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Kenzo's New Short Film Is a Celebration of Youth Culture In Nigeria

Kenzo takes things to Nsukka, Nigeria for their latest short film, directed by Akinola Davies Jr. and Ruth Ossai.

French luxury house, Kenzo, take their collection to Nigeria in their latest fashion film, "Gidi Gidi Bụ Ugwu Eze" ("Unity Is Strength"). 

The film, directed by Akinola Davies Jr. and Ruth Ossai is the latest in a series of fashion shorts produced by the Parisian brand.

The 6 and-a-half minute video, offers a stylized interpretation of life in the Igbo town of Nsukka in Enugu State, Nigeria, where Ossai's family hails from. The campaign's models were chosen from local school and churches, reports Dazed. The video follows the young men and women as they get their hair done, throw their own beauty pageant, and show off their dance moves.

The clip is a celebration of Nigerian youth and their cultural manifestations. "Young black Nigerian bodies (by) capturing them celebrating Igbo culture and traditions, showing that beauty is always present when there is a commitment to the celebration of culture,” says Davies. 

"Gidi Gidi Bụ Ugwu Eze" is about Nigerians telling their own story. "Your community is (also) your extended family. Our strength coming from utilising one another and trusting each other’s process,” says Davies.

Watch the clip below, via Paper Magazine.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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