Yagazie Emezi

DEDICATED TO THE CULTURAL PRESERVATION OF THE AFRICAN AESTHETIC.

Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist
Artist

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STREET STYLE: FUNFERE KOROYE

An aspiring industrial product designer known for his contemporary and gemotric designs, Funfere’s work speaks to his foundation in art and design. He’s very clear about not pursuing a career in fashion, while he spends the year in China working as a product developer for a Japanese American footwear company. Kind of cool right?

“Do whatever the fuck you want. If people dont like it then find somewhere else to be. Thats what i do everyday. Don’t let the little things bother you. Stay strong, and stay positive. When you lose one thing, you gain another better. Don’t stress it, just smile. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Maybe nothing is working out right now, but maybe thats just a part of the puzzle pieces assembling into the picture that you deserve. People come and go, but you’ve always got you, so be thankful to be alive. Keep calm, shit happens.”

Shot in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Maki Oh Fall 2014

Of all the names to turn up on the short list for the brand-new LVMH Prize, Maki Oh is perhaps the most surprising. Designer Maki Osakwe’s presence on the list is richly deserved, but as a designer based in Lagos, she remains outside the range of fashion industry groupthink. That makes her something other than a usual suspect for a Paris-based fashion competition, but it also helps account for the utter distinctiveness of her work. Osakwe always premises her collections on a story, and this one, she explained, came from her imagining a woman at her mirror, reciting the song lyrics, “Tell me I’m the only one, even if you choke.”

Further, Osakwe really upped her textile game this season, developing a traditional Nigerian aso-oke material with Lurex thread; pulling luxe gobs of fringe out of selvedge; and translating prints, such as her Yoruba translation of those song lyrics, into hand-appliquéd lettering. There’s a certain naïveté to Osakwe’s work and you sense the hand of the artisan, but the intelligence and aesthetic sophistication guiding her process is so keen, the pieces never come off as artsy-craftsy. Well done. - By Maya Singer

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afropunk liannelahavas alicesmith fadermag

shot by Toni Smailagic - www.tonismailagic.com

afropunk was too good this year !!!

MICHAEL | FREE THE TOWN, a feature film

FREE THE TOWN interweaves 3 lives in Freetown, Sierra Leone. A native virgin runs from a past riddled with witch accusations, she collides with two strangers: a Brooklyn teen reuniting with his estranged African father and a myopic filmmaker relentlessly pursuing a story of African witch exorcisms. In a country struggling to progress, we discover the past often has an unshakeable grasp on the future. 90 mins.

****FREE THE TOWN IS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT***

I’m glad to be drawing again! Did over some old ones as well. Lagos has been stressing me out so it felt good to get back to my little brown girl.

  • Creep lesson 101
  • Don’t expect much from me in the club
  • You know you’ve gained weight when those waist beads get higher.

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India replaces the Ice Bucket Challenge with the much more sustainable Rice Bucket Challenge 

After seeing the dramatic results from the Ice Bucket Challenge, Indian journalist Manju Latha Kalanidhi was compelled to start something similar, but with an Indian slant. “I felt like doing something more locally tangible. Rice is a staple here,” Kalanidhi told CNN. “We eat it every day, we can store it for months. Why not donate rice to someone who is hungry?”

It’s fairly simpleFollow micdotcom

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You know what, guys? I’m not ashamed. I’m into it.

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Somewhere that was ours. 2014.

Meet Glora Etim

Sometimes I take pictures of people when they are not aware. This is the best because that’s when they show true emotions, natural facial expressions. I usually wait at the junction of my street for about 10 minutes to catch a cab to the high school I teach at and during that time I watch these young children going to school with their big dreams and bright faces. I watch the little ones scream and cry and tug at their mothers when their school buses arrive. I love to watch this show everyday and it inspired me to begin a series – the school children series.  I take photographs of children I come across on their way to school. Many a time I speak to them. Some of them dream of becoming pilots and astronauts and I think that I really beautiful.

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yagazieemezi:

I’ve gotten a few (2 lol) very rude versions of “Why are you even doing this?”

  • Because there needs to be a discussion space for young African women by young African women to discuss social issues that affect them.
  • Because even though YOU don’t need it, there are young African women out there who need to hear that their dreams are possible.
  • Because even though YOU don’t need it, there are young African women out there who feel like they don’t fit in, who feel alone and unwanted.
  • Because even though YOU don’t need it, there are African women out there, who simply want to hear from someone else that they matter.
  • And opening a discussion space for those women and other women who want to help is fucking important
  • So don’t use that tone with me and ask why I’m hosting an event for women to come and talk. 😀 Make sure to register like, soon! (Full info in profile bio link) The event can’t take folks in at the doors and it’ll be out of my hands at that point lol so register and I’ll see some of you on Sunday! 

See the event HERE

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i-D straight ups: i-D heads to Lagos to shoot the cool kids of Nigeria’s capital, straight up. 

  1. Yagazie Emezi | Visual curator  

  2. Honey ogundeyi | Internet Entrepreneur

  3. David Dagat | Flight attendant & aspiring writer

  4. Uju Nwobodoh | Model

  5. Adebayo Babatunde | Aspiring photographer  

Tchwww but they can’t learn that Lagos isn’t the capital…But yayy! My answers though lol