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Giorgio Armani brings plenty of sparkle to Milan Fashion with main line

Giorgio Armani brings plenty of sparkle to Milan Fashion with main line

ITALIAN designer Giorgio Armani presented a light spring/summer collection with plenty of sparkle for his eponymous main line at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday. The 88-year-old fashion veteran opened the show, called "Fil d'Or" (golden thread), with lightly-coloured looks in sand and pale grey. Models wore elongated jackets and tapered loose trousers matched with golden bags and trainers. He then turned to various shades of blue to present fringed tops and long dresses over trousers, a variety of both cropped jackets and beaded gilets paired with fluid skirts. Many of the designs bore sparkling embellishments. For the finale, models wore…
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The Woman King is more than an action movie – it shines a light on the women warriors of Benin

The Woman King is more than an action movie – it shines a light on the women warriors of Benin

THE Woman King is a big-budget Hollywood movie that has been anticipated since 2018 when US star Viola Davis was announced as the lead in the story of the “amazons” of Dahomey. Rising South African star Thuso Mbedu also takes a key role in the film, which has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is heading to cinemas worldwide. The action blockbuster is adding to renewed global interest in the historical women warriors of Dahomey, a kingdom that flourished in the 1700s and 1800s in what is today Benin in West Africa. The “amazons” were exceptionally skilful women…
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Nyege Nyege music festival in Uganda is back on – but morality police are watching

Nyege Nyege music festival in Uganda is back on – but morality police are watching

FIRST staged in 2015, the globally touted Nyege Nyege Festival in Uganda is a four-day dance party and a major tourism drawcard that caters to lovers of electronic dance music. After a three-year break due to COVID-19, the 2022 festival is taking place from 15-18 September in Uganda. Over 300 deejays and performers will participate across seven stages, with 10,000 revellers expected to attend. But Nyege Nyege nearly didn’t happen. Uganda’s parliament banned it – and not for the first time – on the grounds that it promotes “sexual immorality”. Eventually, the prime minister gave it the go-ahead. Tourism lecturer…
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African media consumption shifts to local content

African media consumption shifts to local content

AFRICAN creatives are finding a new audience among the youth, who according to the latest Africa No Filter report have grown their proclivity for local content. The narrative change organisation's report indicates Africans are consuming African films equally as much as the US or international content. "Most respondents watched films every week, whether local/African films (67 per cent) or US/international films (66 per cent). Among respondents who had watched between one and seven films, slightly more respondents had watched local or African films (57 per cent) than international or US films (53 per cent)," the report reads in part. Regionally,…
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Davido, P-Square, Stonebwoy, Rema, Dadju, Adekunle Gold, CKay to play at Afro Nation Ghana 2022

Davido, P-Square, Stonebwoy, Rema, Dadju, Adekunle Gold, CKay to play at Afro Nation Ghana 2022

THE world’s biggest Afrobeats festival has announced a huge lineup for the grand return to its West African spiritual home. Ready to turn the end of the year into an unforgettable party, Afro Nation Ghana 2022 is set to follow up the 2019 landmark African debut in style. Taking place at Accra’s Marine Drive, Black Star Square on December 29th & 30th 2022, and founded to unite the diaspora in celebration of Black Joy, Afro Nation Ghana is back for a celebratory trip of Black culture, vibing music, dance, good food, and so much more. In fitting fashion, today’s biggest…
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Mozambican designer wants his brand up there with the world’s best

Mozambican designer wants his brand up there with the world’s best

MOZAMBICAN designer Mauricio Matapisse looks on as a machine sews the logo of his Nothing to Lose (NTL) clothing brand onto fabric. He wants his brand, which has caught the eyes of young Mozambicans with its trendy designs, to be on par with the world's best. "We need to create that dynamic of when a person goes to a store to buy Gucci, Nike and... sees NTL... (and) feels a little balance there. Like, should I buy this or that," said Matapisse, 39, from Mozambique's capital Maputo. NTL customers say its affordability, fabric quality and range of styles from hats…
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My Somalia: woman blogger showcases her motherland’s hidden beauty

My Somalia: woman blogger showcases her motherland’s hidden beauty

SETH ONYANGO, BIRD STORY AGENCY "XIINTOOY is more attractive when the pinkish sun is setting and fading away with its reflection on the water and the dark of the night is spreading behind the enormous mango trees," quips Farhia Mohamud Hassan in her "A Scene of Two Cities: Nostalgia and Beauty." Armed with words, a smartphone and a love for her motherland, Hassan's blogging is providing the world with a different lens through which to view Somalia. For the 26-year-old economist, narratives are important and she hopes that through her writing, the world will share the beauty that so pervades…
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Job creation in South Africa: the president’s advisors discuss what it will take

Job creation in South Africa: the president’s advisors discuss what it will take

AT the end of 2021, South Africa recorded its highest unemployment rate since the dawn of democracy, at 35.3%. The figure has marginally dropped but there is still concern about how the country will tackle this issue. Dori Posel spoke to Trudi Makhaya, economic advisor to South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as Kenneth Creamer and Liberty Mncube, who are on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, about unemployment, job creation, the informal sector and the country’s challenges with excessive market power. Author DORRIT POSEL, Professor in the School of Economics and Finance, University of the Witwatersrand Dori Posel: South…
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The King’s Horseman, Nigeria’s most famous play, is now a Netflix movie: what makes it a classic

The King’s Horseman, Nigeria’s most famous play, is now a Netflix movie: what makes it a classic

ELESIN Oba, the King’s Horseman is a new movie coming to Netflix. It is based on Nigeria’s most famous play, Death and the King’s Horseman, written in 1975 by Nobel Prize-winning author, activist and academic Wole Soyinka. Directed by the late Biyi Bandele, the film – in the Yoruba language – is generating global attention with a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Tunde Onikoyi, a lecturer in African literature and film, acted in the original play. We asked him what it’s about and why it still matters. Author BABATUNDE ONIKOYI, Researcher and Assistant Lecturer, University of Regina…
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Kenya tourism earnings double as arrivals soar

Kenya tourism earnings double as arrivals soar

KENYA'S tourism earnings more than doubled to 167.1 billion shillings ($1 billion) in January to August from 83 billion shillings in the same period a year ago, Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala said. Balala said in a statement the earnings were as a result of a 91% rise in the number of international visitors to 924,812 partly due to a recovery from the pandemic and forecasts strong growth to the end of the year. Tourism alongside horticulture, tea and remittances are Kenya's top foreign exchange-earners. Thomson Reuters Foundation
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