For The African Elites
DIY spa treatments to revive your skin
First edition of the Windhoek Fashion Week kicks off
YAYA READS Ngugi wa Thiong’o snubbed of the Nobel Prize for Literature
HAIR TRENDS The coolest haircuts for the
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LIVING Welcome to Savoy the 5 star Seychelles island getaway
TRAVEL 6 unforgettable ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Africa
Soundjata The queen of "Mare Tet"
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FASHION RUNWAY First edition of the Windhoek Fashion Week kicks off FASHION RUNWAY Africa Fashion Week London makes a great comeback YAYA READS Ngugi wa Thiong’o snubbed of the Nobel Prize for Literature HAIR TRENDS The coolest haircuts for the New Year
BEAUTY LOVERS DIY spa treatments to revive your skin LIVING Welcome to Savoy, the 5 star Seychelles island getaway CULTURE 5 contemporary Artist you should know
ENTERTAINMENT Queen of Katwe: A global success PEOPLE What’s missing from celebrity activism in Africa?
FOODIE Fine African dining at Florence Restaurant in Kenya TRAVEL 6 unforgettable ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Africa
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WINDHOEK FASHION WEEK
Credits: Courtesy of Simon Deiner / SDR Photo
After years of dreaming from within fashion circles in Namibia, a fashion week is finally on the cards for the country and took place in Windhoek from 2 to 5 November. Thereafter, fashion week will be held every year around the same time. Fashion designers and models are encouraged to be part of this pioneering event. Windhoek Fashion week is set to provide a platform to local fashion designers to showcase collections to be shown to buyers, the press and the general public. “Windhoek Fashion Week is the brainchild of Luis Munana who is a co-founder of Voigush Media and an international model. He decided to have us partner with him from having had previous working relations, as his team has worked with us on the Street Store initiative,” Mavis Elias of Ehaveco Events told The Weekender. Ehaveco Events is the same company that facilitated the visit of David Tlale who launched his ‘The Intern’ programme in Namibia a few weeks ago. “With our different expertise – Voigush in the fashion industry and Ehaveco in the events management industry - we were able to formulate a team,” Elias said. Windhoek Fashion week aims to give the industry a voice and be a platform for fashion industry players to not only showcase their work but also interact and brainstorm with Namibian and international participants. Elias promised that Windhoek Fashion Week will be worthwhile for all those who attend, saying “we would like to ensure that we host a quality event that can further go on to become a yearly event. The fashion industry is filled with talented Namibians who simply need to be granted a platform to show that talent”. Windhoek Fashion Week did not only host fashion players but also those from the corporate world with the ultimate goal of facilitating growth in the industry.
For more information, please visit www.windhoekfashionweek.com Written by by Rukee Kaakunga
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AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON Created by Ronke Ademiluyi, Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) is Europe’s largest catwalk event of African and African-inspired design.
A collaborative catwalk and exhibition, highlighting the industry’s established and emerged African designers, AFWL is at the forefront of capturing the surge of the African inspired trends in the fashion industry. Our annual event aims to celebrate the work of African and African inspired designers in the UK and worldwide.
AFWL has hosted four catwalk events since inception in 2011 and contributed expertise to at least 10 more events produced by 3rd parties such as The Mayor of London’s Black History Month celebrations and the annual Africa Centre Summer Festival. African Fashion Today
As part of our Youth Development Initiative for the Fashion Business industry, we will be nominating apprentices within the fashion industry that will be Tourism Ambassadors who will be mentored by different Fashion designers from all over the world for a rare opportunity to be on AFWL 2016 next year based on excellent performance index.
African Fashion Today
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Credits: Courtesy of Simon Deiner / SDR Photo
To increase the visibility and awareness of our designers by providing them with an affordable global showcasing platform.
Ngugi wa Thiong’o snubbed of the Nobel Prize for Literature
News about American singer Bob Dylan winning the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature had #KOT (Kenyans on Twitter) practicing their debate skills on Thursday. Ngugi wa Thiong’o was the Kenyan nominee once again and a heavy favorite for this year’s prize.
he 78-year-old writer and literary icon, who has a long history of using the arts for social change that put him at odds with the government, was a worthy contender for the Nobel. He’s famous for penning his Gikuyu book, Caitani Mutharabaini (Devil on the Cross), on toilet paper while in prison in 1977. His critically-acclaimed novel Petals of Blood pointed out the realities of postcolonial Kenya to the chagrin of the authorities. The Moi regime made it difficult for Thiong’o to teach at local universities as punishment for using his voice, and banned his book, forcing Thiong’o to go into exile for decades. Thiong’o advocated for human and democratic rights in Kenya by working with the London-based Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in Kenya between 1982 and 1998. The River Between author may have had the reputation of being a provocative playwright and author according to authorities back at home, but his influence as a literary figure and activist makes him an iconic figure in the region. Needless to say, not everyone was thrilled about the Nobel announcement. Written by Josephine Opar
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Coolest Haircuts for the new year There’s something about entering a new year that makes us want to ring up our hairstylist and demand an appointment. After the confetti falls, the ball drops, and every last bit of Champagne has been downed, one major question always seems to appear in our heads: “What haircut will help me take on the new year like the badass I am?” Well, that’s how it is for us, anyway. But we know there are plenty of folks out there who feel the same way. (Are you there, God? It’s me, R29.) And if you are one of those people, we have a gift for you: We tapped three top hairstylists — Larry Sims, Adir Abergel, and Wes Sharpton — and asked them to tell us what styles they think are going to be capital-M major this year. We’ve got to say, we were surprised. While last year was classified by lazy-girl texture, this year is on a whole other level. And we’re totally stoked. The Right-For-Your-Texture Cut One of the main complaints heard when someone talks about air-drying hair is this: “My hair texture doesn’t look good when air-dried.” That, friends, is a fallacy. Everyone’stexture has the potential to look stellar in its natural state. You just need the right cut. The Gatsby-Inspired Bob Short hair is poised to have a major moment, according to all three stylists. Abergel points to this cheekbone-length crop as one of the new “It Girl” cuts. “It can be worn on so many textures,” he explains. “It’s reminiscent of the classic ‘20s woman — like Coco Chanel and Louise Brooks.” But that doesn’t mean you’ll look totally throwback if you decide to go this route. “It can still be worn to look really modern with a natural, wavy texture — like model Heather Kemesky,” he explains. In fact, we prefer this look when it’s worn with a devil-may-care tousle. Geometric Shapes Sims, who styled Lupita Nyong’o’s hair for this Rhapsody cover, is a big proponent of bold shapes and eccentric lines. “It’s really cut, super-clean, and blunt all around,” he explains. “It kind of has a kind of triangular shape to it.” Written by Maria Del Russo
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DIY Spa treatments to revive skin
Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau’s Director of Spa operations, Josie Feria, came up with a few DIY spa treatments to rescue and revive your skin, and hopefully calm your mind. Take some time to nourish your body and senses. circular motions. Using a loofah pad or other textured body sponge or brush will increase the effects of the exfoliation. Beware of being too energetic as you may scratch the skin. Skin will be rosy and feel energized. Thoroughly rinse skin and apply body lotion.
RESCUE ME SCRUB Benefits: Exfoliation of dry surface skin and increased hydration Ingredients: RESCUE SOAK ½ cup mineral salts 2 tbsp of any carrier oil such as avocado, jojoba, Benefits: Relaxation, detoxification and mineralization grapeseed or kukui of body 5 drops lemongrass oil Ingredients: Directions: 4 oz mineral salts In bowl using a metal spoon blend mineral salt with 1 cup baking soda carrier oil – thoroughly mix until it becomes a paste. Gradually add in lemongrass oil, blending after each Directions: drop. Add mineral salts to bath as warm water is running. If scrub is too thick add a few drops of water and Caution should be taken with hot water as may cause remix. lightheadedness. Moisten the body in a warm bath or shower and apply Add baking soda. scrub to body by hand or using a moist loofah pad in Using a bristle brush, loofah or sisal mitt, dry brush the body in upward strokes – this will exfoliate the skin, make the treatment more effective and increase blood circulation at the skin’s surface, which is key to skin regeneration. Lower lights and burn a candle at the edge of the tub. Have a glass of cool mineral water and lemon slices nearby to refresh and rehydrate your body. Play soothing, calming music. Soak at least 15 minutes adding warm water as needed page 42 | issue #03
Queen of Katwe: A global success
ith Queen Of Katwe, Mira Nair has come full circle, returning to the shanty-slum world of her 1988 feature debut Salaam Bombay! But here the slum is east African, not Indian, the district of Katwe, an overpopulated sinkhole of poverty and decay within sight of the glittering skyscrapers of Kampala, Uganda; another outpost, or eruption, of the global favela we’ve seen in movies from Blood Diamond to City Of God and Slumdog Millionaire. This being a Mira Nair movie, however, we find ourselves in an Africa very different from the one seen in Beasts Of No Nation or The Constant Gardener. Here, there are no child armies or genocidal pharmacy conglomerates, just poverty and struggle. Phiona and her brothers sell corn on the streets of Kampala, barely getting by. Once relatively comfortable, the death of their father has put all the weight on their mother Nakku (Lupita Nyong’o), who keeps the kids on a tight leash but fails to stop Phiona’s elder sister from drifting into prostitution. Phiona’s one refuge is a kids’ chess club run by Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) who soon intuits she can see eight moves ahead and is a grandmaster in embryo. Nair and screenwriter William Wheeler deftly outline the social and financial obstacles she must overcome. The posh wannabeEnglish public school that runs the regional chess league doesn’t want these ghetto kids coming around, even less so after they suffer a righteous chessboard thrashing at the same ghetto kids’ hands. Little by little, through Robert’s labours, sly con-tricks and minor deceits, they pass up the rungs of chess success: African finals in Sudan (a first plane ride for the kids), grandmaster faceoffs in Russia (their first sight of snow). Here and there, some fairly Disney-ish life lessons are doled out straight from the chess manual: “In chess, the small one may beat the big one,”; “Never tip your king too soon.” The movie is filled with much the same kind of uplift that one finds in its Disney sibling-movie, 2014’s Million Dollar Arm, about cricketing Indian kids recruited as major-league pitchers. Thus far, then, a fairly conventional sports movie with an exotic setting, besieged characters and high stakes. What lifts it up is a winningly effervescent cast and the ensemble of kids – mostly amateur street children playing people like themselves – all anchored and held in check by two very adept professional performers. At the heart of it is a full-fledged, richly detailed performance from Lupita Nyong’o as a kind of universal Mother Courage of the shanties. If there’s any justice, this will remind people what a fine actor she is, and we’ll see a lot more of her.
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What’s missing from celebrity activism in Africa? The people
Celebrity activism and support for African humanitarian causes – such as the Enough Project, Akon’s Lighting Africa and Kony 2012 – has become mainstream. But what are the consequences, and is this something we necessarily want to promote? Celebrity activism is nothing new. At the turn of the 20th century, prominent British journalist, author and politician Edmund Dene Morel, and Anglo-Irish diplomat and human rights activist Roger Casement successfully challenged King Leopold’s violent and autocratic rule of the Congo Free State. They did so with the help of notable friends: Arthur Conan Doyle, William Cadbury and Joseph Conrad. In the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst consumed herself with lobbying in favour of a fascist-free, and later independent, Ethiopia. A few decades later Bob Geldof and Band Aid raised US$ 150 million for the victims of famine in Ethiopia. Although some of the most famous campaigns sought to provide a palliative solution to one-off disasters such as famine or Ebola, most modern-day celebrities are not content with fundraising or short-lived remedial goals. They have chosen to champion socioeconomic causes that have more expansive and lasting pretensions. The latest generation of American celebrity activists has most commonly knocked at the doors of Congress, demanding changes in US policy towards their cause célèbre. Celebrity activism has grown more powerful in the past decades. The spread of internet and communications technologies has broken down the oligopoly on news, opening many new stages for celebrities and their causes. Just causes versus personal brands Should we question the motives of these celebrities, who hire expensive PR experts to “sell” their convictions? As Daniel Drezner writes, engaging in causes clearly benefits these individuals too. It provides them with access to new outlets such as political talkshows or international forums and helps polish their personal brands. Causes are to celebrities what corporate social responsibility is to business. Every established name has to have, at least, one. Mother Jones recently ironically published a map of the African countries celebrities have “claimed”. Celebrities undoubtedly help make causes known to a larger audience. They are often effective in obtaining pledges from governments, policymakers and businesses. The problem is that they are often much less effective in transforming these commitments into appropriate and effective policies. Darrel West writes that the fascination for celebrities raises the risk that “there will be more superficiality and less substance in our political process”. As West points out, it: … drains attention from experts with detailed knowledge, and risks the skewing of civil discourse toward solutions which may not represent effective long-term remedies for complex policy problems.
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unforgettable ways to spend New Year’s eve in Africa
The trend for traveling to another country to ring in the New Year is growing. While Iceland and Chile may be making headlines as the darlings of the holiday season – we know that ain’t no party like an African party on New Year’s Eve. Here are our six top places to spend the last night of the year suggested by influencers across the continent.
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TRAVEL 1. Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt Sure you could do TIU in Cairo and have a good time, but there’s nothing like Sharm’s beautiful beaches to cure that New Year’s Day hangover. Finally getting some shine as an emerging destination, the coastal town has a nightlife scene that rivals it’s larger and less picturesque Egyptian cities. Best bet for the big night: Pacha (featured at top), the Egyptian outpost of the Ibiza megaclub. This open air club will be pumping a mix of house music, hip hop, and RNB and will def feature some celebrities and international DJ’s. If you’re really trying to turn up – enter the “wet zone” a foam party/pool area inside of the club. An equally dope alternative is the Pataya Beach Club right on the red sea. You can literally chillax your way into one of the most unique New Year’s Eve experiences in the world spending the day beach bumming and stepping right into the party. Sharm has tons of lush resorts, our favorite being the Four Seasons with it’s villa setup and killer views. If you’re looking for something luxuriously local, this AirBnB listing with an outdoor Jacuzzi is great for groups and worth every cent (or Egyptian pound.)
2. Lagos, Nigeria For those that want to go ALLLLL the way in on New Year’s Eve, Lagos is your destination. This isn’t for the faint at heart, or lightly pocketed. Lagosians in the nightlife scene are already big spenders, but come NYE you’ll see more G-Wagon’s in front of the city’s biggest clubs than you do at your local Benz dealership. Depending on your crowd there are a number of clubs to choose from all located on Victoria Island of course. Quilox will usually host a Moet bottle filled extravaganza with top Nigerian hip-hop artists. Spice Route and Sip will usually be packed with Oxford and Harvard degree clad returnees who’ve come home to visit family and turn up for the holidays and Prive with it’s gorgeous rooftop and boutique hotel feel will be home to those who are way to pretty to sweat. If you’re really feeling fancy, we suggest working your way onto a yacht party on the Lagos lagoon or chartering one of your own from a member of the Lagos Motor Boat Club. Your best bet is to stay right on the island so that you can be close to the action (and take advantage of Uber as you’ll be way to gone to drive). Our fave pick is the Radisson Blu Anchorage hotel where the 30 year old architect who designed the place made sure that an infiniti pool with requisite bar overlooking the lagoon would keep guests coming back. page 53 | issue #03
TRAVEL 3. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe There is no reason why your bucket list should wait on New Year’s Eve. The Vic Falls Carnival sponsored by Jameson and DSTV is a three day New Year’s Extravaganza (their words). Let’s not let the word “carnival” confused here, there will be no jewels, feathers, or partygoers shouting “trini to di bone!” here but there will be plenty of music, drinks, and fun to be had against the stunning backdrop of one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. The festival does well to offer a mix of acts and musical styles from around the continent and even features a cool venue called the steam train with a featured DJ. Our favorite thing about NYE in Vic Falls? The excursions packaged with the festival itself. From the Devil’s Pool to white water rafting to you guessed it, a safari the organizers have done well to make sure this is truly an adventurer’s turn up. The festival has a partnership with the Victoria Falls Hotel, a charming gem on the Zimbabwe side of the falls making it easy to pop in and out of the activities
4. Capetown, South Africa Capetown is finally getting it’s due as one of the top places in the world to party and there is no wondering why. Beautiful people, stunning backdrops, and a diverse nightlife scene means there is something for everyone in South Africa’s most talked about destination. There are so many options to ring in the new year here, we’ll start with the most “calm”. Grab your blanket and your bubbly and head to the top of Table Mountain. Get there early to snag your spot under the stars and get the best view of the fireworks at the V & A waterfront. Kicking it up a notch is the New Year’s Eve Concert at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. An annual event this is another chance to whip out your blankets and bubbly to some contemporary classics in a majestic setting. Now onto the reasons Capetown is catching up to Ibiza on the party scene. Rezonance is probably the biggest party in town and showcases both international and local acts on the dance scene. Anything from trance, to dubstep, to deep house can be heard from the speakers at this huge party hosted at Contermanskloof Farm. Protea Hotel will be hosting Fire & Ice! Cape Town’s NYE Tropical Island Beachthemed street party. New Church Street in transforms into a breezy paradise-meets-bumpin’ club. Local DJ’s play host to merrymakers. In a nutshell, this trendy inner-city accommodation offers merrymakers a unique and cosmopolitan spot to bid farewell to 2014 as well as an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the city’s elite. Our pick on a place to stay – the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa.
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TRAVEL 5. Maputo, Mozambique Somewhat of a sleeper pick on the list. Mozambique’s Indian ocean vibe adds to the allure of this burgeoning Metropolis. For NYE the Fere de Populare neighborhood might as well be your HQ although we suggest starting your experience slowly with a trip out to Inhaca island the day before. This virtually untouched oasis offers some of the most pristine beaches and diverse wildlife of any place in the world. Once you come back to the mainland you can work your way into the night. New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated times of the year in Mozambique with sparkling lights, decorated buildings, street parties, and fireworks at midnight. However, the number one, hands down reason to be in Maputo for NYE is Coconuts a multi-level nightclub with an outdoor lounge, this place packs in more than a thousand party goers on any given night. International acts frequent the place as do beautiful Mozambicans and visitors alike. The Radisson Blu is right in the thick of everything and is a perfect place to lay your head for the little bit of sleep you manage to get.
6. Accra, Ghana Call us partial due to #DecemberinGhana but Accra sure knows how to party. It’s beautiful beaches and proliferation of afro-house and afro-pop music are fueling what The Guardian has called the “Ibiza of Africa”.Beach parties are definitely a good starting point for the night whether you head outside of Accra and jam in Kokrobite or you stay in town at Labadi you’ll find a tantalizing mix of reggae, afrohouse, and hip hop to keep you moving. The beach parties start early in the day and go on throughout the night. Our bet, hit a beach party early, head back to your hotel, pre-game, grab dinner at Burger & Relish or Coco Lounge, and then hit Twist Lounge to bring in the new year right. The club’s owner Eric has the whole British-Ghanaian-New York swag down perfect and is committed to everyone having a good time. The club is always packed with a who’s who of Accra, returnees, and a few expats and plenty of champagne bottles to be popped. Most don’t leave the place until 5am or later and even then the parking lot looks like something from MTV’s old hit “Pimp my Ride”. If the typical club scene isn’t your thing, be on the lookout for whatever our friend’s at Accra Premium put together. Their events are for the stylish, well-heeled crowd and are sure to offer an Instagram worthy experience alongside a business opportunity or two. Make life easy on yourself and stay at the La Villa Boutique Hotel in Osu to be close to the action.
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Published on Jan 29, 2017
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