Once we spotted this beautiful gallery of Yoruba Orishas we knew we had to share them and add a little background information on this religious system. (See if you can spot model Azy Banks, Senegalese model and Africlectic friend!) An Orisha (also spelled Orisa or Orixa) is a spirit or deity that reflects one of the manifestations of Olodumare (God) in the Yoruba religious system of Nigeria. [...]
O'eclat (O'ey-clah) gives the world color, structure, and a keen eye for detail in her new line "Soigne" meaning Sophisticated Elegance. Nigerian designer Gbemmy Johnson's label came out of passion and an ongoing love affair with African rich prints and leather – its smell, malleability, durability, color and texture. O’Eclat designs and creates beautiful and affordable handcrafted handbags/pu[...]
Ghana's superstar Sarkodie comes out with another smash single with Davido "Gun Shot" which was directed by acclaimed Nigerian director Sesan. Spend a night out in Soweto and see what happens with them.
Nigerian singer May D unleashes his auto-tune charms on a beautiful female in his new video release of the single "Gat Me High". Enjoy!
Tolu Itegboje and Bolaji Kekere-Ekun of Nigerian media production company 37th State bring to life and depth one of the most famous West African myths of "Mami Wata". Mami Wata translates to "Mother Water" from Pidgin English and is celebrated throughout much of Africa and the African Atlantic - often depicted as a mermaid or a snake charmer or a combination of both. Seen as seductive and cha[...]
Tunde Olaniran has just released a visual escapade "The Second Transgression" as the video soundtrack/sample for his upcoming EP of the same name. “We wanted to find a way to show the inherent conflict and potential for fear and violence that exists during any deep changes, whether personal or societal,” the Nigerian- American artist explained. “I’ve always been interested in traditions of[...]
'Ties That Bind' tells the story of Adobea, Buki and Theresa (Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Ama K and Kimberly Elise), three women from three different backgrounds bound together by a similar pain – the loss of a child.
Asa's new music video is stylistically a turn from her previous videos but has a beautiful vintage aesthetic - static and isolated set in a stark hospital. We're all about pushing your artistic boundaries and vision and Africlectic definitely enjoyed this song.
We have long been awaiting the new movie "Dr. Bello", starring Hollywood stars Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox and Jimmy Jean-Louis with Nollywood legends Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Oreke. The film illustrates a doctor's battle (Washington) to deal with the loss of his young daughter from cancer and the ensuing problems with his wife (Fox). He meets Dr. Bello (Jean-Louis) who is an uncerti[...]
New song by Nigerian Afro-soul artist Nneka is beautiful and haunting in black and white...love it or hate it?
Even though African fashion has moved out from the seamstress room and into the commercial style industry, there is still a large problem that faces the average woman who wants to look amazing in the latest cuts and styles of her homeland: the average clothing size available for us is between a size 2 - 10. This is puzzling considering how we black women are known for our beautiful bold curves. Ho[...]
The Nigerian film industry is the third largest film industry in the world, releasing between 500 and 1000 movies every year. Nollywood productions take just 10 days to make, yet they are wildly popular in the lucrative African VCD market - an average film sells 50,000 copies. Nollywood movies now outsell Hollywood films in Nigeria and many other African countries. While Nollywood is far popula[...]
Nigerian stylist Ugo Mozie, who Africlectic interviewed here is once again propelling style further with his latest gig - styling one of the biggest hip hop icons in the world for the November issue of Prestige Magazine.
Carrying out the year on a fantastic note, Nigerian artist Wizkid graced the stage and rocked out the house of the BBC Radio1extra Live concert with Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, Angel and Tulisa. This young rapper has been travelling the world and setting it on fire with his catchy dance songs . Wizkid travelled to the UK for the first ever appearance and performance of an Afropop art[...]
As a follow up to her critically acclaimed menswear collection FELA, the WIVES collection offers luxury womenís bags inspired by the extravagant Fela Kuti and his twenty-seven wives. Using an explosive palette and contrasting textures, the bags offer a celebration of sensuality and individuality in honour of the lustrous world inside Felaís Shrine. Each bag captures the essence of each of his wive[...]
An excerpt of the award-winning documentary by Zina Saro-Wiwa, This Is My Africa. What does YOUR Africa look like in the year 2060? Leave a comment and let us know! This Is My Africa is a fresh and innovative new project designed to improve the way the world sees Africa by sharing personal experiences about the continent on film and on a website. In a world where brand Africa is dominated[...]
Nigerians reminisce on growing up Nigerian. Boarding School was the default right of passage for many Africans across the continent and we are sure you know someone who can relate to the experiences of those interviewed. Africlectists, what are your boarding school stories?
Nigerian photographer and conceptual artist Ade Adekola has created an intriguing visual symbolization of the bustling city of Lagos through 20 icons of the city characters. As he says: “Icons of a Metropolis” offers a non-judgmental look at 20 character archetypes – they are the ICONS. They are a creative force, a self-organizing and self-referential manifestation of the zenith of urban surviv[...]
Nigerian mixed media artist Njideka Aukunyili creates beautiful portraits of her daily life, incorporating her heritage and culture into a perspective that examines her life with her American husband. “My art addresses my internal tension between my deep love for Nigeria, my country of birth, and my strong appreciation for Western culture…The work deals with various themes but the overarching thr[...]
Until early July of this year, Alexx Ekubo was relatively unknown to the Africlectic team. It was quite interesting how we stumbled upon this gorgeous and quite intelligent Nigerian model, actor and public speaker. After posting what became one of the most popular pictures on our Facebook page of 6 handsome young men in sophisticated embroidered attires, we were incessantly harassed about thei[...]
The biggest African hip hop star is back at it again, D'Banj releases his new music video "Bachelor" full of all the luxury and clubs we come to expect from him. The new edition to Kanye West's label proudly shows off the G.O.O.D. Music emblem - a symbol of his rising mission to take over Western airwaves as well.
French designer Jean Paul Gaultier paid homage to Sade and other '80s icons at his spring 2013 fashion show, sending top black models like Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn down the runway wearing flapper-inspired LBDs with slicked-back ponytails, bold red lips and gold hoop earrings. Their resemblance to Sade was uncanny, and the hair and makeup added the perfect touch to Gaultier's sophisticated coll[...]
Chopcassava is a web series that documented the January 2012 fuel subsidy protests in Lagos, Nigeria. An insiders' view - the videos were uploaded as events unfolded and a number of them went viral. Produced by Funmi Iyanda and Chris Dada, the series was created by a team of Nigerian film, media and IT professionals who volunteered their time. The videos are presented blog-style, as they were o[...]
Music Is the Weapon may be short, but it's essential viewing for Fela Kuti fans. Filmed in 1982, the 53-minute documentary captures the late Nigerian musician/activist at his peak. (There are slight differences between the English and French versions, so it's best to watch both.) For the uninitiated, it's hard to explain--in mere words--how one man could so successfully mate the sexuality of James[...]
Directed by Stephen Frears, this 2002 British film tells the story of Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a kind-hearted Nigerian doctor, and Senay (Audrey Tatou), a Turkish chambermaid, work at the same West London hotel. The hotel is run by Senor Sneaky and is the sort of place where dirty business like drug dealing and prostitution takes place. However, when Okwe finds a human heart in one of the to[...]
Official Video of the smash hit single Ara (Wonders) from Chocolate City by Brymo (Ibrahim ashimi Olawale) the video was shot on location in Lagos Nigeria and directed by Aje Filmworks.
DELTA BOYS, award-winning American filmmaker Andrew Berends’ harrowing account of exploitation and militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, where he was arrested while filming, falsely accused of espionage and expelled from the country. In DELTA BOYS, Berends crosses the lines of Nigeria’s oil conflict to bear witness to the lives of the militants engaged in the struggle, and th[...]
“We All Need Something” is a song written by Nigerian artist BrymO in the wake of the loss, the violence and the financial instability wracking the country. The video was directed by Jassy Generation in Lagos, Nigeria. BrymO highlights that as Nigerians we all need something, we can either focus on the past and our individual problems or we can redirect our attention to the present and work to pro[...]
Standing as a symbol for a new generation of African intellect, Nigerian designer and stylist Ugo Mozie represents a movement of the Diaspora sweeping the world: Stylish, driven, transcontinental & multitalented. Ugo Mozie's (Moe-zee-ay) career has spanned the globe, from the runway to the red carpet to magazines and television and at only 20 years old, Ugo is the embodiment the young [...]
Welcome to the new evolution of African fashion – as we moved from the seamstress’ place of business to creating mass-produced lines of clothing that are less time consuming to create and convenient for those far from home to buy, we often have forgotten to consider how this impacts the artisans back home. Meet Aphropolitan, a clothing and accessories label that takes pride in their Nigerian herit[...]
The saying goes "behind every great man, is a great woman" - but now we are seeing African women step out of the shadows and show the world that their strength, intelligence, and power belongs just as much in the business world as it does within the home. There is no denying the long tradition of firm gender roles many African cultures and countries have had which often delegated the woman to stay[...]
From producer/director Yanick Letourneau comes the feature documentary, United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop. Released in Canada, the USA, and South Africa, the film follows rapper Didier Awadi as he tours 40 countries, outlining the tragic defeats of various African leaders who were thwarted in their progressive aims, often by Western powers. This documentary gives us a picture of the past a[...]
The fabulous West African jewelry designer extraordinaire, Anita Quansah is in a lane of her own when it comes to making some of the most exquisite and sophisticated fine jewelry out right now. After graduating from Chelsea College of Art and Design, Anita worked with some big names like - Christian Lacroix, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ischiko and Victoria's Secret . In 2006 she opened her ow[...]
The Fall/Winter 2012 Ad Campaign by Galliano was just recently released and sultry Nigerian model Ty Ogunkoya was at the center of the collection's promotional spread. Galliano's collection harkens back to 1970s retro style and Ty is an absolute eye turner in these photos.
Reviewed by Carolyne Muthoni Njihia for Africlectic Magazine After coming across this book a few times on the shelves, I finally decided to pick up ‘On Black Sisters’ Street’ by Chika Unigwe, a Belgian based writer of Nigerian origin. Having read some good reviews, I’m glad I did. In brief, it is the story of four different women - Sisi, Ama, Efe, and Joyce - who leave their African homes [...]
Yinka Shonibare MBE is one of the most influential African artists of our time, whose work plays with the ambiguities and contradictions of the legacy of Western colonization in Africa. His multimedia projects reveal a passion of art history, literature and a desire to create a public discussion of modern civilization with its achievements and failures. Yet it is not only his artistic critique[...]