A Week In Color 17

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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter

 


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Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal faces charges  including abuse of office & conspiracy to commit an economic crime.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal has been accused by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) of trading with the County Government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since 27th March 2013 to date; engaging in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law & in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public & State Officers.

  • The Samburu Governor released a press statement ensuring his complete cooperation ,& promising to take full responsibility of his actions after the EACC opened investigations alleging him & his staff members opened proxy companies to award themselves tenders & huge payouts on February 20.

As a government, we are fully open to investigations to ensure that this matter is dealt with,” he said.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal was arrested on Tuesday morning; April 2nd by the EACC.

  • The governor is said to have failed to disclose his interest in Oryx Service Station.

Noordin Haji the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) & who gave the approval for the governor’s arrest Monday night, said in a statement the following Tuesday morning

“It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law and in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public state officers,”

  • Oryx Service Station received a total of Sh84million ~834243.72USD from the Samburu County Government.
  • According to Haji the money was shared between the governor & his proxy Hesbon Ndathi.

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Chicago elects first black woman major! Lori Lightfoot.

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On Tuesday; April 2nd Lori Lightfoot made history as the 1st openly LGBTQ & black woman Mayor of Chicago.

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56-year-old Lightfoot’s victory was by a landslide! The nation’s third-largest city celebrated this as a win for diversity & progress.

  • Lori Lightfoot has never before held an elected office.
  • Lori Lightfoot is a lawyer & former federal prosecutor.
  • Lori Lightfoot has promised to cut back on Charter schools in Chicago & shake up the police department.

However, some Chicago activists feel although representation matters, Lightfoot simply was opportunistic. Toting her sexuality while having a far from progressive record as a corporate lawyer & federal prosecutor.

Black queer Chicagoans, especially those who are low-income, don’t merely predict oppressed people will suffer under the Lightfoot administration but know it,” wrote Benji Hart, a Chicago-based writer and educator in the Advocate.

#StopLightFoot is a campaign that further explains this saying while Lightfoot has run “extensively on her lesbian identity, her stances on policing and rent control fall into a legacy of decades-old anti-gay and anti-trans political suppression. Lightfoot’s plan to expand police presence in the city … and transform 38 closed public schools into mini-cop academies should concern every LGBTQ person in Chicago.”

Sigh!

Yet another case of the criminal justice system failing young negro men in the US! Quite frankly we are tired of covering stories like these, because it’s heartbreaking. But how else to we effect change?

Read the story of Albert N. Wilson down below. & sign the petition if you feel moved to do so.

Rest in power to Nipsey Hussle.

Rivals gangs came together calling a peace treaty & unifying as a way to pay respect to the deceased activist & rapper who was heavily involved within his community.

Congress member Karen Bass is also doing her part in making sure his rich legacy is never forgotten.

Rest in Power to yet another black man lost in the hands of police brutality; activist & Atlanta-native Oscar Cain.

 

Meanwhile, if you’re in the area, make sure you check out Eko Kitchen for some authentic Nigerian food!

Open for bussiness on May 3rd!

Located at 167 11th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Just remember #WhoToldYou


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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel apologies on behalf of his country for kidnapping mixed race babies, separating them from their mothers in the 1940s & 50s

  • During Belgium’s colonial rule in Africa, children born to Belgian immigrants & -now known as- Congolese natives, were forcefully taken from their African homes. Mixed race children were outlawed & Belgium had colonies in -what is now known as- Rwanda, Burundi & DR Congo.
  • The men often denied fathering the children. 
  • About 20,000 children were stolen from their mothers & indoctrinated into schools or orphanages run by the Catholic church.
  • Some mixed race kids after being extracted from their parents & brought into Belgium were also denied nationality. 

Huh?!

Why steal children from their mothers, taking them from their familiar homeland, only to drop them in a foreign country where they would be denied of all their rights?

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We guess a simple “sorry” should suffice for robbing people of their sense identity. Right? 

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Some people do. 


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Mozambique is struggling to find its bearings after cyclone Idai hit.

As reported in Color 16 Idai wreaked havoc in the Southern Hemisphere as a whole, tearing through Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Malawi. 

Port city was hit by the most by the storm. Biera, is dotted with ripped off rooftops, lacerated cables & makeshift molds of sand & rumble.

More than 3 weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the South Hemisphere, Biera remains the hub for the coordination of aid efforts.

Thousands of people who lost their homes have found shelter in Biera’s makeshift camps. More that 2000 people have been infected with cholera in areas that were particularly engulfed with water.

Humanitarian efforts have been focused on containing this, health officials launched a mass vaccination campaign in areas hit the most by flooding & humanitarian groups are distributing hygiene kits to prevent the spread of the bacterial disease.

Biera already had infrastructural challenges prior to Idai but the storm rendered things drastically worse. Contributing to preexisting problems & destroying an estimated 90% of the city. 

  • Some business have been forced to temporarily shut down operations while they sort out repairs to their damaged properties. 

We had bookings for weddings, parties and some religious events. We’ve not been able to host any of the programmes because, as you can see, we have to rebuild some parts of the compound,” Anifo told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Many Mozambicans feel abandoned by the government

“Nothing works here and the government doesn’t care,” said a man who simply identified himself as Miguel.

“If not for the humanitarian organisations that quickly came to our rescue, more people would have died. The government has not shown any serious concern because we don’t support President Filipe Nyusi,” Miguel told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Rural communities have said to have lost an estimated 700,000 hectares of crops in wake of Idai

“I am happy that I am alive,” said Esther Zalimba, who is from Buzi, a storm-hit village southwest of Beira & found shelter in the city’s Ifapa camp.

“I will sleep whenever I find. My entire village was flooded and even if I go back now, I won’t be able to get a place to sleep.” 


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Nigerians are protesting police brutality are asking for the dissolution or proper reform of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

SARS is a branch of the Nigeria Police Force under the Force Criminal Investigation & Intelligence Department (FCIID).

Ideally, the squad should deal with crimes associated with armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, cattle rustling & any form of gun violence. However, one search of the hashtag #ENDSARS makes it hard to distinguish  who the true criminals are.

SARS is known for its constant brutalization of Nigerian citizens. Arraigning people for anything from looking suspicious to wearing your hair in locks.

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Unfortunately Kolade Johnson was their most recent victim; the young man’s live was taken.

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Who are they protecting if they are killing innocent people?

However, abuse of power, unfortunately is nothing out of the ordinary in the average Nigerian experience.

Meanwhile perpetrators like these manage to find a way to roam around scot free !

So much so that Nothern Nigerian women coined their own hashtag to express their encounters with sexual assualt called #ArewaMeToo.

Listen to this passionate nothern lady give her opinion on the Zamfara state governor. Nigerians are fed up.

On a brighter note! Let’s give it up one time for all this beautiful negro excellence!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie graces the cover of Marie Claire Brazil.

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& on a lighter note:


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Today; April 7th, marks the 25th anniversary of the unfortunate genocide in Rwanda.

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President Paul Kagame laid a wreath on at a memorial site located in the capital; Kigali, where over 250,000 Rwandans were buried. Songs were sung & poems recited, the start to a solemn commemoration of the 800,000 people killed with knives, clubs & other weapons during three months of genocide in 1994.

The 100 days of killing began on 6 April 1994. Over a few short months over 10% of Rwanda’s population was killed primarily on the basis of their ethnicity. 70% of the minority Tutsi population was wiped out, & some Hutu’s were killed protecting their Tutsi neighbours, albeit a significantly lower percentage. 

The United Nations estimates that between 250,000 & 500,000 Tutsi women were raped

Speaking after the ceremony President Paul Kagame pledged to his people that history would never repeat itself.

“That is our firm commitment. Our bodies and minds bear amputations and scars but none of us is alone. Together we have woven the tattered threads of our unity into a new tapestry.”

July 1994, was when the killing stopped. Thanks to a Tutsi-led rebel movement led by Kagame called the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Which invaded Rwanda from Uganda & seized control of the country. Kagame then became Vice-President of Rwanda, subsequently becoming President & has been leader of the country ever since.

Alice Mukarurinda, 49, whose child was killed by Hutu extremists, said she had forgiven those responsible for the mass murder.

“The anger can never give you peace. Some Hutus were killed too while protecting Tutsi friends. It was a bad leadership of the past to blame. Those who killed my families have apologised to me and I have forgiven them. The future is important to us.

Jackie Mukamana, from Bugesera, said: “Today we live a better life and the children of Hutus and Tutsi attend the same schools and opportunities are offered equally. I can’t seek revenge because when you kill the person who murdered your relatives, you’ll become like that murderer.”

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a panel of experts to “investigate” France’s actions during the genocide in Rwanda

Rwanda & France have had a strained relationship since the genocide in 1994. 


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A sense of normalcy seems to slowly be restoring in the Johannesburg Alexandra Township after Wednesday’s large-scale protests against the government. 

On April 3rd the streets of Alexandra were flooded with chaos as discouraged & disgruntled South Africans barricaded roads with burning tyres & rocks, protesting poverty, rising unemployment & poor government services. 

  • Tensions continue to increase between South Africans & other African immigrants. 
  • Many South Africans are so discouraged by the government they’ve lost their faith in the electoral process & are opting to not participate. 

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Macky Sall commenced this 2nd term as President of Senegal on Tuesday; April 4th. As reported in Color 14 the incumbent President had won 58.27% of the populations votes securing his position for a re-election. 

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Nigerian President Buhari &  President Macky Sall

Donning a navy blue suit for his inauguration speech; President Macky Sall, 57, swore “before God and before the nation” to serve the people.

He was particularly optimistic the “new economic perspectives” opening up in Senegal; referring to the country’s plans to enter the hydrocarbons sector in 2021-22 via two ambitious oil and gas developments. 

We do wonder however, is this the smartest plan considering the general global shift towards renewable energy? Or is the idea for Senegal to as much profit from it while it’s plausible?

President Macky Sall also made some promises to the youth, saying he would look to aid the unemployed youth & create training policies to promote “the entrepreneurial spirit and new technologies”. 

  • He added he would commit “public policies favouring women and girls,” ensure “decent housing” for all & “safeguard the environment“. He didn’t expatiate on this though. 
  • He promised “a constructive dialogue open to all political, economic and social forces” referring to the opposition. Insisting he would rule “for all Senegalese“.

As reported in Color 13; 2 of Senegal’s main opposition leaders; Khalifa Sall –not in any way related to the current president-, & Karim Wade, were blocked from participating in the 2012 Presidential elections due to some charges of corruption brought up against them.

Both leaders have maintained their innocence insisting the charges are bogus & politically motivated. 


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The Ethiopian government has released its preliminary reports for last month’s fatal crash that claimed the lives of 157 passengers & crew.

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Dagmawit Moges; the Ethiopian Transport Minister said the major objective of the report was to ensure safety in the aviation sector.

The report said the pilots did everything they could, recommended by Boeing. The pilots struggled to control the plane’s automatic anti-stalling system; which is meant to push the nose of the aircraft downwards if it detects a stall or loss of air speed. 

  • This issue reportedly may have caused the accident. 

The crew was said to have reacted appropriately, carrying out the prescribed drill by Boeing. However, after performing the drill they find one of the control systems they had for pulling the aircraft’s nose back up simply; wasn’t working.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight went down 6 minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa.

  • There have been 2 fatal crashes in 5 months involving this particular model; Boeing 737 max. 
  • Families of the victims in the accidents want justice; a US court trial as Boeing is an American company. 
  • All Boeing 737 max have been grounded pending review into the flightware system. 

Investigators in Ethiopia say a full report on what exactly happened could take up to a year. 


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On Friday morning, the Ugandan police besieged the catholic church where main opposition leader & 4-time Presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye was set to hold his consultation meeting

Some Ugandans say young MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine is the new man with the Peoples ear. Kampala MP; Nabilah Naggayi Sempala says Bobi wine has God’s favor & is currently top of the opposition political space.

“Favor is an elusive variable and God bestows it on anyone that he chooses. It’s not a debate but a fact and God rarely asks for man’s opinion if ever” she said. 

  • Dr. Besigye is yet to public announce if his intentions are to run for the 5th time against the “President” incumbent. He probably would.

While addressing top leaders from opposition political parties –Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party & People’s Democratic Party–  during the signing of a Memorandum of understanding in preparation for the upcoming 2021 elections, Bobi wine expressed his disappointment in Dr. Besigye for telling people President Museveni can’t be defeated through elections.

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Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine)

 

For a leader to say that a vote can never oust Museveni without offering another option, it is disappointing. We continue to call upon Ugandans like we have always said, what we politicians can not solve, the people of Uganda can solve, they should go ahead and register as voters and be many  Wine said. 


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African countries as a whole; using Zimbabwe as an example, decolonize your mind!

The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported the country’s Judiciary Service Commission placed an order for 64 horse-hair wigs from Stanley Ley Legal Outfitters in London, at a cost of £1,850 ($2,428) per wig. Totaling; £118,400 ($155,000).

Lawyers & activists have openly expressed their anger with the purchase; arguing it to be an obvious mismanagement of funds, while also failing to improve access to legal services for the average Zimbabwean. 

Hopewell Chin’ono, a leading Zimbabwean journalist & documentary filmmaker said the former colonial powers are “having a laugh” at Zimbabwe, stating:

“You can take Zimbabwe out of the empire, but you can’t take the empire out of Zimbabwe.”

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Stanley Ginsburg, the owner of Stanley Ley, gave a statement to CNN reporters confirming his company did indeed supply wigs to Zimbabwe but the actual number ordered was “no way near the number” quoted by the Zimbabwe Independent. 

Hmm.


A Week In Color 14

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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter

Happy new month negroes!


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President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir actually stepped down from power??!

Technically…Yes, but really; No.

As previously documented: In Color 9 & 11 violent protests have been on-going in Africa’s 3rd largest country. 

These demonstrations were sparked by a sharp spike in prices of bread & fuel within Sudan. Sudanese citizens have demonstrated with bursts of city-wide protests before.  However, this time they remain relentless.

& it could be working! 

President Omar al-Bashir pulled a number of  dictator tactics in hopes quell the uproar & prolong his 30 year grip as Sudan’s leader. 

Multiple protestors & journalists have been arrested; with many losing their lives, all in the regime’s failed attempt to silence voices & rein in the demonstrations. 

When intimidating protestors proved to no avail. President al-Bashir has turned to placation. Inviting journalist to his presidential palace, where he promised the release of the wrongfully arrested journalists & protestors. He blamed sanctions & the West for Sudan’s current state of economy. 

In late February; Monday, February 25th President Omar al-Bashir banned public gatherings & protests, declaring a state of emergency. 

The protests continued. Protestors saw this declaration as an act of desperation on the part of the President. A sign of the demonstrations effectiveness.

We are challenging the regime and we are not scared of the state of emergency,” said protester Erij

Protests in Sudan started on December 19th 2018, in Atbara, after the government’s decision to triple the price of bread. 

President al-Bashir tried shaking up his cabinet, firing his long-time ally & Vice-President; Bakri Hassan Saleh. He also swore in a new Prime-Minister & appointed 16 more army officials. 

President al-Bashir stepped down as leader of the National Congress Party, on Friday; March 1st.

  • President al-Bashir quit his position as chairman & delegated his powers as leader of the ruling party to Ahmed Harun; the party’s deputy chairman. 
  • Much like President-Dictator al-Bashir, Ahmed Harun is wanted for alleged war crimes committed in Sudan’s Darfur region. 

Harun is quoted telling local news that President al-Bashir made this decision in order to “devote himself to the national tasks” as al-Bashir remains the country’s leader.

Anti-government protests have engulfed Khartoum, the capital & its twin city Omdurman. 

On thursday, February 28, according to SUNA; the state-run news agency, 8 people were sentenced to prison in an emergency court set up in the capital for their participation in the protests. 

  • 4 of them were given 5-year sentences, 3 got 3-year terms while 1 person was sentenced to a month. This same court ordered the deportation of an Ethiopian citizen over similar charges.

An african country deporting an African to another african country?

The irony in this is not lost. 

  • The emergency court was set up to investigate violations under the state of emergency declared by President-Dictator al-Bashir. 
  • According to The Democratic Lawyers Alliance; part of the bigger group leading the protests, more than 870 protestors were brought before the emergency court on Thursday.

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This is the most documented protest in Sudan. The country has a total of 9m internet users, with 90% of the population having access to mobile phones. President-Dictator al-Bashir also banned local newspapers from covering the protests. 

Government officials have a recorded death toll of 31 people since the demonstrations. The Human Rights Watch death toll report is 51 people

Sudan has been experiencing constant instability in government since the independence of South Sudan in 2011 & a huge lack of foreign currency.

The shortages in basic goods further fueled inflation the country, depleting the purchasing power & living standards of the average Sudanese; from local agricultural labourers to the middle-class professionals. 


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Zimbabwe is the 2nd African country to approve cannabis investors. South Africa preceded them.

  • In 2018 the Zimbabwean government decided to legalize the production of cannabis.  
  • Vangelis Haritatos, the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate & Rural Resettlement, says the government was stormed with applications for the production of mbanje or dagga (cannabis). Over 200 local & foreign investors inquired about venturing into cannabis production in Zimbabwe.
  • Minister Haritatos said the government working on making sure the chosen investors are licenced & in line with; Statutory Instrument 62 of 2018 (Dangerous Drugs Production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Scientific use Regulations).
  • The Cabinet approved 37 investors to be issued with licenses. These would last for 12 months(1yr), pending renewal.
  • Deputy Minster Haritatos says the global mbanje or dagga business is worth $24B per annum. He acknowledged the growing pains with pushing out cannabis production. He says his ministry would be working extremely closely with the Ministry of Health & Child Care in production of medicinal cannabis, in partnership with investors.

Let’s give investors a chance. There is a lot of excitement which will bring a lot of investment and help people produce oils for cancer and other medicinal purposes,” he said.


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Current Senegalese President Macky Sall won 58% of the votes.

As reported in last week’s in color Senegal had their Presidential elections.

The results were announced on Tuesday; February 24th, & President Macky Sall unsurprisingly was re-elected! 

  • According to Demba Kandji; chairman of the electoral body, President Macky Sall won 58.27% of the general populations votes. Due to this, there’s no need for a recount. 
  • Election observers did not record any major irregularities on Sunday; when Senegalese people casted their votes, determining the following 5 years.  

Although, protests did break out in Dakar, Senegal. University students vehemently protested the election results. Tired of the corruption in the government.

  • As covered last week, there were rumblings of foul play, when 2 main candidates  Khalifa Sall-not related to the incumbent president-, & Karim Wade were blocked from participating in the election contest in 2012.
  • President Macky Sall had campaigned on the promise of change. Since then, a constitutional referendum was agreed upon; shortening the presidential term from 7 years to 5
  • President Macky Sall still proceeded to remain in-seat for 7 years (2 years after) following this law change. 

Despite the consistent growth in the Senegalese economy, unemployment –especially within Senegalese youth– is very high. Many venture into the mediterranean in hopes of greener pastures. 

57 year-old President Mally Sall promises even more growth in the economy. Senegal recently discovered large crude oil reserves valued at $50B.

Senegal still remains a beacon of light when it comes to democracy in West Africa. 


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In contrasting news;

Contrary to world news reports; Nigeria did not partake free & fair elections.

But don’t take our word for it. 

See the evidence yourself & you decipher.

Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari secured himself 56% of the votes. The electoral commission announced these results on Wednesday; February 24th.

Atiku Abubakar; the main opposition running against President Buhari has challenged the election results.

Calling it “rigged” & stating that this was “the worst election in Nigeria’s history

  • Atiku Abubakar represents the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
  • He secured 41% of the votes according to the electoral commision. He says he will challenge the outcome in court.

Below is the press release of Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on the conduction of the carried out 2019 Presidential & Legislative elections.

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On a brighter note!

We love when the diaspora links up!

American actor Kevin Hart patronizes a local Nigerian artist.

& the link up happened through a few retweets on social media!

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Meet Naomi Wadler; a young American student activist currently enrolled in George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Yes,

you read it right. Naomi Wadler is an elementary school student.

She’s mostly know as a strong voice in the anti-gun protest; March for Our Lives held in Washington, DC.

  • Wadler is just 12 years-old.

She expresses her activism focuses on black women. Commending her peers for their voices in the fight for better gun laws & gun control, however she makes it clear that children in Chicago have been speaking way louder for a longer time. 

The children are the future.

Speaking of things that happen to everyone not white in the United States

A law had to be implemented to allow black people wear their hair how it naturally grows from their scalp.

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A win!

…we guess??

New York City just passed a law that protects natural hairstyles, allowing people the right to their natural styles like afros, braids, locs, bantu knots, fades e.t.c. at work, school or in public spaces.

  • It is a know fact that black people still get harassed for wearing their hair the natural way it grows from their scalp in the US. Racism or prejudice is disgusting !


 

A Week In Color 13 (Updated)

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It’s that season, to pander to the public for no reason!

As mentioned In Color 11; Senegal is in election season. The campaign period started on the 4th of February & came to a quick swift end late Friday; February 22. 

6.5 million Senegalese people have registered to vote & casted their votes today; February 24th, deciding the future of Senegal. 

The polls; closed now, were opened at 8:00am, until 7:00pm (GMT).

Current President Macky Sall; seeking re-election, is said to be the most popular in the polls & probably the winning contender. 

There was no televised debate during the election campaign. The Senegalese youth took to public election forums to ask the politicians the hard questions. For a candidate to be declared winner she/he must secure 50% of the overall votes.

If there is no candidate with the majority of the vote?

Then there’s a re-match taking place! 

  • The President; Macky Sall is running on the platform of an emerging booming economy. The west african country did just discover oil in its gas reserves. Drilling is yet to commence & already rumblings of personal profiting, & money laundering have begun
  • The “opposition” candidates focused mainly on the poverty & unemployment forcing in the economy; which forces Senegal’s youngest & brightest to seek greener pastures outside Senegal.  
  • 2 of Senegal’s main opposition leaders; Khalifa Sall –not in any way related to the current president-, & Karim Wade, were blocked from participating in the election contest in 2012, due to some charges brought against them.
  •  Both have maintained their innocence; insisting the charges were bogus & politically motivated.
  • Ousmane Sonko; 44, Senegal’s youngest candidate, ran his platform on curbing France’s influence on Senegal. Proposing if elected, Senegal would used their own domestic currency as a legal tender. Replacing the CFA Franc; which is used by 14 other West African countries if elected. 
  • Preliminary results are to be announced on Tuesday; February 24th. With the final tally on Friday; February 28th. President Macky Sall is expected to win

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Kenya is at the forefront in Africa for human rights; specifically LGBTQ & love.

Love is love.

However, Kenya’s LGBTQ community & their allies are a bit disappointed. & we understand why. A much-anticipated ruling on February; 22 set to be a huge win for human rights in Kenya & frankly, all of Africa was pushed back to May 24. 

  • The ruling was for a petition to nullify the remnants of colonial-era laws in Kenya that criminalizes same-sex sex.
  • Specifically 2 sections in the penal code.

One that states; anyone who has “carnal knowledge… against the order of nature” can be imprisoned for 14 years. & the other that provides for a five-year jail term for “indecent practices between males”.

Chacha Mwita; one of the judges on the 3-judge bench gave what some might deem a weak response for the reason behind the push back.

“The files are above my height… we are still working,”  he also added that one of this collegue where on leave, adding to the delay. 

Mwita  announced the push back. 

Although, even though the laws do exist, members of the LGBTQ rarely actually get convicted.
Imani Kimiri from the National & Lesbian Human Rights Council (NGLHRC) legal team told APC news agency that her office dealt with 15 prosecutions in 2018 & couldn’t even remember the last convictions.

She did slam the process as;”just a frustrating endeavour”

  • Yet, another issue with the law still in Kenya’s constitution is; members of Kenyan’s LGBTQ seldom report crimes of abuse like sexual assault, blackmail & eviction due to their sexual orientation because it would technically be “confessing to a crime”. 
  • Under Kenya’s 2010 constitution all persons would be equal before the law, the petitioners argue these 2 outdated &archaic sections in the penal code contradict this. We agree. 

The petitioners believe albeit delayed the ruling would be in their favour.

Kenya has already made strides on the road to equality, when juxtaposed with its counterparts -other African countries–  festered with homophobia. 

So we remain optimistic too.

In March the High court banned forced anal testing of men suspected of being gay.

One could wonder; why was this even a law in place?

Or we can decide to just focus on the fact that it is no longer one!

Praise Her! 


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Presidential & legislative elections finally took place this past Saturday in Nigeria.

As reported in last week’s In Color 12; Nigeria pushed back her presidential & legislative elections by a week. Nigerians suspected foul play by the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC). INEC stated issues with logistics as the reason for the election postponement. Many couldn’t understand the actual plausibility of such an issue for an election known to already scheduled to take place; 4 years prior.

The abrupt night-before date switch up didn’t help quell the people’s insecurities with putting trust in the Nigerian government.

The election was a bitter & violent one. A showdown between 76 year-old, current president Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress & the former vice president, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party; 72 year-old Atiku Abubakar.

Tribalism was also an unfortunate a deadly tool used to fuel these elections, with reports of states inhabited by mostly Yoruba people; a main ethnic group attacking the Igbos another ethnic group to intimidate them from exercising their right to vote. Then in turn skewing the election results.

Many polling units were delayed & although Nigerians arrived at scheduled time, they had to wait even longer to cast their votes in the ballot. Some Nigerian’s, tired of the wait, found unorthodox always to make sure their vote counted.

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Nigerians took to social media to give their reports on polling units being disrupted & ballot papers being burnt.

Rumblings of corrupted pre-filled ballot sheets were also an issue of contention.

Some frustrated & fed-up Nigerians even resulted to jungle justice. Finding their own justice in a government that barely protects the interests of its people.

Some Nigerian Youth Corpers appointed serve their country –& mediate the elections– were also put in harm’s way. The Nigerian government barely provided any security or housing arrangements for of its youngest & brightest.

Meanwhile, considering the tone of current President Buhari;

Albeit extremely unfortunate, the turn out events as it pertaining to the elections is far from a huge shocker.

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Meanwhile; on this week’s episode of keeping up with our favorite Senator;

Dino Melaye…

On a brighter note;

Nigerians in diaspora may be the country’s biggest export pumping an estimated total of $25B into the Nigerian economy according to the chief economist in Price Water Coopers(PWC) Nigeria.


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On today’s episode of possible racist things that could happen to everyone not white in America.

Huge Democratic donor & “ally” in LGBGTQ rights; Ed Buck is found out & about wandering the streets with yet another Black man, just a month after a second Black man was found dead in his Los Angeles-area apartment.

  • Ed Buck is said to have donated $53,000 to Democratic candidates & to the Democratic Congressional Campaign committee since 2008.
  • In July 2017; A 26 year-old gay male’s boy; Gemelle Moore, was found lifeless in the Ed Bucks apartment. However, investigators ruled it as an accidental overdose on crystal methamphetamine.
  • More recently, another dead man was found dead in his Hollywood apartment, early Monday; on January 7th.

On Saturday, February 23rd, demonstrators gathered in front of Ed Buck’s West Hollywood home demanding answers about the investigation of the unfortunate death of the 2 black men. Many activist say Ed Buck may be getting a free pass because of his political connections.

Meanwhile;


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13,000 United Nation troops deployed in CAR & still “ineffective” assistance from them with protecting civilians from armed groups in the town of Batangafo in October & November, according to new reports from medical aid organisation. 

  • Doctors Without Borders A.K.A MSF was the medical charity who declared the death of at least 15 people with 29 others injured after the attack on Batangafo. 
  • Batangafo is 400km north of the country’s capital; Bangui. 
  • It is reported that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in CAR failed at its primary responsibility to the mineral rich country.

“MINUSCA was responsible for protecting civilians. However, they were unable to do this,” Omar Ahmed Abenza, the MSF head of the mission in the country, said.

“Most of the victims of the violence are ordinary people. Civilians in Batangafo have been left with no effective protection,” Abenza added.

  • CAR has been in near constant conflict, since 2013 because of this the UN imposed an arms embargo on them. 
  • Since a meeting last month, the UN Security Council agreed to possibly ease the embargo. This would allow supplies for government forces fighting the militias who –for now– have control of a lot of territory in CAR. Counterproductive embargo to say less?
  • A quarter of the country’s population; 4.5 million has been displaced due to the violence with thousands of lives lost. 

According to Al Jazeera although inquired MINUSCA is still left to give a statement of response


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Is saving the planet & influencing other African countries to follow suit through leading by example.

In 2016 Kigali; the capital, began the “car-free day”, a monthly event powered by willing citizens. However, in 2017, after an attendance from President Paul Kagame-& under his recommendations- it bloomed to a bi-weekly event.

  • Collective exercises are encouraged on Car-Free day.

It started as a response to the lack of enough sports and gym facilitates where people can go and exercise, beyond the collective exercises other partners like the Ministry of Health joined to offer free testing for conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, eye testing, breast cancer and so on,” said Jean-Claude Ruzindana, the director of social services at the City of Kigali.

  • Car-Free day actively reduces the spread of non-communicable diseases as stated by Ruzindana. It serves an easy platform for Rwanda’s Biometrical Centre to reach a large group of Rwandese people at once & also effectively educate them on healthier life alternative, following up on people with preexisting medical conditions. 
  • The day runs for 27 hours. Starting from 7am to 10am the following day. On Car-Free day Kigali shuts off its roads; from Centenary House in town to Amahoro stadium. All testings & group exercises take place at the Rwanda Revenue Authorities headquarters. 
  • Although the day is still centered around just the capital; Kigali, the Rwandese government has expressed their plans to expand with the initiative,outside of the city. 
  • The Car-Free initiative has been so successful even it’s being adopted by a couple other African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe & Ethiopia; who held their 2nd Car-Free day event in major cities. 


A Week In Color 11

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Africa’s most populous country ~200M people, is to hold presidential elections on the 16th of this month (February).

There are over 70 candidates participating in the race.

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However, the main contenders are; candidate 76 –Nigeria’s current President-Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC), & Candidate 72; Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

If you listen to the Nigerian youth- so one would think, the country’s future-, it’s clear that even they’re fed up of the current administration’s piss poor management of the country.

President Buhari ran –& won– his first campaign on an anti-corruption high-horse. The actions of many of the President’s party members have directly contradicted this.

Nigerian’s don’t seem super keen on either of the biggest contenders.

Finding themselves where they usually are; having to pick the “lesser evil”. 4 in every 10 Nigerian is either underemployed or unemployed & this comprises mainly the youth.

Allegations of voter suppression –with video evidence– have also been brought up against the current administration.

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Many informed & involved citizens are questioning the Nigerian government’s tactics of soliciting votes from super poor masses. A predicament the incompetent government has a hand in, in the first place. 

Nigerians are skeptical  of a true free & fair election. Neither are they naive with their expectations of the “opposition” Atiku Abubakar of PDP.

Here’s a video of Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai; the Governor of Kaduna State addressing hypothetical foreigners, who choose intervene in Nigerian politics.

they will go back in body bags

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& now, a short lecture on CONSENT.

It is 2019. All men & women should be keyed in on the concept of CONSENT. A verbal YES is consent.

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Chima George & Segun Razak –also known as– Deejay Ricco were arrested for drugging & raping a 23 year-old lady –name withheld– in DeLankaster Hotel.

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Chima George is the son of an elite businessman who owns DeLankaster Hotel & Segun Razak has made a name for himself as a Disc Jockey. Naturally, this case took social media by a storm.

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The boys were caught because of their audacity to actually record their heinous act on camera. This was later used as evidence against them. 

Many feared the boys would leverage their privilege finagling themselves out of the corrupt Nigerian legal system. Different stories circulated including some alleging the Nigerian police tampered with evidence.

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Popular Nigerian blogger “Lindaikeji” initially covered the story. However, due to some unknown & moneymysterious reason had it taken off of her website. This was extremely usual as the blogger barely ever rescinds stories, making Nigerians come up with some of their own plausible stories.

A recent statement released by the Department of State Security (DSS) alleges that the boys are still in police custody, but some Nigerian women decided to add some icing on the cake, leaving horrible reviews on his dad’s hotel.


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Godfrey Kiwanda; the Minister of Tourism, has the less than bright idea to use “curvy women” as a tourism “product” in Uganda.

In a conference in Kampala Mr. Kiwanda explained his thought process, saying a beauty pageant “Miss Curvy Uganda” has been launched on the hunt for sexy curvaceous women. The lucky? Finalists are to be announced in June.

We have naturally endowed nice looking women that are amazing to look at. Why don’t img_5648we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?”

Mr. Godfrey Kiwanda

  • Ugandan women are outraged! Calling for the resignation of the Minster, including a public apology for his recklessness.
  • Primrose Nyonyozi Murungi –entreprenuer & activist– launched an online petition to stop the campaign.

Women in Uganda have been attacked while on the streets. What happens now that the government is confirming a stereotype that women are sexual objects and can be touched regardless and more so made a product of tourism,” she said.

Ugandans have also taken to social media in order to protest the arrest of Kenyan Journalist; Kassim Mohammed & Vivian Mohammed; his wife.

  • The pair were kidnapped *coughs* arrested in Uganda’s capital; Kampala.
  • 2 other journalist were taken with them.
  • The journalists were said to be developing a story in the dictatorial land of Uganda.
  • They are currently being held in a central police station in Kampala, Uganda.

Justice for Kassim Mohammed & all the incarcerated journalists. Journalism is not a crime.


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Speaking of other countries & presidential elections, Senegal is to hold her presidential elections on the 24th of this month!

  • One of the biggest topics of debate is the country’s currency; CFA franc.
  • CFA franc was introduced to Senegal by France in 1945.
  • Many believe it to be a legacy of colonizers & colonization.
  • 14 West African countries currently use CFA franc was their legal tender.

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Black history month is an annual observance every February in the United States. It is aimed at remembering the fierce & relentless negro heros who made strides in civil-so really, human-rights, as well as the documented history of the African diaspora. 

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Thank you, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson! He was one of the first scholars to study African-American history.

In 1926 he proposed the second week of February be “Negro History Week”. Also known as the father of black history, Dr. Woodson’s “Negro History Week” became a precursor to Black History Month as we know it.

Black History Month is also celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada & the Republic of Ireland.

If change is to come we have to do the work. 

Speaking of Black Excellence during black history month,

let’s all commend Candice Payne!

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Candice Payne paid for hotel rooms for 100 homeless people in Chicago. After listening to her local news & hearing the weather forecast in her area; below freezing point! Candice knew she had to do something! 

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She was turned down multiple times, by multiple hotels. Hotels whos management didn’t think homeless people sleeping in paid for rooms were “good for business”. Humanity, right?

Candice Payne didn’t let that deter her. We need more people like Candice in the world, people who see an issue & take personal action.

The Governor of Virginia; Ralph Northam was caught face first !

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Governor Ralph Northam has since been having a slew of press runs explaining an alleged picture of him in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook.

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Governor Ralph Northam is quoted saying;

Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor.”

Can someone ask him, what happens when your doctor is a racist?

Although to Governor Northam’s credit, he did start an important conversation. One of exposing college yearbooks in America.

Did we forget to mention that the good governor is a Democrat?

Again we ask, why do Americans get stuck on the polar Democrat vs. Republican war? Especially black people?

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Speaking of hate. Self-hate to be exact. NFL players caught on camera toasting to “lightskinned” babies with their caucasian partners.

Chile…sure. Still nigger. 


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Laurent Gbagbo; former Ivorian Head of State, has been released to Belguim on conditions.

  • After being acquitted of all charges by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as reported In color 9, Belguim agreed to host him.
  • Some of the conditions includes; Gbagbo hand over his passport to Belgian officials, surveillance & that Gbagbo return to the ICC if there was a possible prosecution appeal against his acquittal.
  • A spokesperson for Belgium’s immigration service confirmed at Laurent Gbagbo had in fact been issued a visa, allowing him legally residency in Belgium for 90 days.

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As covered in a week In color 9. Sudan is still experiencing relentless protests. The Sudanese people are fed up & don’t seem to be backing down any time soon.

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The Sudanese President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir has taken a new stance with protestors, telling journalists he invited to the presidential palace;

Most of the protesters are young and there are factors that drove them to take to the streets, including inflation, which led to higher prices – and the limited job opportunities that don’t match the number of graduates,

He also reassured them all journalist arrested due to the protests would be released immediately.

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Tanzanians rejoice in reaction to the huge slashes in fuel prices.

Due to general global cuts in oil prices, the energy regulator has announced yet another price slash in the month of February.


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Last week the United States announced its move to impose sanctions on the issuance of visas to Ghana.

  • This move was a reaction to Ghanas alleged refusal to accept their citizens; “Ghanian deportees”.

Ghana responds eloquently, pointing out huge issues with human rights & demanding that the US treat human beings with dignity. Deportees or otherwise.

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6 suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

Last month; a week in color 9 we spoke on the murder of Ghanian investigate journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

Hussein- Suale was shot 3 times; twice in the chest & once on the neck. It was a targeted attack. Under the Tiger Eye team, Ahmed Hussein-Suale brought about the dissolution the Ghana Football Association. & a lifetime ban from FIFA was also given to Kwesi Nyantakyi –the association’s former head– including some referees, due to the various corrupt practices uncovered.

  • 6 of the suspects arrested on Thursday have been released on bail.
  • Director general of police public affairs; David Eklu says there seems to be a lack of “strong evidence for now“, stating most of the arrests were “preliminary arrests based on reasonable suspicion“.

Justice for Ahmed Hussein-Suale. Journalism is not a crime.


 

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Meet Adebayo Oke-Lawal 

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The “Orange Nerd” featured in Forbes 30 under 30 –2018– & C.E.O of Orange Culture Nigeria. It seems like there’s nothing this look-god can’t accomplish & it all started with a passion for fashion.

Lawal says he was always in a love affair with fashion. Creative from a young age, He became enamoured with this passion at age 10 after a small fashion boutique in Nigeria took him seriously; they actually made his sketches for display.

At the age of 17 Lawal began to brand himself as the “Orange Boy”. Creating a space & community of non-conforming people tired of the boxed-in, binary traditional, stereotypical fashion tied in Nigeria’s rigid & hyper-masculine societal culture.

Thanks Colonizers !

In 2011 the Orange Culture Fashion house was born!

img_5591Established to be a genderless fashion house, showcasing universal African aesthetics. Adebayo Oke-Lawal  draws from his traditional culture by incorporating bright colors & bold patterns in his designs, all while simultaneously creating daring –to the Nigerian culturestatement pieces.

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& he’s serious about his art; meticulous with his craft.

The majority of his fabrics are locally sourced, made by local artisan fabric makers. Lawal‘s  designs with intent, when approching designs he thinks;

How does it feel against your skin, does it make you feel creative, beautiful & sensual?” -Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Orange Culture -the androgynous fashion house- has already broken out of the mold and continues to trailblaze as one of Africa’s most adventurous & daring fashion houses. Displaying pieces in London, Paris & Lagos fashion week. With glowing write-ups & worldwide acknowledgement from media houses like; TheNewYorkTimes, CNN, Elle & Vogue… just to name a few.

So know a bad bitch when you see one!

Be inspired & dare to dream. Adebayo Oke-Lawal is an example that with hardwork, passion & consistency, you’ll light up the world.

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Because of this we stan.

Meet Selly Raby Kane

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Considered Senegal’s most famous fashion designer Selly Raby Kane has quickly developed a solid name for herself in the fashion industry. But it’s wasn’t a straight & direct path. Like most African kids pressured to be great, Kane was cajoled into a career in law by her parents, agreeing to attend Law School in France. This however, became a blessing in disguise for Kane, as most of her initial work pulled deep influences from the country.

img_5588Kane describes her experience Paris as a “social immersion”. She studied at Mod’spe, where she earned her Masters degree & began making clothes in her spare time. Kane was also inspired by urban designers, in particular “Invader” a graffiti artist who draws inspiration from arcade games. Selly Raby Kane graduated in 2011 & brought the knowledge back home with her to Senegal. Penetrating the new Senegalese fusion fashion scene was the mission. 

 She debuted her first collection in 2012. Showcasing her avantgarde creative style. She featured rich batik patterns with PVC cutouts on shoulders & quilted, textured fabric. Kane’s design style embraces the “fusion” in the Senegalese wave of fashion by deconstructing traditional Senegalese garments, to reassemble them into a new & extremely  unique aesthetic. Kane uses traditional Senegalese tailoring techniques while unapologetically incorporating the foreign influences from her world travels. “Alien Cartoon” her next collection was released in 2014. The idea was spun when Kane saw some macro photographs of insects & sea fauna. It was later featured in Dakar’s old train station which was converted into an alien city for the occasion.

Selly Raby Kane got even more exposure when the queenBeyoncé– was spotted donning one of her custom designs in 2016.

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She was able to access an even bigger audience, and now provides services to a huge influx of more high-profile regulars. The 31-year-old considers herself a recluse, always creating in her studio in Dakar, Senegal.

Her recent designs utilize a lot of traditional Senegalese tailoring techniques. She taught herself how to make jackets & shirts using the Njakhas -patchwork of baye-, obtained from the Sufi sect in Senegal known for their Technicolor vibrant robes.

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Kane is so out of the box, anything! Can be used as a piece for her designs, even hair!

Kane considers her own personal style Senegalese punk rock. When asked about her jacket designs she’s quoted saying; “when I work on jackets, I don’t think about gender at all. Most of the (non-seasonal) products of the brand are unisex“. Check her out pieces out on sellyrabykane.com

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