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31 Insanely Beautiful Swimsuits by African Designers

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Summer is here and it’s time to cool off by the pool side or make that fun trip to the beach. Before you start rummaging through your drawers to check out your swimsuit stash, only to realize the inevitable, let’s save you the trouble and tell you that yes, it’s time to add a dose of extraordinary into your beach collection. But don’t worry, we have done all the hard work for you by finding some insanely beautiful options by African Designers to dazzle on the beach. So which one do you think is the best.

Andrea Iyamah


Designed By: Dumebi Iyamah (Nigeria)

Simple and chic. It's easy to go from sea to land by just throwing on a pair of shorts. The visual appeal is unmistakable and will make a statement on the beach.

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Andrea Iyamah


Designed By: Dumebi Iyamah (Nigeria)

Collected and tranquil. Doesn't ruffle much feathers with your appearance. Quite stingy with revealing body parts but generously brings your beauty to the fore.

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Adama Paris


Designed By: Adama Ndiaye (Senegal)

Lovely swimsuit to unleash yourself outdoors. Kempt yet raucous, innocent way to get your looks screaming out. The upper clad is well done.  You can be sure to get a couple of heads turning- even  holy heads.

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigerian)

Graceful in the encompassing sense of the word. Courteous and classic. The simple design doesn't dampen the girly flames in you at all.

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigerian)

The design perfectly nails it. Classy with elegant carriage, this swimsuit is a sumptuous mix of boldness and modesty. The unique belly design would definitely get many masculine bellies swarming with butterflies.

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigeria)

Lovely and lovely! The design is perfect leaves nothing to  be wanted. Body clad swim apparel which not only covers your upper trunk but also covers you with royalty. Audacious as well!

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigerian)

This mini teeshirt look has bold aquatic themes that spell confidence. The geometric appliqué hits just right on the frame.

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigerian)

Royal and unruffled. Yet causes a portable storm with the elegance of the design. The roped upper part would rope the eyes to you in veneration as you savor summer outdoor.

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigerian)

This outfit reeks beauty and swagger! This distinctively separates you from the from the crowd of swimsuits .It successfully brings out that dazzling edge of yours in a serene way. 

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigerian)

Conservative One-piece swimsuits don't have to be matronly or boring. This design makes up for its simplicity with a vibrant eye catchy print that is impossible to ignore.

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigerian)

Splendidly done in womanly perfection! This swimsuit gets you splashing your aura all around. The top has its cultural glow which slides in perfectly with the straps bottom.

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigerian)

Beauty unkempt! Captivating design that keeps you in the spotlight. The modesty of long sleeves design vanishes in the rasping strap style of the belly. Couldn’t get any better.

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Bfyne


Designed By: Buky Ade (Nigerian)

Bold and defying, this swimsuit redefines your aquatic experience. There is a cultural feel to this design that makes it unique. High rise swim pants makes the urbane side of this swimsuit more glaring.

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Gallant Belle


Designed By: Harriet Schroeder (Ghana)

Modest yet stunning! This swimsuit is one courteous way to perfume the beach with your feminine aura. The neck and waist straps brings an untraditional sexiness to it that polishes the woman in you!

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Gallant Belle


Designed By: Harriet Schroeder (Ghana)

Modest yet stunning! This swimsuit is one courteous way to perfume the beach with your feminine aura. The neck and waist straps brings an untraditional sexiness to it that polishes the woman in you!

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Aude Swim


Designed By: Aude Harris (Liberia)

Easy and effortless swim gear to take outdoors and keep the groove rolling. While it is not extremely ravishing, it is however flourishing in basic beauty. The design at the edges brings more life to it.

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Aude Swim


Designed By: Aude Harris (Liberia)

Fearless and valiant! Womanly cockiness and wholly captivating. A lovely combination of ropes and scantiness. On this swimsuit, you are taking no prisoners, makes the summer warmer with your allure!

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Aude Swim


Designed By: Aude Harris (Liberia)

Enticing and eye catching, nice coloring also. The gaping chest cut is another enchantment especially when you want to flaunt some well carved cleavage.

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Aude Swim


Designed By: Aude Harris (Liberia)

Warm and lively swimsuit for the corresponding swimming occasion. The neck design typifies its splendor inverting down into a steamy outfit.

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Aude Swim


Designed By: Aude Harris (Liberia)

Royal and tranquil. This swimsuit preserves your womanly ambience neatly. The chest cut rhymes beautifully with the sleeves. All the same attractive!

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Aude Swim


Designed By: Aude Harris (Liberia)

Bring your inner wonder woman to the poolside or beach with this two piece that beautifully marries strength with beauty.

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Ayanah Fashion


Designed By: 3 Parisian Sisters (Ivory Coast)

Reveling in concealment. This swimsuit keeps the goods indoors. Not too revealing nonetheless very attractive. Very polite swimsuit to savor the frolicking summer atmosphere outdoors. Hides the girl in you behind the lady!

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Ayanah Fashion


Designed By: 3 Parisian Sisters (Ivory Coast)

Reserved and cool yet hot! The design of this swimsuit is endearing. In as much as it doesn't put much of your body out on the market for display, it still rightly displays your feminine aura!

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Dax Martin


Designed By: Dax Martin (South Africa)

Very distinct swimsuit mixing dazzle and grace. The side slashes in the swimsuit brings out your raucous side sure to get your audience sweaty in adulation.

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Dax Martin


Designed By: Dax Martin (South Africa)

Blunt and direct. This skimpy swimsuit allows you to take in a satisfying mouthful of the summer atmosphere. No special designs but still special.

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Aya Morrison


Designed By: Aya Morrison (Ghana)

Adorable swimsuit peculiar in its glow and style. The belly cut in the swimsuit flavors your looks up adding glamor and defiance in balanced quantity.

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Bantu Wax


Designed By: Yodit Eklund (Senegal)

Swim in tranquility and matured quietness. Covers you adequately from the summer and the stares. Not extravagant necessarily but it doesn’t make you a nun either!

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Ofuure Swim


Designed By: Tehilah Abakasanga

Toronto based Tehilah Abakasanga's designs are simple and racy. Not too elaborate neither naive, just the perfect mix of boldness and splendor. The bikini bottom harmoniously marries the top making it a darling swimsuit.

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Ofuure Swim


Designed By: Tehilah Abakasanga

Out with the boring and in with an African touch to print design for swimsuits. This brightly colored one piece says 'watch out', an African beauty has made an entrance.

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Ashanti Swimwear


Designed By: Yasmeen and Dexter Opare (Ghana)

Whether the sleeves are ruffled and off-the-shoulder, or full-shoulder caps, get ready to feel a little more dressed up in your swim gear. It definitely makes throwing together an après-swim look that much easier considering we'll never need to switch out our swim tops.

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Ashanti Swimwear


Designed By: Yasmeen and Dexter Opare (Ghana)

Adorable and bold. Deep cut of the swimsuit makes sure the flavor of the outfit is well preserved. Sure way to free yourself to all get as much skin out nicely.

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Sheelah Garbrah Gives The Kente Cloth A Stunning Makeover With Her Ohemaa Collection

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Sheelah Garbrah

Sheelah Garbrah is a Ghanaian fashion designer currently based in Ghana. Her fashion label, “Shebybena” is widely worn by celebrities within and outside the country. She has sewn for popular actresses like Yvonne Nelson and Joselyn Dumas.

Garbrah’s passion for cloth making began at a tender age. Confirming this in an interview, the 31-year old designer said,

“My passion for fashion started when I was in secondary school. I found myself always sketching clothes and designing. I loved to design my own clothes for seamstresses when my mum took us to have dresses made.”

Appearances at major fashion shows

Fashion events give designers the opportunity to showcase their collection to a wider audience. It is always the dream of a designer to be invited to major fashion events. Garbrah has featured in many fashion events within and outside Ghana. Her first fashion show appearance was on Glitz Africa Fashion Week in 2014. She was also part of the Durban Fashion Fair. Narrating her experience she said,

“The Durban Fashion Fair was extremely exciting because that was my first time taking part in a fashion show outside Ghana.”

The Kente-inspired Ohemaa collection

Her “Skittles” collection received numerous positive feedbacks. However, Garbrah has been spinning heads on social media since the release of her “Ohemaa” collection. The collection is a combination of spectacular designs carved from different Kente cloth designs. The Kente dress is a brightly colored silk and cotton fabric made up of various strips sewn together. The word Kente comes from’ kenten’ which means ‘basket’ in Akan dialect. The patterns on a Kente are symbolic. Of great interest is how Garbrah integrates these meanings into the Ohemaa collection.

The Ohemaa collection creatively combines kente with other fabrics to give a seamless finish. There are four different designs currently making rounds in the Ohemaa collection. Each of the designs is paired with a statement fascinator. The fascinator hat is made by Traditions Couture Millinery.

#1 – The Kyemfere Dress

Kyemfere loosely translates to ‘Potsherd’. This pattern is a symbol of experience, knowledge, service, time, antiquity, rarity, and heirloom. The pattern is also backed by the proverb,

'The potsherd claims it has been around from time immemorial; what about the potter who molded it?' - African Proverb Click To Tweet

Sleeveless gowns are not particularly new but having a Kente touch makes the difference. Garbrah brilliantly combines the yellow and blue kyemfere pattern kente dress with Ankara. The kente dress forms the blouse and fuses with the yellow Ankara skirt.

The skirt flares down ending with fluffy blue embedding. The creative finish at the base of the gown is one of the reasons many argue Garbrah designed it with princesses in mind. At the waistline, there are two folds of kente dress sewn into blue silk to give the impression that the kente dress is rolling out of the silk.

As a topping, the dress is paired with a hat accessory from Traditions Couture Millinery. The blue flower and yellow feather fixed to a headband complete the outfit. In addition to the royal color, the veil draws attention like a bride-to-be.

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

#2 – The Sika Futoro Dress

The Sika Futoro literarily means gold dust. The gold dust was a medium of exchange among the Akan people before the coming of paper currency. This pattern replicates the gold dust. The cloth symbolizes royalty, wealth, spirituality, elegance, honorable achievement, and purity.

There are so many features of this gown that cannot be missed on a first glance beside the combination of orange and purple. The right shoulder has a strap while the left hangs loose. Rather than have a strap, a fold from the right extends diagonally to form a covering for part of the right hand.

The rest of the gown flows freely downward only interrupted by a front slit that extends to the thigh. The purple, silk flower on the right side of the waist is not just an attachment like you would see with some designers. The silk from the flower runs around the waist and forms part of the gown on the back.

Complementing the dress is a colorful fascinator. The headgear consists of an orange zucchetto with a blossoming purple rose at the top with making a bold fashion statement.

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

#3 – The Nanka Tire Dress

This pattern is translated as the Puff Adder’s head. It symbolizes being over-burdened with work or exploitation. The accompanying proverb is “I cannot even carry the python, yet you are asking me to use the puff adder’s head as the carrying pad”. Garbrah’s design will leave you looking like a bird rather than being exploited.

This is another perfect fusion of Ankara with kente. The sleeves are designed to look like the wings of a bird. An oval cut on the outside reveals the wearer’s shoulder. The slit running from the neck to below the breast is lined on both sides by red flowers while translucent silk covers the gap.

Two variations of the same patterned kente dress form the base of the gown. The first variation runs from the waist to below the calf while the second flare up to the toes. The deeper red color of the pattern of the flare complements red flowers on the chest.

The accompanying fascinator blends with the entire outfit in color and design. Flowers similar to the one used to adorn the chest sit on an orange headband which can be secured firmly to the head. The entire apparel is not only appealing but also teasing.

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

#4 – The Eban Dress

Garbrah carved this design from non-regular kente dress. However, it bears the characteristic eban adinkra symbol. Eban is a ‘fence’ which fence symbolically separates and secures the family from the outside. Eban is a symbol of love, safety, and security. Apart from the fabric, the design is enticing and would make you feel loved.

From the top, you will first notice how the left shoulder is allowed to hang loosely. The right-hand rests on the shoulder and has a curvature in form of a cone running from the front to the back. Like other designs in the Ohemaa collection, Garbrah combines two fabrics but the closeness of color can make it difficult to spot.

This design also has a front slit which extends to the thigh. However, unlike the two previous designs, this one has no flare. The gown runs straight from the hips to the toes. If you want to look elegant without calling too much attention with bright colors, this should be your pick.

To cap it off, this dress is paired with a beautiful fascinator hat consisting of a bouquet of blue roses. Two antenna-like filaments extend from the left side of the hat and curve to the right.

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

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Beyonce Wears Ankara Suit By Nigerian Designer to UTA Artist Space Event

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Beyonce has been known to spice up her wardrobe with the occasional Ankara (African Print) outfit. Her most recent Afronista statement was made at the UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills where she wore a colorful print African style pantsuit with matching hat. She attended the event with her husband JayZ to support their friend Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean at the group exhibition “Dreamweavers.”

The Designer Ena Udemba

The custom outfit was made by 34-year-old Nigerian designer Ena Udemba.  In an interview with Bustle, Udemba shared that her Etsy shop “EnaGancio” had caught the attention of Beyonce’s personal stylist Zerina Ackers. Ackers asked Udemba for a one of a kind outfit made for the Grammy award-winning singer and actress.

“The creation had to be unique, something for her alone. The biggest queen on earth! I felt responsible,” she explains. “I just had to make some modifications for it to be unique for Queen B! I felt anxious and at the same time determined to be successful.”

An African Style Look That Is Befitting of Queen Bey

Beyoncé attends as UTA Artist Space & Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean present DREAMWEAVERS, Curated by Nicola Vassell, at UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills, CA on Wednesday, February 13, 2019
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

 

Beyonce’s African Style

This is not the first time Beyonce has afronized her look. She occasionally incorporates afrocentric pieces into her style and in typically Bey style, she knocks the looks out of the park.

 

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Reigning Miss Ireland International Has Big Plans For Zimbabwean Youths

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Miss Blessing Mutamba is on the spotlight as the winner of Miss Ireland International contest. In addition to the award, the 23-year-old also won the Best-In-Interview and Miss Photogenic awards held on the side. She pledged to use her new position to lend a hand to youth empowerment programs in Zimbabwe. On February 21, 2019, she paid a visit to the Zimbabwean Ambassador to the UK, Retired Colonel Christian Katsande. The statement released by the embassy following her visit read,

“Ambassador Katsande highly commended and congratulated Miss Mutamba and took the opportunity to exchange views with the newly crowned Miss Ireland International on how she could contribute in promoting tourism, sports, arts, culture and trade and investment opportunities in Zimbabwe.”

The reigning queen was in the company of her mother Mrs. Netty Mutamba. The remaining statement from the embassy read,

“The parties agreed to explore ways to assist working with the sports cluster in fundraising for the Zimbabwe Netball Team scheduled to participate at the World Netball Cup Tournament in Liverpool in July 2019.”

Mutamba’s childhood and career

Miss Blessing Mutamba, the crowned Miss Ireland International

Miss Mutamba spent her early childhood in Ireland. She went ahead to study Creative Enterprise at Southampton Solent University where she bagged first class honors. She recently bagged a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from the Falmouth University. Apart from chasing a career in pageantry, Mutamba works at the International Stock Exchange as an Assistant Analyst.

Mutaba also featured on the cover of December 2012 edition of GBG Magazine. In 2009, she also made it to the final of the Face of Models United. Among the awards in her archives include Runner up Miss Collegiate Ireland and Miss African Spirit Most Photogenic.

Impacting the life of Zimbabwean Youths

Often times, crowned beauty pageants talk about programs without giving hints on how to achieve them. However, Mutamba says she will lobby entrepreneurship experts, managers, and global companies to support her youth mentorship programs. The aim of the program will be to empower youths to become self-reliant and entrepreneurs. This will also impact positively on the country’s economic recovery efforts. Mutamba thinks pageantry has grown beyond just showing off beautiful clothes. In her words,

“They’re now more about empowering women, giving them a voice and a platform, rather than just walking around in a pretty dress. I have learnt a lot of different things about teamwork, humility, staying humble but more importantly feeling comfortable in myself.”

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