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Teyana Taylor’s daughter, Iman Tayla

Inspired by her daughter, artiste Teyana Taylor has announced the launch of her new line of headwraps for babies called Baby Buddah Bug.

The headwraps come in a variety of fabrics, colours and prints, they also com pre-wrapped for easy use so all you have to do it put it on like a cap. The headwraps are priced from $35.00 to $80.00

The shop officially opens on August 20th, but you can peruse the styles and pre-order right now at BabyBuddahBug Online.

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African fashion is in, mainstream magazines are denying it but the movement is sweeping them off their feet. And headwrapping is one feature that is within the new fashion revoluton. From Africa to Europe, to America, print’s, headwraps and African jewelry are redefining trends.

Call it what you want, Doku, Duku, gele etc, how-to headwrap videos are going viral. However of all the headwrap styles, one of them seems to be making waves. We noticed it had appeared more often than others when surfacing social media and African photoshoots. Unfortunately as the headwrap styles do not have individual names we can only show you by images of ladies rocking it only within the past 24 hours.

If you got a hot headwrap picture you like us to get on. Post it on instagram and hashtag #FGStyle. For now see the images below.

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Here is a video of how to get it on. Go to look number 2. Also check out IG: @wrapqns

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From a religious point of view to a fashion statement piece, The African head wraps has taken center stage with its intricate designs and artistic way of tying them. Make that entrance with the wrap of your life.

Below are some of our favorite looks and easy steps to tying your head wrap

 

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Fanm Djanm means strong woman – and the summer collection of the NYC-based headwraps & accessories brand celebrates strong, bold and beautiful black women in its latest photo shoot – taken in Puerto Rico. The colors and the energy in these images are just amazing. My favorite is the shot with the elegant pastel colors and the one with the short print dresses and all the beaded necklaces piled on top of each other. That’s such a fab look! The Fanm Djanm website also offers headwrap tutorials – have a look at them and start practicing your headwraping game, so that you are ready to rock your crowns this summer.

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After years of fighting negative stereotypes about Africa, especially through Western news cycles, a generation of passionate Afrocentrists are finally doing something about it. A new wave of actors and allies are taking on the responsibility of representing African cultures, values, identity and heritage, and are subsequently working to play a role in determining the fate of the continent.

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Michelle Obama just hosted African dance classes at the White House! Kendrick Lamar opened his set after raking in 5 awards at the Grammys, saying, “I’m African-American, I’m African! …” The set-design for “Allright” consisted of a fireside setting in an african village! As if this blatant display of Afrocentricity wasn’t enough, Kdot completed his set with the African map on the backdrop, Compton at the center, unapologetically representing both his African and American heritage.

Lupita Nyong’o has graced the cover of Vogue and other leading magazines in the US and around the world so many times lately, I’ve lost count. John Boyega, the son of a Nigerian immigrant by way of England played a leading role in Star Wars! Yes, you heard that right.

Meanwhile, Beyonce has not only openly engaged African choreographers in her recent videos, she also used a speech by Chimamanda Adichie on her track “Flawless,” literally lifting the quote without an attempt at disguising, adjusting or changing Chimamanda’s voice or accent!

Idris Elba, a first-generation Brit of Ghanaian and Sierra-Leonian heritage is a darling of film goers everywhere, and recently called on his government to address issues like Ebola and the lack of diversity in the UK film industry. It’s only a matter of time before he plays Bond. Meanwhile, FELA! a story on the life of Nigerian activist and Afrobeat legend enjoyed a lengthy spell on Broadway.

Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie and Hip-Life producer ODG took the Azontophenomenon global. Davido, another Nigerian sensation just graced the cover of FADER’s global magazine! Danai Gurrira, a first generation American born to Zimbabwean parents has the first “all Black, all women” production, Eclipsed, on Broadway, telling the story of 5 women from the Liberian civil war era. The list goes on and on …

But this open embrace of African culture hasn’t magically arisen in the last couple of months. It’s a momentum that has been building for a minute. How did we get here? How did we arrive at this point of unapologetic Africanness? We finally appear to have traveled a great distance from the era when all you saw about Africans in the media were images of malnourished kids with protruding bellies, buzzing house flies roaming their dirty faces. Trevor Noah does a great take on this particular misrepresentation of Africans in one of his most popular jokes, The UNICEF Fly.

While there is still a lot of work to be done to encourage opportunities like dual citizenship and practical land-ownership laws for returnees, more Africans in the diaspora are finally embracing the idea of being identified as Africans, visiting the continent more and even moving back to settle. Why?

I see vividly the length we have come from stale stereotypes to this new renaissance. As a young, eager Ghanaian student at Columbia University, I used to be confused when I would invite other Africans to African student meetings, only to hear, “My mum and dad are from, but I am American…” I would chuckle and encourage them to go ahead and enjoy their game of fencing or beer pong or whatever western activity they found more desirable than a good hang with other African students offering free Jollof Rice and fried ripe plantains.

At the time (and this wasn’t that long ago), there simply weren’t enough reasons for anyone to express a sense of pride in an African identity, considering how Africa used to be portrayed in the media. And while much of that negative portrayal hasn’t changed, several social movements have risen to showcase sides of Africa previously unknown — or perhaps known by some, but less dramatic and less profitable for news cycles. Enhancing and portraying a positive worldview of African fashion, food, and culture on social media has penetrated the psyche of a whole generation of “gottabes.” (Wannabes wanna be, Gottabes gotta be).

During these brief posts titled, “Two troubles one God,” I will be examining critical aspects of the ongoing conversation between Africans, Africans in the diaspora, including African-Americans, Caribbeans, and white people who identify around a shared African identity. “Two troubles,” because of the constant push and pull between an African identity and other identities one might have inherited, in addition to being African, “one God,” referring to a supreme mother Africa, the common thread running through these discourses.

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But before it was cool to be African, Kofi Annan’s role as Secretary-General of the UN was crucial for young Africans in and outside the continent, who had been deprived of positive global leaders they could emulate. His appointment helped young Africans around the globe to embrace their African identity and show up. I remember applying to colleges thinking, “The next generation of leaders are all applying to college now.” It was the leadership of people like Kofi Annan that gave me the courage to apply to come halfway across the world to study at an elite university, though I did not come from an elite family.

Bono could claim the “One campaign” changed the world’s view of my continent. Jeffrey Sachs could claim it was the launch of the UN’s Millennium Development goals that brought African countries urgently to the forefront of development-focused initiatives.

Mahmood Mahmdani could argue that his fight against propaganda around Darfur encouraged Africans to speak out, and even claim the narrative of their nation states. Others would argue, however, that most folks weren’t privy to the eloquent debates taking place in lofty chambers under Ivy league towers and that it was artists like Fela Kuti, Miriam Makeba, and co. that did the job!

I hear Grammy award winners, Angelique Kidjo and Youssou Ndour showcasing their work, chipping off ignorance and hate, and enforcing a sense of pride about the continent one song, award, and gig at a time, in the US and around the globe. Akon would claim, half a decade of hits, an unapologetic depth of melanin, and an African consciousness, not necessarily in sound but by representation, did the job.

K’naan will point at the dates from the release of “Soobax” to the performance of “Waving Flag” at the 2010 World Cup to reminding us of how his events became a “coming out” of sorts for young East Africans and Africans in the West. He might say his audience used his growth and rise to fame as a launchpad to freely embrace and showcase their identities.

Arise Magazine might want to have a say as one of the premier media outlets that brought positive images of growing middle-class economies on the continent into the limelight.

A whole generation of African models in the last decade or two, such as Alek Wek, Liya Kebede, Nykhor Paul, Maria Borges, could say they have broken ground. Somali twins, Ayaan and Idil of the Maatano brand, as well as Ghanaian born, Mimi Plange have made huge strides in the fashion industry.

Two American Presidents certainly might point to their much more profound contribution. Bill Clinton would state that, as the first sitting president of the US to visit Africa during his presidency, he brought a huge wave of exposure, enthusiasm, investors, pride, confidence and opportunity to the continent. While he might have missed steps in his African agenda, he did more to ensure that its voice was taken seriously around the world than any prior US president.

President Obama might insist that he brought a lot more to the table as an African-American US president with undeniable Kenyan roots which, in his proud expression of them, resonated everywhere, ringing the bell of hope and possibility louder and clearer than any policy position could have.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Purple Hibiscus and Americanah, could stress that, as recent as the release of her work might have been, her books did a lot to encourage the “coming out” of young women of color who finally felt they had found both a feminist and African voice that echoed their sentiments, encouraged their afrocentricity, and expounded on their thoughts and reflections in a way very few writers have done before. She would argue that she encouraged them to be bold, defiant feminists who could weave a sense of an African identity that can be embraced by both the African-American and the African at home.

Taiye Selasie, author of Ghana Must Go would say, “O, go back to ’05, I explained in my essay Bye Bye Barbar:

One answer is: adolescence. The Africans that left Africa between 1960 and 1975 had children, and most overseas. Some of us were bred on African shores then shipped to the West for higher education; others born in much colder climates and sent home for cultural re-indoctrination. Either way, we spent the 80’s chasing after accolades, eating fufu at family parties, and listening to adults argue politics. By the turn of the century (the recent one), we were matching our parents in number of degrees, and/or achieving things our ‘people’ in the grand sense only dreamed of. This new demographic – dispersed across Brixton, Bethesda, Boston, Berlin – has come of age in the 21st century, redefining what it means to be African.

There is a whole generation of Afropolitans, Afrofuturists, Afropunks, Afrocentrists, Pan-Africanists, employing a list of descriptors which have served as unifiers in creating communities and social movements, that have accelerated exponentially with the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media.

No one can say exactly when this Afropolitan Renaissance was born. What we can agree on is that a critical mass of events have made it a lot easier and more practical for folks who want to identify with their African heritage to jump in. As they often say at the Black, Caribbean and African student gatherings these days: “The student meetings are lit, and the community is woke!”

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No matter how hard we try there’s always going to be that one ‘Bad Hair Day’. Lucky for us head scarfs are totally acceptable and leaves you looking chic without much effort.

Below are 5 ideas for you to try :

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Bold African prints, colorful head wraps, and exquisite accessories are seriously trending now more than ever before. “It’s a shoot that will let you reflect upon the perfect culture of Africa,” says Ryan Powell, the photographer who created this fashion photo shoot. Be it a vintage look you have in mind, or something extravagant and chic, these stunning pieces will become your key wardrobe pieces – so heavenly you will never want to take them off. Check out the images below for some fashion inspiration..

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Photo credits: Photography by Ryan Powell (Instagram: @Psychidelico ) | Styled by Saniyyah Bilal (Instagram: @curiostyling ) | Makeup by Denise Rice (Instagram: @IamDeniseRice ) | Modeled by Leeanne Burrell (Instagram: @belee_that )

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Gele tying is an art and a while ago Nigerian women have abandoned it all together. It is all because of and the complication of this process. So, our question is how to tie gele in an easy way? How many methods are there and how to pick the perfect gele? Let’s find some answers.

The history of wearing gele in Nigeria is a long one. Women from Yoruba tribe used to wear them for hundreds of years. They knew how to tie bridal gele or the one worn for special occasions. Here are ten steps you can follow to tie your gele in a simplest way.

  1.  Do your hair up
     tie geleEven before you start mastering how to tie sego or bridal gele, you need to fix your hair. If you have long hair, gather it up and do it up in a knot or a pony tail. What you need for a perfect gele is a smooth foundation. Once you do the hair up, brush it well, especially around the forehead. Sort of smooth it up.
     
  2. Put a cover on
    You may skip this part, if you have short or straight hair. Yet, if you have lots of hair or smooth hair, you may use an additional cover up. The same works well, if you are using transparent fabric gele.Here is a quick how to tie Nigerian gele tip for you.

    You may use a piece of your old pantyhose or leggings leg for this head cover. Just cut off the lower part of it and put it on your head. You may use hair slides to fasten it there. This way, you create a better foundation for your gele. It won’t slide off your head. If the gele is transparent, the head cover would create more even color underneath it. And, it keeps your curly hair down and tight on the head.
     

  3.   Make a fold
    A traditional way to do it is to fold gele at one edge. It all depends on the girth of the scarf. If it is very wide, you can fold it almost by half. Or you can just bend one edge (10+ centimeters). You fold gele all the way to the other end of it. Make a nice crisp bend there and sort of press it together with your fingers. This way it would be easier for you to tie the headband.
     
  4. The short and long of it
    How to tie gele: 10 steps guide Now you need to take it so, that the bend would be looking downward and unbent edge would go up. One of the ends should be short and the other one – long. It has to be able to wrap twice around your head.
     
  5. Adjust it to your head
    Now, place the bent edge over your forehead. The shorter end should go all the way down to your nape (plus 10+15 cm). Press it closely against your head and put both ends down to your nape. Make sure gele covers your forehead and both ends cover up your ears.
     
  6. Cross the ends
    How to tie gele guide and tipsAt this point your gele has to stay tight on your head. Use the longer end to fasten the shorter one, so you would free up the other hand. You sort of place the short end under the long end and make its tail sticking out on the other side. Then you pull the longer end and fasten the shorter one. This way you can have one hand free to help you do the folds.
     
  7. Wrap it once
    The first wrap goes all around your head. Watch the folds. This is when they need to be formed and shaped. Make sure that crisp bend is pressed nicely to your head. Make a small indent from the first layer of gele to shape more folds. Go all the way down to your nape.
     
  8.  Wrap it twice
     tie gele: guide and tipsGo for the second wrap, making more folds. These folds are the essential part of gele’s beauty. This time you may make small pleats with your hands on the edge of the crease. You fold it up in small movements and press it down to your head. Go all the way down to the nape again and wrap it up.
     
  9. Tie it
    Finally, you tie the two ends (they are of the same size by this time). You make a truelove knot, so it would not get untied and fall off you. The knot should be located on your nape or little bit on the side near one of your ears.
     
  10.  Adjust gele
    It’s time to adjust the gele at the topper part. You have that unfolded end sticking up. You need to round it up a bit and make few nice folds over your head. That’s it.

How to tie gele 1This is just the basic and simplest way of how to tie your gele. You can do it yourself with no help from someone else. It just takes a little practice. However, there are other more tricky ones. For instance, you may leave two long ends of the shawl and make one bend around the head with each of them. Or, you may create a zig zag pattern on your head.

In this case you would need two or even three scarfs of different colors. It looks really nice, if you make even and smooth zig zag. Another way to tie your gele is to make pleats. In this case you do not make the fold.

Instead you make pleats with your hands on one edge of gele and put the short end at your temple. You start rolling gele around your head and keep on making the pleats on its edge. You go round and round until you run out of the scarf. Then you tie a knot with two ends and adjust the other edge. This way you get many nice folds on your head. That’s a nice way how to tie your sego gele.

How do you pick your gele and what big names and brands are there?

The quality of fabric

How to tie gele guide and tips 1Mainly Nigerian women pick geles made out of metallic fabric. They are airy and stylish. Plus, they can come in a diversity of colors. Nigerians do love color. However, most of such fabrics are synthetic. There are many organic options available, too.

When picking textiles for gele, you should prefer the light ones. They look nicer on the head and do not create that heavy and clumsy look. One of the best choices is pure cotton fabric. It does not make you feel hot and sweaty, while wearing your gele. It absorbs the moisture well and actually protects you from heat. Plus, it is not as smooth, as silk or synthetic fabrics. So there are fewer odds of having your gele slipping off, when you do not want it to.

One of the top names in gele is Segun. The businessman behind this name is Hakeem Oluwasegun Olaleye. He resides in Huston and he is a Nigerian. At some of time he noticed that Nigerian women stopped wearing geles. They felt those were too hard to tie, so they switched to western outfits and headwear.

How to tie gele 3He felt like it was a pity and started to offer his assistance for tying geles. He also taught others how to tie gele. At first his fees were small (around 10 dollars per gele). However, the man mastered to make a name for himself. Presently he can charge up to $1000 to tie a single bridal gele.

This gele professional gets booked for wedding year in advance.
He does amazing job, too. He decorates headbands with a range of things, including even feathers. 

How can you decorate your gele?

o tie gele: 10 steps guide 2If you have a unicoloured gele, you can decorate it with embroidery. It can be done with threads of ribbons. Such hand stitched geles look very sophisticated. Or the upper edge of the scarf can be trimmed with lace. Another way to decorate your gele is to pin some flowers on it.

This works awesome for a bridal gele. Once you tie the headband, you can pick some handmade flowers and just pin them on the scarf. This creates very unique and festive look. You can were such décor to a number of festive occasions.

Gele color and decorations to wear with it?

10 steps guide and tips tie geleMostly gele and its color should fall in line with the entire outfit. It can be contrasting in color with the dress. However, it can match in color your accessories, such as jewelry, purse, shoes, or dress decorations and embroidery. Gele color can also match the print color of the dress.

Plus, it can be accompanied by bright and creative makeup. You can match the headtie color with your earrings and beads or bracelets. Or you can wear another scarf on your shoulder and waist made of the same fabric as your gele.

Now you know how to tie gele. You do not need to pay anyone to do it or wait for anyone to come and give you a hand. Any time you want you can create a fashionable and unique look with the headtie and maybe even devise your own way of folding or tying it.

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This collection features 4 hats made of Suede, Leather and mesh. Each hat carries a unique symbol which represents one of four of the major tribes in Nigeria. The Tribes represented in this collection are Benin, Hausa (Arewa), Igbo and Yoruba (Oodua).

The hats are made to the quality and standard that 24 has been known to deliver to, and are very trendy.

BENIN: The Pendant Mask of Queen Idia, the first Queen mother of Benin City. Famed for her numerous victories and prominent roles in fighting for the cause of her son Oba Esigie, She is a symbol of strength and strong-will. A principal character in the body of the note-worthy tribe of Benin and a key-player in the formation of what is presently known as the Benin Kingdom. A people rich in culture. Their existence dates as far back as the 11th century. 24 Celebrates Benin.

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AREWA: A popular term used as reference to the people of the northern region of Nigeria. Holding one of the four cardinal points of Nigeria, the Hausa tribe stands as an embodiment of culture and dynasties. A tribe of high values, morals and strong beliefs, the hausas have played a significant role in what present day Nigeria has evolved into.

Famous for their skill in cattle rearing and agriculture, they are known as an immensely wealthy tribe, in currency and in values. 24 Celebrates Arewa.

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IGBO: The Eagle’s Feather. Found adorning the caps of chiefs and prominent members of the Igbo Tribe, indigenes of the Eastern region of Nigeria. A symbol of strength, tenacity, vision and determination, the Eagle’s Feather represents all the Igbo people are.

A tribe famed for their industrious nature, they are highly entrepreneurial. They, like eagles, can spot opportunities from afar, and pounce with surgical precision.

With a history of battles, wars and strife in a bid to make their claim on their rights as Nigerians, the Igbos are known as fighters for what they believe in. A strong contributor in commerce in Nigeria, they have strong values and have been instrumental in forming the present day Giant of Africa that Nigeria is known as. 24 Celebrates Igbo.

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OODUA: The Ife Head. This is a symbol of Kingship. Legend has it that existence started from Ile-Ife, a prominent area in Yoruba land. After the discovery of this sculpture by British colonialists, the carving was sent to the British museum as a marvel of African art.

The Yoruba people of Nigeria have been at the forefront of civilisation and the movement of what Nigeria has become. Being the industrial and commercial hub of the nation, harbouring the main sea port, the Western and South-Western region of Nigeria is heralded as the heartbeat of the nation.

A hard working tribe of diverse skills and trades, the Yorubas are seen at every institution, holding prominent roles by merit.

The engine of change Nigeria is currently experiencing. The proactive steps taken by this tribe have been at the heart of building, fuelling and driving the Nation. A great heritage in history, channelling  the New Nigeria to come.

24 Celebrates Oodua.

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This collection was made in honour of Nigeria. Lets spread the rich culture of Nigeria to the rest of the world, and celebrate our existence.

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