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Friday Born’s Friday Flyness, 26th July

So every Friday, I post a picture of someone who’s bought a Friday Born Designs item and has sent in a pic of themselves looking fly in it!

This week’s fly babe is Irene, who wore her Friday Born Designs ‘Ashanti Pirate’ jumper on safari in South Africa.

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Summer flyness

So I’m still promoting the two Friday Born Designs collections I released earlier this year – Diploid and Shanty Town Moguls – but I wanted to release a couple of new things for the summer.

So I spent a week designing and making new stuff and got my friend to model for a mini photoshoot. It was a lot of fun! All the final images are up here on asos marketplace (where the flyness can be purchased!) but below are a few behind the scenes shots.

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Also thought I may as well post the behind the scenes videos for the Diploid and Shanty Town Moguls Collections 🙂

 


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So… where are you from?

Everyone has had that awkward moment. When you meet someone new and they ask you where you’re from, but you’re not sure if they mean which part of the country you’re from (which would be Hampshire in my case), which part of London you live in (which would be West) or which country you originate from (which would be Ghana).

So I went to ‘Africa Gathering’ a few weeks ago with a friend of mine, and during the tea break I got into a conversation with Caroline Kende-Robb, who’s the executive director of the Africa progress panel. So… the question came up – “where are you from?” and I gave my usual answer of, “my parents are from Ghana but I was born in Hampshire, and I live in London now.”

I’ve always hated saying “my parents are from Ghana” because even thought I wasn’t born there, I’m very Ghanaian! So the conversation continued and she mentioned that young Africans are so proud these days, I was like ‘yeah, yeah I’ve been saying this for months’ but then she said she’s noticed that second generation Africans are becoming an ethnicity in its own right.

She’s so right. Growing up, I’ve often felt like I don’t fit in properly anywhere. In the UK, I was the African kid, and whenever I visited Ghana, I was the British kid. My white friends were scared to eat the orange coloured rice my mum offered them whenever they came over because they knew it would make their mouths burn, and my Ghanaian friends spent 50% of our time together laughing at my inability to speak Twi well enough. There are some things that only second generation Africans understand, and answering ‘Hampshire, London or Ghana’ to that golden question is never adequate.

One thing I talk about a lot is how beautiful it is to be a part of this generation of young British born Africans are so proud to be African. Everyone remembers how West Indians were the cool black people ten or so years ago. We all wished our parents were blasting soca instead of Daddy Lumba, come on, you know it’s true.

If you’ve got any thoughts, drop me a comment 🙂

With love, Afua x


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Brick Lane

So a couple of friends and I took a trip to Brick Lane. Living in West London, I always get excited when I reach East London, everything seems so much more fly over that side of the woods!

Unfortunately I was having some issues with my lens so I didn’t take as many pics as I wanted to, and the ones I took aren’t as crisp as I would’ve liked… but here are some pics of the cool street art we saw!

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