Decolonize my Closet: ‘The Lotte’ Opens in Accra Ghana

As I waltzed through the glass doors into the boutique, I felt like I had stepped into a Pan-African fashionista’s dream closet. The rich cultural cadences of afrobeats danced on my eardrums, and the colorful, eclectic and classy fashion pieces surrounded me like a breath of fresh air. On December 23rd, 2019 at 6pm in …

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The Original Slay Queens: A Look Inside Traditional Hairstyles in West Africa

In ancient African societies, hairstyles were channels of communication that told about one's tribe, social status, marital status, spirituality and family background. It is believed in many African cultures that if your hair gets into the wrong person's hands that person will be able to put the juju on you, so hair braiding and dressing …

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The Mystery, The Legend, The Erotic: A History of Waist Beads in W Africa

"The erotic offers a well of replenishing and provocative force to the woman who does not fear its revelation, nor succumb to the belief that sensation is enough", Audre Lorde 'Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power “It is the beads that makes the buttocks to shake”, Yoruba adage Waist beads are an ancient …

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Musings of a Golden Goddess

"The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane", Audre Lorde, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power "Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty. My lord, she's a black woman", Yosef Ben-Jochannan Her grace is formidable Swag outta this …

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Ghana Is My Muse: Behind the Ahofe Fashion Line

“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within, strength, courage, dignity”- Ruby Dee, African American Actress Last December, I decided that starting 2018 I was breaking up with fear, leaving my crippling inhibitions, anxiety and baggage in 2017. It was too heavy a load to carry and it …

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Advice from Women Designers of the Diaspora

Creative energy is a force that has the power manifest in unlimited forms. As an artist and storyteller, I am constantly discovering new ways to connect communities and finding beauty in unexpected places. My love for fashion runs deep because it allows me to send messages through clothing and design. My fascination started at an …

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Overcoming my Shame of Being African

"If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. ” – Audre Lorde   “Give light and people will find the way.” – Ella Baker West Philadelphia born and raised; weaved like twill between African American, Fulani and Ghanaian communities most of my days. An African …

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