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'Seeing Double' Tells A Street Style Story In Johannesburg

Rising Johannesburg-based photographer Nikki Zakkas tells a street style story in Joburg CBD with her 'Seeing Double' fashion editorial.

Nikki Zakkas is a rising Johannesburg-based photographer who recently caught our eye (via We-Are-Awesome) with her colorful street style editorial for South Africa's recently launched Unlabelled Magazine. The shoot stars Soweto-born fashion gurus (and sisters) Tumi and Itumeleng Nko in a series of photos in Joburg CBD. "My work is really about combing my two studied interests fashion and photography," she wrote Okayafrica. With her Seeing Double photos, Zakkas says she intends for the images to act as facilitators for expressing local urban identity. "I hope to tell an interesting and honest fashion story through my photographs," she told us. Below, Zakkas shares more on the story behind Seeing Double.


"I created these images for an up and coming online magazine www.unlabelledmagazine.com. The shoot illustrates how two different positions, or expressions can change the dynamic of a photograph when they are played against each other. The founder of the Unlabelled Magazine, Phendu Kuta, is looking to provide a platform through which to showcase local youth culture and so the creative direction of this shoot was to reflect style as it is seen on the streets of Johannesburg (in this instance colourful, sportswear inspired items, all locally designed, were sourced). Tumi and Itumeleng Nko were selected because they are representative of the neighbourhood societies and subcultures drawn on by the magazine for inspiration. The girls, who I found out about through internet hype around their personal style, are popular, particularly in Dobsonville (a township in greater Soweto) where they are from, for their unique and expressive way of dressing."

H/T We-Are-Awesome

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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