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Stylee Fridays: Pop’Africana

November 07, 2008

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.

Posted: November 07, 2008
Stylee Fridays: Pop’Africana