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From Kenneth Ize's A/W18 presentation. Photo via Lagos Fashion Week's Instagram page.

Forget NYFW: These Are the Fashion Weeks You Need To Attend in Africa

OkayAfrica's guide to African fashion weeks.

Last week kicked off the year's global fashion week calendar with New York Fashion Week. Afterwards, fashion editors, bloggers, photographers, models and stylists will then head to Paris, London and Milan to complete the season. However, the world's most populated and youngest continent with a clothing industry worth between $15-$31 billion continues to be ignored.

Increased education levels on the African continent, rising gross domestic product (GDP) and more stable economies have led to a rising middle class with more disposable income to spend on fashion. As Swedish photojournalist Per-Anders Pettersson, who photographed fashion weeks in 16 African countries for a book titled African Catwalk, says: "The modern African consumer is becoming more sophisticated." Although there is no official calendar for African fashion weeks, almost all of the 54 countries on the continent hosts some sort of fashion event.

Below you'll find OkayAfrica's guide to some of the major fashion weeks around the continent.

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View of Yinka Shonibare MBE's work 1-54 New York 2018. Courtesy Katrina Sorrentino for 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

7 African Curators You Should Know

These African curators have already made in impact in the art world—get to know them.

The Brooklyn Museumrecently made headlines when it hired two white people as curators for their African art department. In October 2016, an article by TheNew York Times titled "Discovering Contemporary African Art, With a Curator as a Guide" profiled three curators and only one was African.

Coverage like this has led to the assumption that there aren't many curators of African descent. The reality is that African curators have held shows at biennales in Europe, curated ground breaking exhibitions and changed the way African art is perceived.

Here is our list of the seven African curators you should know.

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