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'My Dark Twisted Fantasy' Lookbook By Nigerian Stylist Richard Akuson

Nigerian stylist Richard Akuson unveiled his 2015 lookbook, entitled 'My Dark Twisted Fantasy'.

Emerging Nigerian stylist Richard Akuson recently unveiled a 2015 portfolio lookbook featuring his own perception of the trendy woman. His My Dark Twisted Fantasy photo series portrays a strong, bold and nonchalant feminine character  (it also takes its title from Kanye West's 2010 opus). Akuson's girl is very much laid-back, she's a fashionista despite her will. She knows how to effortlessly pair stylish garments to put together a look in any environment. She's trendsetter no matter what her intentions might be. Akuson explained his ideas about the lookbook, stating:


"I imagine that women in the near future will be highly evolved, as such care more about the art in fashion than the beauty of it. This look book explores the wardrobe of this evolved woman, the intricacies of her complex and audacious style. Such a woman sees her self as more of an editorial tear-sheet than a woman, thus, deviating from convention in her quest for broader self expression. Naturally, I figure that this woman in her elaborate style wears her hair big, with little to abstract makeup; subtle blue brows, earth tone eye shadow, mascara and burgundy lip colour in this case. She’s strongly characterised by her extravagant use of jewellery, and in this case, rusty tribal jewellery. To her, more is actually more. This is an attempt to juxtapose my imaginations to the real life Italian style icon Anna Dello Russo and the Lagos game-changer Nkiru Anumudu, whose style have successfully made the unimaginable fashionable. Though hard to explain, their larger-than-life style partly forms a vivid representation of what I imagine the next generation woman to look like." 

Scroll through our gallery to view the photographs and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #richardakuson.

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Discover the Minimalist Designs of Nigerian-Owned Fashion Label NASO

They're set to launch their latest collection at Banana Republic this month.

NASO is a new fashion label founded by first-generation Nigerian-American Uyi Omorogbe, who has made it a point to place social impact and minimalist design at the center of the brand.

Influenced by African aesthetics and manufactured completely on the continent, the brand is invested in building schools in rural ares of Nigeria, and uses a percentage of its earnings in order to do so, says Omorogbe. The brand built its first school in the Nigerian village of Urhokuosa, where Omorogbe's father is from in 2019.

Now, NASO is expanding in a major way with a new partnership with fashion retailer Banana Republic. The line will launch at their flagship store in Manhattan later this month, and it's the first brand to have a pop-up at the store. The hope is that the collaboration will help further NASO's ethically-minded mission. "Our mission is simple: to produce great products, create economic opportunity, and empower the youth of Africa to change their communities and in the process, the world," says Omorogbe. "When our customers wear our clothing, we want them to have a feeling of empowerment, a feeling that makes them think, "Well done," or as we say in Nigeria, NASO."

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Nike Has Unveiled a New Nigeria 2020 Kit—and It's Just as Striking as the First

The Super Eagle's new kits are an impressive follow-up to the 2018 design.

Nike and Nigeria have done it again.

On Wednesday, the sporting brand unveiled a brand new Nigeria kit. This comes after the success of the wildly popular World Cup kit from 2018 which seamlessly fused streetwear with athletic function. The famous design was even nominated for the Beazley Design of the Year Award the year of its release.

The 2020 design is just as striking, featuring an angled, hand-drawn green design on top of a cream base. The Super Eagles's football crest is placed at the top front of the jersey, with the signature Nike swoop underneath. Matching sock sets were also unveiled for both colors of the jersey.

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"Zion 9, 2018" (inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo rag)" by Mohau Modisakeng. Photo courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

South African Artist Mohau Modisakeng Makes Solo NYC Debut With 'A Promised Land'

The artist will present the video installation 'ZION' and other works centering on the "global history of displacement of Black communities" at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in Brooklyn.

Renowned South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng presents A Promised Land, his latest solo exhibition, opening at Brooklyn's Jenkins Johnson Gallery this month. This marks the New York debut of Modisakeng's ZION video installation, based on the artists's 2017 performance art series by the same name. It originally debuted at the Performa Biennial.

"In ZION the artist deals with the relationship between body, place and the global history of displacement of Black communities," reads a press release. "There is an idea that all people are meant to belong somewhere, yet in reality there are millions of people who are unsettled, in search of refuge, migrating across borders and landscapes for various reasons."

In addition to the video, the show also features seven large-scale photographs that communicate themes of Black displacement. From 19th century Black settlements in New York City, which as the press release notes, were eradicated to clear space for the development of Central Park, to the scores of Africans who have faced conflict that has led them to life as refugees in foreign lands.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tony Allen x Hugh Masekela, Sarkodie, Rema, Costa Titch x Riky Rick x AKA and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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