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You Need To Watch This Fabulous Video Highlighting a Century's Worth of Africa’s Hijab Styles

Travel through time with MuslimGirl's '100 Years of Hijab Fashion Part One' that touches down on the continent.

Taking a cue from Watchcut’s successful YouTube series, blog MuslimGirl  just dropped 100 Years of Hijab Fashion, focusing primarily on Africa.


Hijab—which Muslim women have traditionally worn to denote a sense of modesty, though its aesthetic has evolved as a trendy fashion accessory in recent years—owes its roots to Africa. However according to MuslimGirl, headwraps weren’t necessarily considered hijab on the continent because of anti-blackness spread through Arab conquest.

The one-minute showcase is full of attitude (the model flips off the camera at one point) and traverses countries Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Guinea, Mali as well as hijab styles such as Nigerian gele, Kenyan Kanga fabric, and Ghanaian duku. It takes a detour to the United States, highlighting hijab that black Muslims wore as the 1960s saw the Nation of Islam rise to prominence, before continuing to countries Cameroon, Tanzania, the Western Sahara, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Burkina Faso.

Travel through time and watch MuslimGirl’s video at the top, which captures the “most colorful Muslim population, not only in the color of their clothing, but in their skin.”

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''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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