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Photo by Ugo Onwuzurike. Model: K.O. Asante. Creative Director: Obiora Anonzie.

First Look: Marvel & MIZIZI Present Their Highly Anticipated 'Black Panther'-Inspired Baseball Jersey

The African streetwear brand responds to fan demand with an exclusive jersey in collaboration with Marvel.

Wakanda continues to endure forever with this new baseball jersey by African streetwear brand, MIZIZI.

In collaboration with Marvel, MIZIZI is set to release an exclusive Black Panther-inspired baseball jersey due to fan demand.


The unisex baseball jersey, crafted from high-quality and long-lasting materials, is adorned with the necklace of Bodil around the collar and embellished with WAKANDA across the chest.

Paakow Essandoh, MIZIZI's founder, says the jersey was inspired by the brand's followers on Twitter. "Around the time the Black Panther trailer had dropped, a few of our followers were talking about how they wanted to wear MIZIZI to the release, and some even mentioned we should design an official Wakanda baseball jersey," the Ghanaian-American visionary says in a statement.

"After juggling the idea around a bit, I started doing some research and saw how remarkable the opportunity for synergy was. Our mission has always been to authentically connect members of the diaspora so they can represent their roots and passions through fashion," Essandoh continues. "Although some may not know where their roots originated [from], they can feel a sense of pride or belonging in the fantasy world of Wakanda. Through Black Panther, many people are finding their roots, and we want to immortalize that connection."

The MIZIZI x Marvel baseball jersey drops this Friday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. CST on MIZIZI's website. Sizes run in adult sizes from XS-5XL starting at $79.99.

Have a first look at the editorial, exclusively on OkayAfrica, below.

Photo by Ugo Onwuzurike. Model: K.O. Asante. Creative Director: Obiora Anonzie.

Photo by Ugo Onwuzurike. Model: Reema Howell.

Photo by Ugo Onwuzurike. Model: Ebichi Nduka. Creative Director: Obiora Anonzie.

Photo by Ugo Onwuzurike. Model: K.O. Asante. Creative Director: Obiora Anonzie.

Photo by Ugo Onwuzurike. Model: MIZIZI Mama. Creative Director: Obiora Anonzie.

Photo by Ugo Onwuzurike. Model: Obee Nduka. Creative Director: Obiora Anonzie.

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Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

Jay Trigga could very well be Zambian music's next big thing—and he's doing it all from China.

Zambia has relentlessly developed a vibrant music scene in recent times, instigating new genres like Zambian Rock (Zamrock), Trapundula (a music genre following the driving element of Kalindula) and putting their own spin on afrobeats. This has all been possible through the collective effort of young Zambian artists wanting to create music that is authentic, different, bold, and purely African.

For 21-year-old Zambian hip-hop artist Jack Lumbeta Kafukwilwa also known as Jay Trigga, the need to showcase Africa to the world through music has been his greatest motivation. "I would define my sound as afro-fusion as it is a mix. I am quite versatile so finding a word to define my sound is tricky because I do trap music as well. In clear terms, my sound is chill, youthful and futuristic," Jay Trigga tells me over our virtual conversation from China where he is currently studying a masters degree in business management.

Following collaborations with Ice Prince and Davido's DMW rapper Dremo, the young star is significantly bent on shooting for the stars in Zambia's music scene. We sat down with Jay Trigga to talk about his journey, new single, his influences in music and more.

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