What is Cultural Appropriation? According to the Cambridge dictionary, it is ‘the act of taking or using things
Kente textile is from Ghana, a country located in West Africa. Kente is a cloth worn by royalty. It is hand woven just like the Aso-oke (Nigerian textile) in wooden looms and is of very high worth. It comes in a variety of patterns, colours and designs, each of which have different meanings. (more…)
Aso-Oke is a short form of Aso Ilu Oke also known as Aso-Ofi meaning clothes from the up-country. It is the traditional wear of the Yoruba’s (the tribe of the southwest people in Nigeria, Africa). (more…)
Clothes! does anyone ever have enough clothes? In-fact if you are anything like me, you probably have three large boxes, and you always never have anything to wear to work, or school, or church or even to go out and get ice cream. (more…)
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a national leather and leather products policy to harness the country’s leather resources.
The approval was granted during FEC’s October 31st meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House Villa, Abuja.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu who briefed State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, said the policy would revolutionize the country’s leather industry and create employment. (more…)
Rwanda is a country in Central and East Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. It is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated. (more…)
Throughout my journey with Bellafricana, I have been able to meet with and learn about amazing creatives, who have a thing for transforming the most normal and insignificant things and making them look absolutely beautiful. One of such creatives is Aderonke Jaiyeola. Founder of Mimiremi Textiles. (more…)
I love looking good, don’t you? So I always come up with ways to add something simple to spice my outfit. I got so engrossed looking for reverso pieces (pieces that never go out of style and yet still standout) at one point that I almost had a nervous breakdown (just kidding). You know how you have that one shoe, blazer or pants that go with almost every clothing in your wardrobe right? *winks*. Now you get me.
Mr Bayo Ademiluyi is a lawyer by profession and Head of Design at Ty-Tys. A company that produces hand-made distinctive neckwear (i.e. ties, bowties), pocket squares, laptop bags, ladies’ tote bags, wall hangings and scarves using traditional African fabrics, predominantly aso-oke. (more…)