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7 Emerging African Designers You Should Know

Through innovative strides and careful execution these womenswear and menswear designers are changing the way we see African fashion.

2. Wekafore

Birthed in May of 2013, Wekafore is a unisex brand that represents the essence of youth subculture in Africa and is shaping a space where conformity is a myth. Founded by designer and creative director Maniu Jibril, the brand takes inspiration from both his Nigerian roots and Dubai upbringing, where he relocated to after a tragic fire in his Lagos home in 2007.

Despite dealing with adversity growing up in Dubai, Jibril used art and design as way to express himself and bring his own ideas to life. His latest collection, “Thank You Florence,” infuses both high-end and streetwear silhouettes with a unique execution and attention to detail. The collection even has a graphic tee that take inspiration from Nollywood films and artists like Jimi Hendrix, which shows the range of influence that has shaped his life. Although this is just the beginning of of Jibril’s journey, his approach to urban African design is shaping a unique lane for himself and opening doors for the future of alternative designers in African.

Photo courtesy of Wekafore.

Photo courtesy of Wekafore.

Photo courtesy of Wekafore.

Photo courtesy of Wekafore.

Photo courtesy of Wekafore.

Photo courtesy of Wekafore.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

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This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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