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OkayAfrica Launches “Detty December”with Spotify and Inverroche

OkayAfrica marks the beginning of Ghana’s annual party season with an exclusive event that was filled to the brim with food, fun, and good vibes.

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On Tuesday (December 27th) OkayAfrica hosted an exclusive event welcoming the African diaspora to Accra, Ghana for this year’s edition of “Detty December." For the event, OkayAfrica was partnered with Spotify and South African gin brand Inverroche, and it was a night filled to the brim with food, fun, and good vibes.

The music for the night was provided by one of Accra’s tastemakers, Eff The DJ. He held it down all night with a stellar set spanning several genres. Starting the night off with sounds from South Africa, songs like “Salary Salary,” by Robot Boii, Mellow & Sleazy and Soul Revolver, and “Bayana Ke Bafana”—by Pabi Cooper, Focalistic, and Ch’cco—set the tone as 2022’s favorite global sound Amapiano resounded all through The Neem Grill — an enclosed rustic bar and restaurant situated in the Spintex area within the heart of Accra.

The drinks flowed from a custom menu of signature cocktails laced with Inverroche spirits, accompanied with mouth-watering small chops. The event was graced by several celebrities and power players from various industries, including the likes of afropop star KiDi; actress Nikki Samonas; and entrepreneur and CEO of Lynx Entertainment Richie Mensah. Also in attendance were fashion designer Sandi Owusu of Talensi Atelier, fashion writer and curator Ẹniafẹ́ Momodu, celebrity makeup artist Zulky, photographer Kofi Dotse, visual artist and creative director Sabina Baaba Noonoo, DJ Solo, 95ANTNY, and marketing executive for Bel Air Properties, Aaditya Kapoor. The Spotify Africa team was present at the event as well, including Spotify’s editorial manager for West Africa, Benewaah Boateng.

The music wasn’t the only attraction of the night, as an art installation by Tigon Creative Studios also earned much attention. Patrons engaged the creatively designed afrocentric setup as the backdrop to their photos and videos, filled with dance moves, smiles, and positive energy.

In terms of sounds, Amapiano wasn’t the sole star of the show. Eff The DJ took it across the African continent with top afrobeats tunes like Omah Lay's “i”, Ajebo Hustlers' “Pronto”, and “Angelina,” by Juls, Oxlade, and Falz. West Africa’s iteration of Amapiano made its appearance on the night’s playlist as well with songs like “Watawi” by CKay, Abidoza, Davido and Focalistic and “Fever” by Sefa, Sarkodie and DJ Tira displaying Nigeria and Ghana’s clever and skillful knack for making neighboring sounds their own.

The event was an awesome way to set the stage for Detty December and for visitors to Ghana for the holiday season to get a taste of what’s to come, with the likes of Detty Rave, Afrochella, and Afronation coming up right on its heels. Like minds got the chance to connect, share good vibes, and enjoy great music, courtesy OkayAfrica, Spotify, and Inverroche.

To hear all the amazing sounds from the night and more, you can check out the Detty December playlist on Spotify, curated by Eff The DJ below.

Detty December

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"Backstage is Where the Real Show Happens:’’ Behind the Scenes of Lagos Fashion Week 2022

The real magic of Lagos Fashion Week occurs backstage. Here is an inside look at how stylists, designers, models, photographers and makeup artists prep for a fashion show.

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The rumors are true: backstage at an internationally recognized fashion week is pure chaos. And fashion week in Lagos, a city perhaps most known for its own unique and distinct brand of chaos, is especially true. When I step in, I have to constantly move out of the way as a crowd of a few hundred people made up of some of most talented stylists, designers, models, photographers and makeup artists this side of the world are knee-deep in work and all scrambling around to produce one of the biggest fashion shows of the world. Multiple air-conditioners and fans are turned on and yet the heat is almost oppressive. In one corner, there are a few hundred pairs of shoes all around a table arranged neatly in a circle, on the other rows of clothes divided according to the brand showcasing that day and models seated in various stages of undress while makeup artists carefully apply makeup.

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While many of the fashion travelers came for the show that will eventually go on the runway, backstage there is a whole other show. ‘‘It is always fun. I love the chaos and pressure,’’ makeup artist Obidike Uchechukwu, who is working backstage at Lagos Fashion Week 2022, tells me. ‘‘Don’t get me wrong but I love being able to do a full face on the line up or switch makeup looks instantaneously especially when a designer’s private model strolls in late or the designer decides to change his or her models last minute. It is all work, work, work till the last finale of the last designer.’’

On the chaos, everyone seemingly agrees. Model Oscar Eche, who I catch backstage, looks forward to the madness and meeting people in the midst of it. ‘‘ Backstage is usually utterly chaotic,’’ says Eche. ‘‘Backstage is where most of the magic happens. As a full time model back then, I always anticipate being backstage and meeting top 'fashion people'."

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In real time, I watch as communication gets to a model—the next designer he is walking for is showcasing earlier than he had expected. The result? He has to quickly start changing even as other models start walking. He eye-marks when he has to go on and, luckily, gets his outfit on in time to join the lineup and walk down the runway. There’s just one mistake: he doesn’t have shoes on.The audience barely seems to realize this while the stylist and designers backstage are panicking. This is typical: people backstage obsessing over a mistake the audience barely notices, as well as a runway mistake happening through no fault of anyone but rather a fast-moving chain reaction.

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‘‘They don’t see the chaos. They don’t understand the time and effort it takes," says Uchechukwe. ‘‘ I mean once the pressure starts from the producer at the front house it gets backstage through the comms. And so you are doing makeup on a model while they are changing outfits and moving...The pressure gets worse as the show starts. You see the beautiful makeup on all the beautiful models. The makeup looks are well curated for each designer after going back and forth. I mean we still have designers who come last minute to change their looks and you just have to bring their vision to life through makeup. Oh we run, shout, some people argue but all in all it is to deliver a great show to the audience in the front house. Backstage is where the real show happens.’’

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When the final product walks down the runway, of course it is near impossible to associate it with chaos, panic, and other things that went into making it come alive. For Frank Aghuno, creative director of Fruche, that was something he was grateful for. He tells me that the collection he showcased this year was technically finished while he was backstage at the Balmoral Hall tents waiting to showcase. ‘‘A lot of the pieces were ironed for the first time backstage as we were still at the studio sewing one hour to show time," says Aghuno. "My pieces are a bit complex and a lot of the models were wearing them wrong. We ended up redressing most of them on the line up. Everything was rushed and so when people started to tell me how great the show was I was baffled. I’m glad everything turned out fine in hindsight.’’

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For Aghuno, his backstage experience typically starts off slow with him steaming clothes and finishing them.’’As our show time approaches anxiety kicks in and things begin to get a bit crazy. It always goes from silence to a sudden rush,’ says Aghuno. ‘‘The show starts and it seems like just seconds, then it’s over. They’re calling for the designer. I change from crocs to the shiniest silver Kiing David shoes, I walk to the end of the catwalk, take the final bow and head backstage. We start to retrieve pieces from the model racks to our bags. We are ready to leave. Then I remember I haven’t eaten all day. We go to one of those places that’s open overnight. We order food and head home. Work commences as usual the following day. ‘’

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