Sunday, November 04, 2007


SoundCity is an online Nigerian Music site that promotes the young talent in the fast growing Nigerian music and entertainment industry.

Soundcity writes about Nnenna that features in Mode 9's smash hit "Cry", "....Ever since Nnenna lent her soul stirring vocals to the hook of Mode Nine’s smash hit, “Cry’ there has been no looking back for the Enugu born singer. What stands her apart from the league of chanteuse and chanteur wannabes is the vividness and breadth of her lyrics and strength of her voice.

While others choose to dwell on the sweet and fickle, taking one sided views on issues bordering on love and life, Nnenna takes song writing a step further by exposing their underbellies too: portraying both as, at times been brutal, with outcomes totally unplanned and undesirable.

With ‘Oluchi’ the first single off her soon to be released album titled ‘Kissed’ she takes a sonic foray into the social malaise that is wife battery. Touchy issue for a first single, but moving and credible enough to win her a strong fan base plus considering her prior involvement in another sad song ‘Cry’, the unenviable tag of songstress of gloom. She however is not to be pigeon holed as she also has a sultry and sensuous side to her which will be unraveled as time goes on and she churns out more singles..."

"...Nnenna (surname Ezakune) was born, the last of five children to a lecturer father who is now late and a nurse mother. Her gift of singing, she attributes to her mother who also sang and wrote songs but never took it past the home and church. She started writing songs at age ten when she and a couple of girls formed The Glory Sisters at the University Of Nigeria secondary school. All this while, it was for fun and games and not until she was refused membership into the choir because she was perceived as a threat to the existing members that she, under the guidance of her brother decided to take music seriously.

She recorded a demo and an album titled Enrapture which was distributed independently by her family. Her brother feeling that his sister had a good chance of success came down to Lagos from their Enugu base and shopped a management deal with Gbenga Shokefun who was then, amongst other things, managing gospel group Kush.

Her management contract ultimately saw the UNN graduate of estate management seal a record deal with Question Mark entertainment headed by Kevin Lucciano-Gabriel: the stable on which her Kissed album is to be released. For Nnenna who also plays the piano and the guitar, she isn’t just making music for the money but she is also looking at changing people’s mindset through her lyrics..."

Photo and excerpts courtesy of SoundCity


Uru, according to her website is "...short of Uruaku. In her native West African language, Igbo, her name means "essence of wealth".When describing her creative process, Uru talks of melodies or words simply coming to her. Sometimes in song, cometimes in poetry, in no particular order and no particular hour..."

Africanloft also says "...Uru is a musician who has garnered critical acclaim from an international audience for daring to be different. She has been praised by Bill Board magazine as having “the talent to become a chanteuse of FORMIDABLE fame”. Uru’sstory is one of individualism and determination. A woman who has a strong sense of what she wants to represent and a woman with strong ideals.

She had the option to be signed to a major record label in the United States, rather she chose to go with an independent label that will provide her the freedom to sing and perform the kind of music she wants. Beyond all this, Uru uses her Political Science degree to advocate on different issues plaguing the African continent. I got a chance to speak to this “chanteuse” who mixes Rock music, Hip Hop, Opera and African music into a melodious blend that invites you to her world.

Photo and excerpts in this article are courtesy of AfricanLoft and Tantrumrecords

Saturday, November 03, 2007


Her website says "...AYO is a German born artist, the offspring of a Nigerian father who had come to Germany to study in the 1970s, and sometimes worked as a DJ, and a mother who is a gypsy. AYOs rather unusual name means joy in Yoruba. Her rich cultural background is also reflected in her musical influences. She grew up amidst Pink Floyd and Fela Kuti, the Soul Children and Bob Marley, and many others.

AYOs nomadic lifestyle brought her to live between Paris and New York, two capitals that accurately sum up her musical identity. In Paris, word got around fast, and she held initial solo concerts with her guitar, opened for Omar, the British soul brother and jammed alongside Cody Chesnutt.

AYO's entire album, Joyful, was recorded in New York under live conditions. She cries, laughs and moves us with her simplicity. To accompany her, producer Jay Newland put together a group of open-minded musicians that, with a note on a B3 organ or with a stroke of slide guitar melodiously enter this unusual world, which is studded with a few words in Pidgin, the street language of Lagos, and unveils recollections of gypsy life.

In addition to her parents, two other influences helped her set the tone of this album, which very well could have been recorded some 35 years ago. Firstly, theres mentor Donny Hathaway. Her other reference is Jimmy Cliff. Like her predecessors, she strives to naturally and sincerely share her stories and touch others, boosted solely by her life experience and her dreams..."

Photos and excerpts in this article are from Ayo's Myspace blog

Jourdan Dunn

According to the Vogue website she is big news for the coming action this side of the pond. "She is gorgeous and it is going really well," says Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Models, who famously discovered Kate Moss. "She is with us full time now. She had never left England before we took her to New York but she is loving it." Having already posed for the forthcoming Benetton campaign for photographer David Sims, Jourdan is now waiting for a slew of other jobs this season..."

Miles Erwin of the Metro Magazine of London writes that "...Jourdan Dunn was seen in the Hammersmith branch of the budget store by spotters from Storm – the company which launched the careers of Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and Sophie Dahl.

The 17-year-old, who is almost 6ft tall with a 32-23-35 figure, was signed up and flown to New York Fashion Week, where she appeared in 15 shows for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Dian von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger.

It was the first time she had left Britain. Since wowing the folks across the water, she has been part of an advertising campaign for Benetton, shot by photographer David Sims, and yesterday starred in the Julien McDonald show at the launch of London Fashion Week.

Jourdan said Storm's approach came out of the blue, adding: 'I was really, really shocked but delighted. 'My mum had said I would be a great model and I should approach some agencies. I never thought to, I didn't think I would make it.'

But Jourdan isn't letting all the attention go to her head. She still lives with mother, Dee, an office worker, in Greenford, West London. And she may not even be the only model in the family.

Her 16-year-old brother, who wants to be a footballer, has already been sounded out for a contract when he turns 17.

It's not the first time a supermodel has been discovered in an unusual place. Claudia Schiffer was found at a nightclub and Kate Moss was spotted at New York's JFK airport..."

Excerpts and photos in this article where taken from VOUGE, Metro, and STYLE.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ubong Attah

Businessweek says "..Ubong Attah describes herself as a serial entrepreneur. She ran a tutoring business in high school, taught herself Web design in college, then started a Web design firm her senior year called Studio10Fourteen, which she says is profitable and continues to operate. Ubong recently sold another business, an online jewelry shop, for around $55,000.

Because she was recently diagnosed with systemic lupus, she has turned her attention to starting a home-based business. Her new company, Prolete Medical Billing, makes use of her health-information management degree from Saint Louis University in St. Louis and her experience doing administrative work for her mother's two home health agencies. Ubong expects Prolete to have revenues of around $4 million in 2008..."

Avant Gaudy

In an article featured in Businessweek which says"..."I'm looking to learn how to create a more socially responsible business," says Deborah Umunnabuike, a political science major at the University of Chicago and co-founder of Avant Gaudy, an online vintage clothing shop she started with her sister, Jessica, an undergraduate at Hofstra University, in the summer of 2005. The daughters of Nigerian immigrants started the three-employee business because they were passionate about clothes and saw a growing demand among their peers for vintage clothing. And they soon realized that there was a growing demand abroad as well, specifically in parts of Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia, based on analyzing Web traffic to their site, almost 26,000 visitors from more than 30 countries. The sisters recruited Hong Kong native Vincent Choi to bring a global perspective to the business and better reach shoppers in Asia.

Deborah says running the business has made her want to become a serial entrepreneur, but until she graduates in 2009, she will continue to run it conservatively. She is also involved with the Forte Foundation, a group dedicated to creating young women business leaders, and is interested in continuing community work in the spirit of Avant Gaudy's DIY/Smashup Chicago, a daylong networking and trade-show event she organized in 2006 for craftspeople and entrepreneurs..."

Photo Courtesy of Businessweek

Saturday, September 15, 2007


"...Chinedesign was founded by Chinedu Ukabam four years ago. Today,Chinedesign-apparel has expanded from just graphic T's to skirts, dresses and jackets which are widely available in Toronto, Vancouver and Nova Scotia; while a Toronto store is currently in the works..."

Born in the UK and raised in Nigeria, Chinedu has lived many parts of the world which include Dubai and Canada have played a part in inspiring how he designs.

Chinedesign is a fashion design outfit founded by multi talented Chinedu Ukabam who is also a music producer.
In a recent interview conducted by Spectrum women we asked Chinedu the following questions about his work;

Q.What inspired you to become a fashion designer?

I have always been into fashion and clothes but I did not set out to become a fashion designer. I kind of stumbled into it. Music was my first passion: I produce, write and perform. About four years ago, I designed and produced a few t-shirts to promote my upcoming album called Love.Life.Music. It was a relatively simple design based on a newspaper article about me. The response was great. I sold about 300 of those shirts within a few months then people started asking me what my next design was going to be or when my fashion show was taking place. Initially, I had no grand vision of what I was trying to do with my clothing label or what sort of impact I wanted to make in the fashion world, I just made it up as I went along. I am still learning and feeling my way around.

Q.Are your designs slightly influenced by Urban Hip Hop Culture?

Hip-hop culture definitely influences my designs, from the themes I explore in some of the graphic tees all the way to my "cut, paste and manipulate" process of designing garments which to me is a lot like sampling in hip-hop production. In addition to hip-hop, I am also inspired by Japanese culture and Nigerian Nollywood films. My upcoming Gold Standard line is influenced by Victorian fashion trends and Prep-school uniforms. I am open to anything that ignites my creativity.

Q.Do You plan to host a 2008 fashion show?

I am definitely going to be having a few shows in 2008. All my fashion shows have been in Toronto, Canada but next year the plan is to reach New York, London, Los Angeles...

Q.Do you see what your currently doing in the fashion industry inspiring other African kids in diaspora into doing their own thing?

I hope so. Inspiration is cyclical. I am inspired by African designers such as Moshood and Deola Sagoe and in turn I hope someday I will be able to inspire others.

Q.Is going into fashion accessories something you might consider in the future?

My fall collection has some amazing belts in it and this October we'll be launching a line of ties and scarves called Deez Knots which is a joint partnership with Sophia Ho. I am very excited about Deez Knots and I can't wait for you to see what we are working on. We want to revolutionize the way people perceive and wear ties.

Q.What type of fabric do you prefer to work with.

I work with anything I can. Sometimes the fabric itself inspires the garment. I love the loud Ankara textile designs from West Africa and last year, I made Kimonos out of them. This year, I took the classic hounds tooth pattern, altered it so that it fades into a solid color and silk screened it onto neon-bright t-shirts and tank tops. I like to re-imagine fabrics. Make them do something different from what they are supposed to. Right now nothing looks better than raw selvage denim. That's what I am feeling right now.

Photos are courtesy of Chinedesign

Friday, August 31, 2007


dorothyduncan are a company that sells a dare to live attitude and lifestyle though unique and exclusive pieces by independent fashion designers from various parts of the Africa.

"...dorothyduncan is an online boutique that carries a collection of chic, eclectic, and culturally inspired pieces from independent fashion designers around the world. their mission is to serve the woman whose style is distinctive, daring, and inspired by offering edgy, dressy fashion pieces that add flair and personality to her great wardrobe of basics..."

Their website says "...Dorothy and Mandy are the co-founders of dorothyduncan. For two friends who had always wanted to work together, this turned out to be the perfect ad-venture for allowing them to combine their love for fashion and their entrepreneurial skills.

"...Our mission is to sell a dare to live attitude and lifestyle. At the heart of dorothyduncan is the idealistic appeal of being true to oneself and living the best life possible.

Our products are designed for women of all ages, who already feel great on the inside and want to look just as amazing on the outside. dorothyduncan aims to serve women who identify themselves as distinctive, daring, and inspired. We offer edgy, dressy fashion pieces that add flair and personality to an already existing wardrobe of basics.

We carry unique and exclusive pieces by independent fashion designers from various parts of the world. dorothyduncan adds spice to your wardrobe by offering a collection of chic, eclectic and culturally inspired pieces.

At dorothyduncan, we believe in living life by one's own rules. Our intent is to share this philosophy and infectious dare-to live attitude with our customers.

Dorothy is from Kenya. Mandy is from Guyana. They both live in Canada..."

Photos courtesy of dorothyduncan website.

aRUDE Magazine

aRUDE is a New York fashion-Art-Photography magazine founded by Ike' Ude'. His Androgenous/erotic style of art is very impressive and has brought him recognition in the international world Fashion-Art-Photography.

The website Indepth art News says"...From his provocative Cover Girl series featuring photographic portraits of himself on the cover of popular magazines to his writing on sexuality and identity, the work of Nigerian-born Ike Ude explores a world of duality: African/postnationalist, photography/performance artist, artist/spectator, male/female, mainstream/marginal, seduction/narcissism, and fashion/art..."

MC Magma also says "...Ike' Ude' Was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He is an artist, aesthete, writer, and publisher of New York based aRude magazine.
After studing in Nigeria and United States, Ude' started his artistic career, first as a painter, in the late 1980s. In the early 1990s, he began using photography to explore and deconstruct issues of representation and identity. His ongoing research has broadened the scope of his inquiry beyond the conventional parameters of photography to engage forms of mass comunication, including magazines, video, film, and television..."

Monday, August 20, 2007

Craig Native

According to his website Native is a streetwear brand launched by Craig Native in 2000, who derives from the Cape Flats in South Africa. Historically these area were plagued by apartheid and poverty in the old political system. A diverse mix of cultures mixed with ghetto lifestyle and improvisation in everyday life, is what led to the birth of Native.

Graphics are the big part of the collection and are derived from very African iconic images like wild animals, vegetables, African tribes and particularly everyday life in South African society..."

Photos courtesy of Craig Native.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

New African Design

The rundetaarn website says that "...New African design is haute couture, streetwear, graphics, ceramics, furniture and industrial design - combining cutting edge design with traditional crafts and visions of building a new and better Africa.

The exhibition will present 30 designers of 12 nationalities addressing issues such as: cultural strength and identity, empowerment, sustainability and low-cost housing, improving living conditions through design.

Many African designers have a great social awareness, and their product development often takes place in collaboration with craftsmen from rural areas. Local women from the Limpopo area weave the seats of Haldene Martin’s famous café chairs, while the industrial design group XYZ is developing life-improvement products such as a hand-driven radios and condoms with built-in applicat.

The exhibition will showcase design from Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. After the launch at Rundetaarn, the exhibition will proceed on a world tour ending in South Africa in 2010 – the year South Africa will be hosting the FIFA World Cup..."

Images courtesy of the rundetaarn website.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Azza Fahmy

Azza Fahmy's website says "...Since 1969 Azza Fahmy Jewellery has become one of the foremost luxury jewellery brands in Egypt..."
"...Azza Fahmy was born and raised in Sohag, in Upper Egypt. She graduated in interior design from the Faculty of Fine Arts and studied jewelry craft at the City of London Polytechnic before becoming the first female apprentice to several of the best jewelers in Cairo..."

This "...Cairo-based jewellery designer who developed from an artisan selling to a small circle of friends, to the founder of a business which employs 180 people and has showrooms in Egypt, Jordan and Dubai. Drawing from a range of Egyptian, Arab and Oriental traditions,her instantly recognizable pieces in silver, gold and semi-precious stones have long been favourites with Arab Royalty an celebrities..."

"...Azza Fahmy's jewellery uniquely blends the mystique of the ancient world with the cutting edge of the new. In her signature pieces the finest stones are set in gold or silver inlaid with gold and inscribed with Arabic calligraphy. Her exclusive lend of the very best of traditional classic style and modern is key to all four collections - culture, exclusives, fashion and gifts and to her bespoke jewellery too..."

Excerpts and Photos of this article are from the FT and the Azza Fahmy's website.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Design a Uniform, Shape a School

The African Leadership Academy is a world-class boarding school opening outside Johannesburg next year with the aim to develop a new generation of African Leaders.One of the the core elements of their philosophy is that young people cab and will change the world.

They are selecting a design for their school uniform by organizing a pan-African competition open to students and schools from all over Africa . They believe that by doing this, they will be living their belief that young people can be given great opportunities for impact and trusted to deliver on them.

The competition will be judged by a panel of internationally renowned African fashion designers.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Akua Adoma's Nana Boateng

Nana Boateng's website talks about his love for fashion and how he had to decide to be a designer rather than an athlete.The Sartorialist blog which according to Time magazine is one of 100 top Design Influences describes Nana as "...a guy that loved life and used his clothing as a way of expressing that joy..."

Akua Adoma also says "...A Ghanaian proverb instructs: “Let not what you cannot do tear you from what you can do.” These ancient words undoubtedly resonated with the gifted designer Nana Boateng, as in 2001, he pondered a major decision to make a radical career shift to fashion. Up to then, the Ghanaian, New York-bred designer’s sights had been set on athletics: once it became evident that this would no longer be a viable option, the designer looked about him and drew inspiration for his nextsteps from the powerful, stylish women of his family.

Nana’s aunt, Afia Akoto, studied design at the highly-regarded Scuola di Moda Ida Ferri in Roma. Ms. Akoto has in fact made her home and livelihood there for the last twenty years, and was Nana’s entrée to the concept of meticulous tailoring, clearly evident in his work since. The innate sense of style routinely displayed by Nana’s mother, Akua Adoma, had an invaluable influence as well. Mrs. Adoma is also an artisan of the exquisite lace used in the traditional clothing of Ghanaian women. It was no stretch for Nana, then, embark upon this career shift, and simultaneously to honor the legacy of his family’s women by naming his firm Akua Adoma.

The shirt collection, presented in Roma and London, was exceedingly well-received. The attention garnered provided the impetus for the line’s growth. Nana then turned his attention to the vast United States market. He soon established an atelier in the
luxury capital of Beverly Hills, where his sophisticated turn on men’s suiting has gained an intensely loyal following amongst Hollywood’s style elite.

Sony Pictures Entertainment provided the catalyst for Nana Boateng’s West Coast success. The relationships forged at the film conglomerate enabled extensive exposure for the Akua Adoma line, through costuming for major films and executives alike.

With an inborn design compass, a sensitive world-view shaped by his Ghanaian ancestry
and the classic eye of the revered European design tradition, Nana Boateng is infinitely well-suited to conquer the 21st century fashion universe..."

Excerpts and Photos courtesy of Akua Adoma. website


According to RunawayAfrica the founders of Bezemymalian are "...Both 24 years old, Bezem and Mai Lan are fashion designers. One is Franco-Vietnamese; the other is of Russian and Togolese origin. They have directed their talents in creating costumes with a strong ethnic influence. Inspired by their multicultural descents and their frequent trips to their homeland, they have mastered traditional crafts and techniques of Asia and Africa (embroidery, weaving, dyeing, painting)

Self-taught, they started creating their own pieces, while majoring respectively in the History of art and in Vietnamese. They decided to take a course in the making of historical costumes.

While attending university, they stepped foot in the entertainment world, contributing to different projects as costume designers for feature films, plays, musicals, carnivals… They had the opportunity to expose their work at several competitions for young designers, including "Le TrophÈe de la mode". The prestigious jury composed by representatives of l'Oreal, Hermes, XulyBet, and Galeries Lafayettes awarded them first prize. They also obtained a grant from La Maison Hermes.

Encouraged by this success, Mai Lan and Bezem conceived a unique and colorful world presented in a series of festive events. At their shows, dance and music performers, sharing similar influences, sport their pieces on stage.

Their goal is to associate this ancestral craft with modernity

In our cosmopolitan society, Mai Lan and Bezem stimulate, on European youth, a new interest in their roots..."

Photos courtesy of Bezemymalian

Monday, July 16, 2007

Jacqueline Rabun

Jacqueline Rabun is a self taught American Jewellery designer that started designing in the 1980's. She now designs for the famous Georg Gensen brand. The popular brand brand she's currently involved with include their Cave collection.

According to the Georg Gensen website "...Jacqueline Rabun began her journey into the world of contemporary jewellery design in 1989 when she arrived in London from her native America.

Her debut collection was instantly embraced by the fashion and design world and quickly established her as an international designer.

Her collaboration with Georg Jensen commenced in 1999. Her premiere sculptural silver jewellery range, Offspring, celebrates the creation of life and is a symbolic representation of mother and child. The sensuous form of the Offspring collection expresses a freshness and modernity that radiates light and life. The Offspring collection has also been reinterpreted in pave set diamonds as part of the iconic Master Diamond Collection.

Recognized for her unique and poetic approach to the art of jewellery design; her fluid conceptual forms combined with lyrical symbolic features reveal a dimension that reflects her fascination with the order of the natural world and the contours of the human form. The Cave collection encourages one to seek tranquility and to retreat to ones inner space for stillness and contemplation. The Cave collection celebrates the refined and organic design language that Jacqueline Rabun and Georg Jensen has become renowned.

For Georg Jensen’s centenary celebration, Jacqueline Rabun paid tribute with the feminine yet provocative 100 collection. The digits of the number 100 are adapted into a striking silver jewellery collection. This collection has

also been reinterpreted in the iconic Master Diamond Collection, morphing the emotion and beauty of the range with pavé set diamonds..."

Photos courtesy of Georg Gensen.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Persian Fashion

Pershion website servers as a hub for Iranian Fashion and Art designers, that design from fashion accessories to best of western style high street fashion. Its not only "Islamic themed" fashion that comes out of Iran.

Their website says "...Pershion is an online gallery, introduces young Iranian fashion designers/artists. It also presents news and information about Iranian fashion designers all around the world.

This online gallery is created for designers and artists who work in fashion field or their art works are somehow related to fashion art. Pershion team was founded by Hassanali Zad and Atoosa Mozaffari on January 2002..."

Image courtesy of Persian Fashion

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Mary Jean Maycon

We do not know a lot about this model from the Philippines called Mary Jean Maycon but will like to know more about her. She seems to be in the same league as Charo Ronquillo.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Selita Ebanks

Wikipedia writes "..Selita Ebanks was born on February 15, 1983 in George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. She is of Caymanian, Jamaican, Irish and Indian descent..."

"...At 17 years old, while walking through the turnstiles at Six Flags Great Adventures, Ebanks was scouted by an agent from Elite Model Management. Ebanks had worked with some of the world's most noted photographers, including Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, Carter Smith and Mikael Jansson, and for some of the most quintessential American fashion campaigns, including Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi's and Tommy Hilfiger.

Ebanks is currently working as a model for Victoria's Secret. She had previously done work for their Ipex Bra line, before being signed.

She and fellow up-and-coming model Izabel Goulart made their major début in the 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. She is now officially one of the Victoria's Secret Angels.

Ebanks views Tyra Banks as a mentor. In 2005, Tyra Banks said she was proud of Ebanks to be representing for black women at Victoria's Secret...."

Photos courtesy of Actress Archives

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Izabel Goulart

Her website says "...Izabel Goulart was born on October 23, 1984 in São Carlos, Brazil. She is one of seven children that include four brothers, one sister, and one half-sister. Like many other models, she has a strange way in which she was discovered. While she was out shopping for groceries with her mother one day, a hairdresser approached her and told her she should become a model. So following the advice of that hairdresser, she moved to São Paulo and began modeling.

While walking in her first runway, her bikini top fell off of her, exposing herself to the crowd. However, she remained composed and received excellent praise from numerous people in the industry. After that, her career took off quickly. She was walking in numerous runway shows around the world and soon there after she made the decision to move to the United States to continue her modeling career.
Upon her move to New York City, Izabel was named as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. She landed a multi-year contract with the Lingerie company and made her debut in 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which was held in November of 2005. In addition to Victoria's Secret, she has also been in advertising campaigns for La Senza, Poko Pano, Valfrance, Express, Cori, Forum, Pollini, Pura Mania, among many others. She's appeared on the covers of several magazines worldwide including Numero, Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire. She is still living in the New York City area when she isn't traveling the world for appearances, runway shows, and fashion shoots.

In her spare time she enjoys bowling, and playing tennis and basketball. In the winter of 2007, Izabel will make her acting debut, playing herself on an episode of the highly acclaimed HBO series, Entourage. In October of 2006 Izabel was named to Esquire Magazine's annual list of 100 things, people, ideas, and trends you need to know.Her star just keeps getting brighter..."

Photos courtesy of by Greg Kessler and Don Ashby.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Nina Malone

Nina is a multi talented model, actress and dancer from Cambridge with a degree in professional dancing and musical theatre.

She has worked with L'Oreal, M&S and Dyson. She loves being on the catwalk and theatrical stage.

Photos courtesy of Grid Models

Friday, April 13, 2007

Runway Africa ....Celebrating African Fashion

Their website says "...Runway Africa is a stylish and elegant fashion extravaganza scheduled for September 2007. Runway Africa takes an intimate look at Africa’s creative fashion industry and is a celebration of “Africhic” style...."

Photos Courtesy of Runway Africa.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

bhf Magazine

As the Nigerian Fashion industry grows, the need for more African fashion magazines that will express the views of African models,designers,entrepreneurs becomes necessary. A new Nigerian fashion called BHF Magazine will be launched in Summer to tap into this growing Nigerian reader base both at home and diaspora.

According to their website "..bhf Magazine is an exciting and dynamic new African Lifestyle Magazine launching Summer 2007. With a boldness and edge, the likes of which has never been seen before, this quarterly publication is the brainchild of visionary entrepreneurial power couple Geoffrey and Jennifer Olisa.

Our mission is simple. To shatter the narrow view of NIGERIANS that exists today by looking through the lens of the lives of modern Nigerians. We will introduce to the world our fashion, art and vibrant culture..."

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Joelle Kayember

The South African TV Authority says "...Joelle Kayembe is a Congolese-born South African model best known for her role as a suitcase model in the game show Deal Or No Deal.

Kayember has appeared in Ludacris’s Pimpin All Over The World music video, she was a finalist in the International Supermodel 2005 competition in China and is included as a Global Honey on SKY TV in the UK.

In 1994, Kayembe and her family left the Democratic Republic of Congo for a holiday to South Africa. Political turmoil in their home country ensured that they never returned. Joelle and her siblings had to learn English as their ‘holiday’ was extended indefinitely..."

Photo courtesy of Next Models

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Isabelle Béké

Isabelle Béké is multi talented model and actress from Cote de voir and based in Paris. She made her debut in acting in the movie Le Pari De L'Amour (Betting On Love).

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bineta Salsao

Bineta Salsao is one of the top Senegalese fashion designers that has influenced the style of traditional Senegalese 'Bubu' fashion.By incorporating customised fabrics, designs and intricate embroidery she has succeed in creating a fabulous collection. The foundationolive website says"...A Graduate of the Institute of Cut, seams and of Mode (I.C.C.M.) in 1974, Bineta Salsao did not engage in unknown ground while launching out in the fashion industry. Mother of a dressmaker, Bineta started designing as at the age of thirteen..."

Photos courtesy of foundationolive

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Amias Project

The Amias Project website says "...In the ancient African language of the nomadic Barabaig tribe, Amias means beautiful. The Amias Project specializes in hand-made, fair-trade accessories inspired by traditional Barabaig fashions. Whether you buy for yourself or a gift for others, you are spreading the story of Africa, hope and something beautiful..."

Founded by Nichole Smaglick, Amias is a project that"...has mobilized over 200 Barabaig men and women in central Tanzania to design and craft jewelry and handbags inspired by traditional fashions. The project aims to uplift and empower traditional culture. It also helps generate significant income and educational opportunities for disadvantaged communities..."

"...Amias and its fair trade mission have allowed families to find stability in a region wracked by hardship and frequent drought. More parents now send their children to school, and they have enough food in times of need. They are increasing their livestock and making plans for the future.

Amias, in the ancient language of the Barabaig, means "beautiful." So when wearing Amias jewelry or handbags, always remember that you are wearing hope, the story of the Barabaig, and something beautiful..."

Photos courtesy of Amias Project.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Kamla Millwood

Her official website describes her as a "...6 foot tall high fashion model... born in beautiful St. Vincent and the Grenadines -a tropical island nation in the Caribbean, north of Trinidad and Tobago.

She has set the fashion industry ablaze, modeling with a confident and sophisticated style that has made her a media star and international celebrity. Her tall and toned frame, angular beauty, electrifying smile and intimidating presence, propelled her out of the Caribbean and into New York at breakneck speed..."

Photo Courtesy of Kamla Millwood's website.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Annansi Chronicles

Annansi Chronicles is a blog that focuses on the trend of African Style in the International scene.

Highlighting trends from African designed and manufactured trendy footwear to numerous other fashion accessories.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Trio Magazine

Trio Magazine according to their website " a fashion and entertainment magazine that will be published quarterly, and initially circulated online. TIRO seeks to establish and maintain a unique position amongst culturally themed publications within the United States, and the continent of Africa. Its goal is to be the magazine of choice for females interested in fashion emphasizing African & Western Cultures. The majority of fashion and entertainment magazines on the market today are primarily concerned with fashion trends in the western world, ignoring the uniqueness of the African fabric and its impact on the western world.

The idea for TIRO came from Helen Eferakorho, a female of Nigerian descent, raised in the United States. Having lived in Nigeria (one of the focal venues for African Fashion) in her youth, Helen developed a strong appreciation for the uniqueness of the African fabric. On the other-hand her tenure in the US exposed her to a variety of culturally stimulating fashion styles via fashion oriented periodicals, trade shows, and day-to-day observations. Her passion for this venture was as a result of the opportunity to observe the best of both worlds. Helens goal is to use TIRO to expose the enormous possibilities within this sector of the industry, and provide a vessel for individuals within its target audience to enhance their lives.

To accomplish this, our vision is to create the type of fashion magazine that has never been seen before. Its premise: the intentional merging of African and western styles, the concept that created TIRO. TIRO is an Urhobo (Tribal Language) word used in Nigeria to describe a woman that is full of grace. Grace is a charming and attractive trait, one that will be evident in every issue of TIRO and will be the watch word for staff, articles, exposés, reviews and advertising..."

Photos courtesy of Trio Magazine

Saturday, February 24, 2007


Some say she is the "New Sade" but we think she is one of the new gem's in the Nigerian music industry. One of her singles "African Girl" is one of the best R&B singles we have heard recently.

Her Myspace bio says "..NAYO (N-áá-y-Ò) jumps out from within the Yoruba name of Temitope Odunayo Abidoye, born in Lagos, Nigeria and singing from day one. Her Nigerian culture traveled with her around the world as a girl, while she incorporated its rhythms into the new beats and sounds she found in England, the United States, and the rest of West Africa. At that young age of 10, Nayo began writing songs and found her influences in artists such as Madonna, Seal, Annie Lennox and Carole King..."

"...Nayo returned to Los Angeles with renewed purpose and independently released a limited single 'Party Fever' which found its way on the Billboard Club Play charts and various charts in Europe by late 2005. Then she began collaborating with producers and songwriters from New York, Los Angeles and the UK, where her true love for music first began. With her debut album to be released next year 2007, Nayo is her name and her voice speaks for generations of people and millions whose voices have not been heard for years..."

This is Nayo's alternative music website.

Photo courtesy of Nayo's Myspace page