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From Nigeria to New York, Busayo Olupona Creates a Fashion Pipeline

The Brooklyn-based fashion designer, who also works as a lawyer, has stayed true to her roots, and found a growing fashion empire as a result.

When she was at school, in the small town of Davis, California, Busayo Olupona used to get teased by other kids for the bright-patterned clothing she’d wear, made out of material from Ife in Nigeria, where she spent her early years growing up. Today, the same kind of clothing she used to be mocked for is the very reason Olupona's become a sought-after name in fashion, with designs from her eponymous label worn by celebs from Madonna to Lupita Nyong’o.

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How GinJan Bros Brought Juice and Hope from Guinea to the US

Brothers Rahim and Mohammed Diallo set up their cafes to share their Ginjan Bros juice with Americans, and along the way, have shared their story of perseverance too.

When Mohammed and Rahim Diallo were first approached by Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton, they thought he was just going to feature their business, Ginjan Bros, in a single Instagram post, in which they’d talk about the challenges the pandemic had brought to their company. Instead, over 12 posts, fans of the popular storytelling account came to learn of the tenacity and triumph the brothers faced in immigrating from their home in Guinea to New York City.

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