Browsing over the stack of FADERs we've made this year, the Africa issue (F52) definitely stands out as one of our favorites—and it's not just because it happened to be a style issue either. Re-reading it this past week reminded us of all the amazing things that are going on across the continent and made us wonder why there isn't a magazine out of Africa full of that stuff at our local newsstand every month, especially when it comes to fashion (maybe we're a little biased). Pop'Africana is a new publication we came across that will hopefully fill that void.
Oroma Elewa, the editor of Pop'Africana likes to think of her magazine as a "visual guide" to a new Africa, and is pretty serious about featuring the work of African photographers in Africa, continuing a legacy of image-making started by the likes of Malik Sidibe and Seydou Keita. Looking at the introductory issue that's online, it's refreshing to see a style publication as intensely joyful and fun as this one. It's made by young Africans for young Africans, and is refreshing, especially in the wake of an all-black issue of Italian Vogue that did lots to showcase the talents of the models in front of the camera but little for those behind it.