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Yaya Deng x Oyster Magazine

Oyster Magazine releases an editorial featuring Kenyan-born model Yaya Deng photographed by Byron Spencer.

This editorial in Oyster Magazine's recent S/S 14 issue caught our eye for its bold direction and style. Photographed by Byron Spencer and starring Kenyan-born model Yaya Deng, the shots remind us of a mix between high-end photography and graphic painting. Styled by Caroline Sundt-Wels and Jedda-Daisy Culley, the garments come from Australian label Desert Designs' The Collector's Collection, which uses vintage fabrics from the 1980s. The pattern designs are incredible and Deng is a perfect fit for the series. Scroll through our gallery to view the photographs and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #yayadeng.

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How Relocating to Ghana Helped Reinvigorate Jewelry Designer Aisha Asamany's Work

Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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