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Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

'The Hair Appointment' Is a Gorgeous Photo Series Showing the Beauty of Black Hairstyling

The latest from Josef Adamu and his creative platform Sunday School will leave you in awe.

Nigerian-Canadian artist Josef Adamu and his platform Sunday School have been bringing the heat with quality, stunning projects since we touched base with him in April.

The latest from Sunday School is a photo series entitled The Hair Appointment that was shot on location in a home and at Alima's Hair Salon and Slayed in Braids in Brownsville, Brooklyn. As Adamu says in his explainer, "The Hair Appointment was a visual series curated to demonstrate the beauty of hairstyling as a process, a lifestyle, and an overall experience. Our team used this opportunity to offer our visual perspective of hair braiding and everything that coincides."

He continues:

"Additionally, we captured an intimate hair braiding session from a family home, displaying the location flexibility of hair braiding and the emotions that come with it. As a team, we felt it was essential to show children as key components to the process. Whether they're physically learning the hair braiding routines, running around the shop, or simply getting their hair done, they add a strong element to the environment as a whole."


You'll notice that each time Sunday School drops a project, Adamu goes in detail about the creative process from beginning to end—and it's rightfully intentional.

"The feeling of transparency throughout the creative process is important because not only does it build trust amongst team members, it also inspires others to do the same," he tells OkayAfrica via email. "As a team, we actually encourage transparency because it keeps the process authentic. The vulnerability is known to make most feel uneasy, though it is often received as bold and respected by others because no creative process is free from flaws. Be open, be unapologetically yourself, it is all apart of the story!"

Take a look at our favorite shots from The Hair Appointment below, shot by photographer Jeremy Rodney-Hall. For the full visual series, click here.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Credits: Director/Producer—Josef Adamu || Photographer—Jeremy Rodney-Hall || Videography—Sooflight || Co-Producer—Helena Koudou || Wardrobe Styling—Habibat Adetonwa-Julmat || Makeup—Ernest Robinson || Talent—Taylor, Yohana, Idayat, Aziza, Hamzia, Zakia, Jackie

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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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