Style

Top 10 African Menswear Bloggers You Need To Follow On Instagram

These stylish African men teach us a thing or two on their beautifully curated Instagram pages—check out who they are here.

African style bloggers have gained large followings lately—but the internet has continued to see stylish African men doing their thing online and taking the blogging world by storm.

These men are taking risks, transforming industry stereotypes and probably influencing your celebrity crushes closet (Oh heyyy, Kofi Siriboe!).

Below you’ll find clean looks, trendy patterns and mix of street style and traditional influences. Ladies sit back and enjoy the view. Fellas, take notes.

In no particular order, meet our favorite African men’s style bloggers of 2017 below.

1. Denola Grey

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Denola Grey is a men’s fashion blogger, model and media personality from Nigeria. His style and passion to be comfortable in what you wear and how you wear it is impeccable. The layout of his blogs clean, white and tasteful theme gives you a little hint of his unforgettable style. Visit his website to follow his journey.

2. Noble Igwe

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Noble Igwe is a Nigerian blogger and founder of 360nobs Group, an online magazine focused on news, entertainment, fashion and lifestyle. His mogul ventures have named him as one of Nigeria’s well-known creative entrepreneurs. Igwe’s successful brand is one to stay woke with; make sure to visit his website to keep up with this creative powerhouse.

3. Lourens Gebhardt

Lourens Gebhardt is a Namibian blogger on tumblr and menswear influencer that describes himself as the epitome of everything vintage. Lourens illustrates grown man sexy with his sophisticated, clean cut, dapper, vintage suits on regular basis – no seriously this man is never dressed down! Follow this dandy man’s blog on Tumblr to get daily inspiration.

4. Laduma Ngxokolo

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Laduma Ngxokolo is a textile and knitwear designer and blogger from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His passion for knitwear bred from the yearning to celebrate traditional Xhosa beadwork for men. He has a true desire to spread his love for his South African culture through clothing and to express his experiences he has learned through his travels in his designs. Check out how Laduma uses a piece of home to exude his Xhosa heritage to others by visiting his website.

5. Mohcine Aoki Harris

Mohcine Aoki Harris is a Moroccan blogger, model and photographer. Mochine’s street style with a bit of everyday chic is the perfect demonstration a young men transitioning to a grown man. He has a clear grasp of when, where and how to convey a certain look. Follow his blog here.

6. Franklin Saiyalel

Franklin Saiyalel is a male fashion blogger from Kenya. He uses his blog to advice his viewers on trends and an outlet to share thoughts and ideas on his passion with brand experiences, fashion and footwear. His style, vision, and helpful tips for his followers speak volumes about his influence to others. Make sure to stay tuned for all his adventures by following his site here.

7. Allen A. Coleman

Allen Coleman is a Ghanaian menswear blogger and street style/product photographer. He uses his blog to celebrate different forms of street style and his minimalist sense of style. In the bio of Allen’s website he says, “www.ByAllencoleman.com is simply a doorway into the journey of man who is infatuated with the beauty of his world.” Do yourself a favor and check out his beauty of art through his lenses and the way he sees himself in that world.

8. Trevor Stuurman

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Trevor Stuurman is a South African blogger, multimedia visual artist and a DAMN good dresser. He has an flawless eye for dressing well with his sharp Afrocentric sets, hats and constant culture appreciation. Did I mention his camera skills are breathtaking? Check Trevor's blog out on Tumblr for more.

9. Steven Onoja

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Steven Onoja is a Nigerian blogger that provides men with an urban perspective and effortless style to look up to. He collaborates with a number of international and iconic brands such as Nike, Levis and many others. For daily motivation, visit his website to see this smooth, crisp, creative and oh so fly individual climb to the top as one of Africa’s best.

10. Igee Okafor

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Igee Okafor uses is lifestyle blog to learn and create conversation about the growth and culture for menswear. He uses is travel experiences from Paris, Spain, Virginia and his Nigerian culture to navigate is fashion sense. With his witty smile, vibrant colors, and effortlessly fresh approach he is sure to add to the list as one of the best to follow—check out his blog here.

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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