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Starting this week, NIVEA invisible for Black and White is what stands between you & a chance to be the next cover model, plus a trip SOUTH AFRICA FASHION WEEK FOR YOU & A FRIEND

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With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed when he could not find a black doll for his niece.

The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and, with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist – traditional Nigerian costumes.

The dolls represent Nigeria’s three largest Ethnic Groups; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba so far.

Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses a month, and reckons he has 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market.

"I like it," says Ifunanya Odiah, five, struggling to contain her excitement as she inspects one of Okoya’s dolls in a Lagos shopping mall. "It’s black, like me.”

Like Barbies, Okoya’s dolls are slim, despite the fact that much of Africa abhors the western ideal of stick-thin models. Okoya says his early templates were larger bodied, and the kids did not like them.

But he hopes to change that. “For now, we have to hide behind the ‘normal’ doll. Once we’ve built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies.”

Ghanain Fashion line DELLA collaborates with VANS

DELLA is a fashion line featuring products handmade in Ghana, West Africa. Their collection features Batik design on Macbook cases, bags and accessories handmade by skilled women who receive training and education to avoid living in poverty.
Della is excited to announce it’s recent collaboration with Vans shoes! The collection includes six different designs featuring fabric handmade by the team in Ghana.

More styles and accessories can be viewed on www.vans.com/della

Loved this shoot with International Model Ajuma

vacancy at Adele Dejak

ADELE DEJAK is looking for 2 tailors and a jewellery artisan for their Kiambu International/ Nairobi workshop. Orders are coming in fast! If anyone knows anyone! that is honest, has excellent skills and hard working please contact: info@adeledejak.com



This year’s annual charity fashion show will be held on Saturday 14th December from 6pm onwards and will feature the following designers:
Adele Dejak
Mille Collines
Nike Kondakis
Niku Singh
Penny Winter
Sheila Amolo
All proceeds raised at the event are in aid of SASA designs by the deaf which is  a non-profit jewelry line handcrafted by Deaf artisans in Rongai. Using a mix of local materials and limited imported components, the team of artisans are trained to create fashion-forward designs with a hint of the unique African aesthetic.  Most of the Deaf women have never had a formal job beyond cleaning people’s houses. They have spent their lives being told they are worthless and forced to depend on the charity of family and the community at large. Working with Sasa Designs offers them sustainable, fair wages alongside skills training and exposure to business principles and design. Upon joining the team they learn they are gifted, skilled and have the potential to support themselves and their children. They take great pride in each piece of jewelry they create, and are very grateful for every person who wears their creations!
Sheila Amolo, one of the designers being featured is an up and coming young Kenyan designer who is being sponsored by Tribe to participate in the show giving her a platform to launch her talents.

Limited seats! Get your tickets soon!

Email: marketing@tribehotel-kenya.com
Phone: 020 720 0000 / 0722 316 171


I have been nominated for the Swahili Fashion Week award as BEST EAST AFRICAN JOURNALIST 2013

You can vote for me by following this link —> http://bit.ly/18EBJVR

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Adele Dejak at the Samsung #AmazeAfrica

Adele Dejak is happy to announce her participation at the Samsung #AmazeAfrica, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa on Wednesday 30 October at the Pretoria City Hall.

Samsung is bringing together 14 fashion and accessory designers from across the continent in a unique design collaboration, #AmazeAfrica. 

The first of its kind, the #AmazeAfrica show will take place on the opening night of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa onWednesday 30 October at the Pretoria City Hall. The #AmazeAfrica platform is an initiative inspired by Samsung’s global Accelerating Discoveries and Possibilities philosophy.

The #AmazeAfrica designers have been asked to consider the future of Africa’s unique journey. Each designer has been given a brief with roots in nature - inspiration is drawn from the different genus found in the Ditsong Museum (originally South Africa’s first mint), located across the road from Pretoria City Hall in Tswane, where the show will be hosted. 


This weekend’s episode of Coke Studio Africa is set to be very exciting as it will feature Kenya’s Octopizzo doing a track called “Amio”. Diamond from Tanzania will also double up with HHP yet again to perform the track “Temptation”. Lady Jaydee is also set to appear in this episode performing “Joto hasira” and finally Uganda’s rock band Qwela are set to do the track “Rail On” originally by the Legendary Papa Wemba, with Nigeria’s Waje.

In addition to the TV show, fans will be able to access content from the show on the new Coke Studio Africa website www.cokestudioafrica.com. Entire episodes of the show will also be available to view on the official YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/cokestudioAfrica. 
Viewers across the continent will have the opportunity to win various prizes including autographed posters, coke studio kits and branded merchandise through the show.


Coca-Cola held an exclusive red carpet event at the Coca-Cola plaza in Upper Hill today to premiere a new and exciting music television series
dubbed “Coke Studio Africa”. The one of a kind music show brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through musical fusion.
The event was attended by various media and entertainment personalities who got the opportunity to watch the first episode of the show before its launch on air Saturday, October 5th.

Season one features a line-up of legendary African artists including Salif Keita from Mali; King Sunny Ade, MI, Waje, Jimmy Jatt and Bez from Nigeria; Octopizzo, Miss Karun and Just a Band from Kenya; Hip Hop Pantsula, and Tumi from South Africa; Boddhi Satva from the Central
African Republic; Diamond Platinumz and Lady Jaydee from Tanzania; Joel Sebunjo, Qwela and Lillian Mbabazi from Uganda; and the Culture Music Club from Zanzibar. The show will also feature some collaborating artists including Kenya’s Bamboo, Harry Kimani, Sage and Dela as well as Kassongo from DRC, and Nigeria’s Temi Dollface.

Coke Studio, which airs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania & Nigeria, will include eight 45min shows plus a 2 hour New Year’s Eve special. Each episode will showcase unexpected fusions by various artists to create a unique sound. The show will also provide viewers with a behind the scenes look into the artist’s interactions and experiences on set. 

In addition to the TV show, fans will be able to access content from the show on the new Coke Studio Africa website www.cokestudioafrica.com. Entire episodes of the show will also be available to view on the official YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/cokestudioAfrica.
Viewers across the continent will have the opportunity to win various prizes including autographed posters, coke studio kits and branded merchandise through the show.

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Franklin Saiyalel is Kenya's leading Male Fashion blogger. He shares with you his thoughts and ideas on all the things he is passionate about such as the brand experience, fashion, footwear, travel, gadgets, music and people. The people he focuses on are those whom he considers to be trendsetters, visionaries and forward thinkers who are shaping the world around them.

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