Style

Ghanaian Designer Kofi Ansah Passes On

Internationally-acclaimed Ghanaian fashion designer Kofi Ansah passed away this past weekend, we remember his designs.

This past weekend, Ghanaian fashion designer Kofi Ansah passed away. A pioneer in modern African fashion & design, Ansah had been a tireless force in promoting and exposing West African styles on the international stage. Born to Ghanaian artists, (a classical musician and a photographer) Ansah graduated from London's Chelsea School of Art before deciding to return to his native country to start a line and help develop its national fashion industry. Ansah started with his freshman label ArtDress Ltd., later expanding into an eponymous line through which he organized and gave workshops to young and emerging Ghanaian designers. He also created and served as president of the Federation of African Designers. In terms of style, he's known for his craftsmanship in womenswear, highlighted by an undeniable signature touch — a great combination of Western contemporary design and traditional West African art. Scroll through our gallery to view some of his designs and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #kofiansah.

Interview

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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