Africa

Africa Fashion Ga Ga

Ga Ga: Designer Adama Kargbo Makes Fashion, Not War

Escaping the confines of civil war, Sierra Leone native Adama Kargbo, 24, has spun the wounds from her country and the skills she sharpened at the prestigious Parsons the New School for Design into a couture line.

Called Aschobi, Kargbo’s high-end line is based in Freetown, the capitol of her war-shattered West African country, according to GOOD Magazine, which says her “clothes give traditional African style an urban twist.”

On her line’s Facebook page, Kargbo describes her mission as seeking to “Africanize the fashion industry, removing the African from exotic to everyday while at the same time continuing the legacy of African Couture as was begun in Dakar and Bamako in the 1950s.”

PHOTO: Henry Jacobson

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Africa Europe Prince Harry

Our Favorite Royal Prince Harry Makes Mum Proud With Work in Lesotho

Princess Diana’s flamed-haired son, Prince Harry, may be the third in line to the British throne, but he has always been the first monarch to make our hearts go pitter-patter.

Speaking at the Thuso Center in the impoverished African kingdom of Lesotho, the 23-year-old prince says his mother would be proud of the work he and his regiment, the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals, are doing to revamp a special needs school for children in Lesotho.

“It would be wrong for a patron of a charity to not get involve,” he said of the projects he’s working on through the charity, Sentebale, which he established in his mother’s memory with Prince Sessio of Lesotho.

PHOTO: Press Association

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Africa Food

Outarra And Samuelsson Bring the Spice


Ivory Coast native Morou Outtara and Ethiopian-born Marcuss Samuelsson are the latest culinary artists infusing the American palate with bold flavors from Africa.

Outtara peppers the food at his Virginia restaurant, Farrah Olivia, with flavors from his West African homeland and thinks America is ready for the new tastes.

“For six, seven years now people are playing with the idea of African food, and people are now starting to accept it,” Outtara said in an interview with Philly.com.

“It’s been gradually happening,” said Samuelsson, who opened the New York pan-African restaurant Merkato 55. “You are now seeing those [North African and Arab spices] like harissa, za’atar and dukka showing up on menus.”

And to help the spices make their way into the American kitchen, Samuelsson launched Afrikya, a line of African spices. The North African and Middle Eastern spice combination of poppy seeds and rose was even named one of the Top 10 flavor pairings for 2008 by McCormick & Co.

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Africa Race Matters

Chinese Is The New Black

A court ruled that Chinese South Africans are black, according to the AFP.

Challenged by the Chinese Association of South Africa (CASA), Chinese South Africans (who are less than 10,000 of the country’s 47 million population) can now benefit—with people of black, Indian and mixed-race ancestry—from laws aimed at correcting injustice stemmed from the former apartheid regime.

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