Travel Diary: Style Star Malcolm Mensah's Favorite LA Hideaways

Malcolm Mensah works for some of the world's biggest luxury fashion brands. Splitting time between NYC and LA he hopes to visit Ghana soon.

June is “No Borders” month at OkayAfrica. That can mean a lot of things and we’ll get to that, but one thing we wouldn’t want to miss out on is the sheer joy of travel. So, to honor the carefree black traveler we’ll be posting new photo diaries from a wide range of African and diaspora super-travelers of their favorite places and why.

Our fourth travel diary this month comes from Malcolm Mensah. Born to Ghanian parents, the Bronx native has built a strong rolodex of high rollers from around the world. Living between New York and Los Angeles, Mensah is a liaison for celebrity clientele and luxury retailers such as Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Hugo Boss, and Saint Laurent. From styling some of the most affluent housewives to working with the industry’s top stylist for award shows, video shoots and appearances, Mensah never has a dull day.

OkayAfrica: Have you been to the Africa? what did you feel or hope to feel when you go?

Malcolm Mensah: I have not been back to Ghana since I was a kid. I am happy to announce that I will finally be visiting this fall. Recently I have not been able to stop thinking, Googling, and downloading everything Africa!! Being around other successful Africans and seeing us live our BEST LIVES has brought a new found appreciation and proudness that I'm craving more of! Like I CANNOT wait to go to Ghana now! I am excited to see where not only my entire family is from, but where my origins are as an African man.

Below, Mensah shares some of his favorite spots around the United States.

Commissary at the Line Hotel, Los Angeles

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Mensah

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Mensah

“Los Angeles is my home away from home. I love to be there because although it is a major city it has great weather, the beaches are amazing and I can still enjoy all my favorite restaurants from NY.”


The rooftop at the W Hotel in downtown Miami

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Mensah

The streets of London

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Mensah

“London is a always fun! It's my European New York. I have a lot of clients that live there and love for me to visit “

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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