heavily loaded with dresses. The Amazones collection revisits the classics of feminine wardrobe as a celebration of women's freedom, a hymn to their ability to constantly reinvent themselves by creating their own rules."

View photos from Juneshop's Spring/Summer 2015 "Amazones" lookbook in the gallery above. For more, follow the label on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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