The African Influence


Hey you guys! I apologize for my absence last Friday. The Naija Independence celebrations had not even started and I was already knee deep into the planning of my weekend events. That weekend has passed and I have recovered. What of you? If so, let me just say this, THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY!

Do you mind if I take a stroll down memory lane…? No? Okay, here goes!

I remember back in 199-something, I was decked out in aso-oke at my grandfather’s memorial service (God rest his soul). I was matching with my brothers and sisters in this yellow and baby blue aso-oke with the gele top it off. While my brothers are scratching themselves to death because of the itchy aso-oke. I remember feeling so good in it. Why? I guess I loved it. When we got to the reception and my mum asked me if I’d wanted to change into my English dress, I answered no. So ever since I could remember, I’ve always had a love for African prints and fabrics. It was fascinating to me. The different shapes that were either embroidered or printed onto the material. The many colors that were put together to form an intricate design. Even the texture of the materials intrigued me.  Today with this new found appreciation for the African print buzzing around among Africans and non-Africans alike, it makes me swell with pride. ‘Cause when I was younger, I can not think of a handful of us that wanted to be caught dead in our native attire. You can correct me if I’m wrong.

Now we have designers who are not African, such as Marc Jacobs, SUNO by Max Osterweis and Paul Smith, boasting of their African inspired collections featuring African prints in their clothes. It makes me proud to know that the whole of Africa is being recognized for something else than poverty and turmoil.


SUNO by Max Osterweis

JAG2Marc by Marc Jacobs

JAG3Paul Smith

I take pride in all that Africa has to offer, especially in its textiles and fashion industries. Just seeing all the Naija people celebrate last weekend, sporting their green and white, lace/ankara dress, kaftans and so on made me feel good. All I’m trying to say is keep the African influence going. People will catch on.


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  1. True Talk Oyato… I remember thinking to myself "WFT?" when I saw non-africans rocking the ghana-must-go bags… It was with pride though.

    Love the pics too.


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