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This New Fashion Editorial From Ikiré Jones Is an Assault on American Hypocrisy

Ikiré Jones presents their new editorial for their FW17 collection as a call to denounce hypocrisy and embrace hope in America.

Ikiré Jones returns with yet another striking approach to storytelling through an editorial presenting their FW17 line, Awake & At Home In America.


The meticulous tailoring and bold prints are accompanied by prose that makes America hold up a mirror to take a discerning look at itself.

"Although the promises of the past may not have been made with us in mind

We fully intended to hold them to account

Regardless of what tongues we speak

Regardless of what names we choose to call in prayer

Regardless of what offense it might cause to the delicate sensibilities of the old guard

We are the America that is here to stay

We are awake and we are very much at home"

We caught up with the brand's creative director, Walé Oyéjidé, on the purpose and inspiration of the line.

"This collection continues in the vein of my work mining the refugee and immigrant experience," Oyéjidé says. "Previously, we examined the lives of migrants in Europe. Now, we are turning our lenses to people on American soil that are seen as outsiders even though they have just as much a right to be here as anyone else."

He continues:

"The collection affirms the notion that the principles that this country were founded upon have not historically been applied to all its citizens. It is also a reminder that many of the people who so firmly claim ownership to this nation are themselves descended from immigrants (to put it kindly).

The collection is a call to denounce hypocrisy and embrace hope. Because ultimately, that is the only way we are going to keep this grand experiment we call a country in one piece."

Take a look at our favorites from Ikiré Jones' Awake & At Home In America editorial, photographed by Joshua Kissi, below:

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Credits

Photography: Joshua Kissi

Models: Alysia Beckford, Mominatu Boog, Lawrence Annunziata, Jason Kusimo, Naima

Make Up: Alana Wright

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


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Nigeria's Super Falcons Were Forced To Threaten a Sit-In Protest Over Unpaid Bonuses After Women's World Cup

After negotiations, the Nigerian Football Federation have agreed to run the players their money.

Nigeria's own Super Falcons had a great run during the Women's World Cup. But instead of the players heading back home or to their respective professional clubs after losing to Germany 3-0, they were forced to strong-arm the Nigerian Football Federation to pay what they're owed.

According to ESPN's initial report over the weekend, the Super Falcons threatened to stage a sit-in protest at their hotel in France until all of their unpaid bonuses dating back to two years ago were paid, along with their World Cup allowances and bonuses.

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