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The Boldness of Ghana's Fante People Encompass TawiaDesigns' SS/17 Collection

TawiaDesigns' SS/17 collection draws inspiration from the art and boldness of the Fante people.

Ghanaian-American shoe brand TawiaDesigns recently launched their SS/17 collection that embodies the art and boldness of the Fante people. Handcrafted by local artisans in Morocco and Ghana, each shoe is designed to fit any occasion.


While this line gives us the usual laid back, comfortable, yet original vibes, Fante SS/17 is distinct from past collections for the brand.

"I really wanted to do something different from my previous collections," Emmanuel Tawia, creative director of TawiaDesigns, says to OkayAfrica via email. "Working with artisans on this collection was really my highlight. For them to be able to learn new techniques and come up with my ideas really pushes me to keep creating not only with the shoes but also for the fact that I am employing locals within Africa with sustainable jobs."

TawiaDesigns continues to put in the work and give back—every purchase made from their store helps nurture youth and build sustainable communities.

Take a look at the editorial shot by Aleah Clark below.

Photo by Aleah Clark.

Photo by Aleah Clark.

Photo by Aleah Clark.

Photo by Aleah Clark.

Photo by Aleah Clark.

Photo by Aleah Clark.

Photo by Aleah Clark.

Photo by Aleah Clark.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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