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New Merchandise In The Okayafrica Store!


We've added new items in the Okayafrica store straight from the continent! Check out the super versatile kikoi scarves from Kenya (Ahmed rocks it above), beaded Zulu necklaces (Dina rocks them below) uniquely crafted by the hands of women in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa, and our favorite carry-all tote, also handmade by "Mnandi Design" in Cape Town, South Africa (Mnandi is "nice" in Xhosa) with wax fabrics imported from all over West Africa. If you're tryna brighten your wardrobe for summer, these accessories are essential. Just sayin. Enter the store here

While you're in the store check out all the amazing new photos we've curated featuring an awesome cast of NY- based musicians and artists including soul king Bilal, songstress Maya Azucena, Afi McClendon from the cast of FELA! on Broadway, Bajah from Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, Ahmed Gallab of Sinkane fame, Tiombe Lockhart, vocalist from Cubic ZirconiaScheme and Andre Oswald from Old Money Massive, OKA's own Killakam, renaissance woman Dina Satti, and photo man Cochrane Williams.  The Okayplayer store has added new merchandise too! Check out their new wares here.

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Former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja Has Died

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja has reportedly passed away at age 82. The Nigerien government has announced a three-day national mourning period.

ABC News reports that former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja reportedly passed away this past Tuesday. The exact cause of death is unclear but reports indicate that the 82-year-old had been battling age-related illnesses for several years. The former head-of-state succumbed to his illness(s) in a hospital in Niamey, Niger. According to VoA, the Nigerien government officially called for the nation to enter into a three-day mourning period.

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South African Designer Thebe Magugu Becomes International Woolmark Prize Finalist

Multi award-winning South African fashion designer, Thebe Magugu, has been named as one of six finalists in the 2021 International Woolmark Prize.