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Wekafore's Sublime Short Film Honors His Grandmother and Nigeria's Golden Era of the 1970s

God Is A Black Woman features looks from the Nigerian designer's 2017/2018 campaign while celebrating the divinity of the black woman.

Emerging Nigerian designer to watch, Wekafore, has released a short film highlighting looks from his brand's 2017/2018 collection.

God Is A Black Woman, directed by Costa Rican filmmaker Adriana Ramirez, is an ode to Wekafore's grandmother who lived during Nigeria's golden era of the 60s and 70s.

"When she was young and beautiful' he says in a statement, "she showed me the greatest love that anyone could have, she gave me my mother, she gave me life."

Wekafore honors, worships and immortalizes his grandmother in God is a Black Woman. You'll hear his thoughts in Yoruba layer the visuals, challenging the preconceived notion of God being a man.

"I feel more comfortable with the idea of God being a Woman," he continues. "A woman that gave birth to the world, and loved the world so much that she gave us her only son? How sexist and stupid it is for us to think that a man would do that ?'

As Wekafore continues to recreate Nigeria's golden moments, he taps into 1970s Nigeria, channeling the vibe and lifestyle of afro-rock, funk and disco culture—the raw passion and expression that his native country thrived in briefly—with little to no American or British influences. This inspiration is still needed, as he seeks to change the perspective of the future of African culture to Africans and to the world.

Watch God Is A Black Woman below.

Take a peak at Wekafore's 2017/2018 Collection here.

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Discover the Minimalist Designs of Nigerian-Owned Fashion Label NASO

They're set to launch their latest collection at Banana Republic this month.

NASO is a new fashion label founded by first-generation Nigerian-American Uyi Omorogbe, who has made it a point to place social impact and minimalist design at the center of the brand.

Influenced by African aesthetics and manufactured completely on the continent, the brand is invested in building schools in rural ares of Nigeria, and uses a percentage of its earnings in order to do so, says Omorogbe. The brand built its first school in the Nigerian village of Urhokuosa, where Omorogbe's father is from in 2019.

Now, NASO is expanding in a major way with a new partnership with fashion retailer Banana Republic. The line will launch at their flagship store in Manhattan later this month, and it's the first brand to have a pop-up at the store. The hope is that the collaboration will help further NASO's ethically-minded mission. "Our mission is simple: to produce great products, create economic opportunity, and empower the youth of Africa to change their communities and in the process, the world," says Omorogbe. "When our customers wear our clothing, we want them to have a feeling of empowerment, a feeling that makes them think, "Well done," or as we say in Nigeria, NASO."

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Nike Has Unveiled a New Nigeria 2020 Kit—and It's Just as Striking as the First

The Super Eagle's new kits are an impressive follow-up to the 2018 design.

Nike and Nigeria have done it again.

On Wednesday, the sporting brand unveiled a brand new Nigeria kit. This comes after the success of the wildly popular World Cup kit from 2018 which seamlessly fused streetwear with athletic function. The famous design was even nominated for the Beazley Design of the Year Award the year of its release.

The 2020 design is just as striking, featuring an angled, hand-drawn green design on top of a cream base. The Super Eagles's football crest is placed at the top front of the jersey, with the signature Nike swoop underneath. Matching sock sets were also unveiled for both colors of the jersey.

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The 10 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month

Featuring Rema, Niniola x Femi Kuti, Tony Allen, 2Baba, Olamide, Burna Boy, Fireboy DML and more

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Nigerian scene in February.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 19 Best South African Songs of the Month

Featuring Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa, The Big Hash, Nduduzo Makhathini and more.

Our list of the best South African songs of the month includes new singles that dropped in October, alongside those that were highlighted by getting the music video treatment.

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