In the Congolese capital of Brazzaville, there lives a community known as the “Sapeurs”. Their dynamic sense of style takes inspiration from the traditionally stunning bright colors of their home country, and that of their former European colonialists.

Two worlds come together in the form of dress,

There’s something so fresh about cultural integration, particularly when such a mergence takes place aesthetically within a sphere of clothing. When colours and textures and customs and styles come together, on equal level,  to tell an array of stories in  pain, struggle, opportunity and triumph.

I love it. I love

One of these pictures comes off a Parisian catwalk.

The other, from a small town in East Africa.

Well… How about that.

The debate between “inspiration” and cultural thievery, continues.

 

There’s this popular monthly music festival in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. It’s called “Blankets & Wine”. I was in town. I was invited.  There were due performances by South Africa’s Tumi & Volume and Kenya’s own Sautisol. And so, off I went.

 

The added pleasure of

Once upon a time, an established entrepeneur by the name of Lukman Akanbi decided to move to the United Arab Emirates.

Lukman was from Nigeria. Fiercely proud of both his nation and mother continent, he went about a vision to solidly implement an African precense in his new Middle Eastern home.

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