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5 accessories from Safari Curios that will earn you an Afronista stamp of approval



The Afronista lifestyle is one of distinguished fabulousity. Some Afronista’s rock their look with creative African Style Print outfits and head wraps while others use subtle accents to make a bold statement. Below is a list of 5 of our favorite items from South African brand, Gone Rural – Safari Curios that will earn you an Afronista stamp of approval while developing and empowering women in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). You can’t beat that with 10 sticks.

5 simple Afronista accents that make a statement

Afronista Kitchen Accents

Out with the boring, in with the exotic. Living Afronista is not a ‘some days’ thing, it is an all day thing and one way to incorporate the Afronista lifestyle is with beautiful zulu woven telephone wire bowl. You can use it to serve fruits or just as an accent piece in your home. It comes in different sizes.

Afronista Statement Necklace

The Gone Rural Traditional African Zulu beaded necklace is a statement piece. There aren’t to many ways that can say “I am proud of my African identity” better than this delightful, authentic hand-made Zulu accessory.

Afronista Bold colored accessories

This colorful round Zulu multi color beaded necklace is all about boldly declaring your identity. It is beautiful and regal. It gives a boost to monotone outfits and accents bright-colored items. 

Afronista African Style Stacked bracelets

Stacking beaded bangles is a lovely way to scream Afronista without trying. These bangles come in many colors, and styles. Mix and match different types to create more interest with these African Zulu beaded large bangles

Afronista African Style Jazzy Headbands

The Safari Curios headband may be subtle but it adds the noticeable element that says, “Afronista in the house”. You can don on any outfit and simply put on your headband and that is enough to Afronize any look.

 African Zulu beaded wide Alice band – Sky collectionAfrican Zulu beaded thin Alice band – Purple/white/gun-metal


The women behind Gone Rural – Safari Curios

The aim of the Safari Curios brand is to continue helping, developing and empowering women in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), who otherwise would have no means of earning a living other than from social grants. They have over 80 women making bead and telephone wire crafts in rural areas. Most are the primary breadwinners in their families. Typically, the women support ten people including their own children and extended family members.

Safari Curios shares the traditional skills of these South African women passed down generations to create contemporary and unique African pieces that are fashionable, fresh and wearable in everyday life.

Sponsored By: Gone Rural – Safari Curios

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Rwanda Cracks Down On Skin Bleaching. Guess Which African Country Has The Most Skin Bleachers?



Skin bleaching is a billion-dollar industry in predominantly black countries, but some governments want that to change.

Rwanda is one of them. Pointing to the chemicals’ harmful health effects, the country has begun a crackdown to enforce its ban on bleaching agents, especially hydroquinone and mercury, that are found in cosmetics.

According to the World Health Organization, 61 percent of the dermatological market in India consists of skin lightening products. In Nigeria, 77 percent of women use skin lightening products regularly, and in South Africa 59 percent do so, the health agency found.

“We have been conducting inspections on cosmetics to ensure that they are hydroquinone- and mercury-free,” Simeon Kwizera, a spokesman for the Rwanda Standards Board, said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “We are seizing some cosmetics, inspecting the shops and markets and advising the sellers.”

“It is been implemented by the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Food and Drug Authority and the Rwanda Standards Board,” said Simeon Kwizera, “Operations are being conducted by technical people,” he said. “The police is there to oversee only and make sure that all operations are being conducted in a safe way.”

“We are now putting much effort, like educating people, going around and seizing those illegal products,” Francois Uwinkindi, director of the cancer unit at the Ministry of Health, told Reuters news agency. Rwandan police said they seized more than 5,000 banned bleaching products — including lotions, oils, soaps and sprays — from beauty shops across the country last month, according to local media, New Times.

In Rwanda and other countries, people use cosmetics to bleach their skin because they feel that lighter skin is the ideal or indicates higher social status. Dark-skinned people do not necessarily see people like them in billboards, movies, and advertisements, and dark-skinned celebrities sometimes grow more popular after bleaching their skin. This all makes it easier to believe that darker skin is of lesser value or is not considered as beautiful.

In 1983, South Africa banned all but 2 percent hydroquinone creams. In 2015, Ivory Coast banned all skin whitening creams, and in 2016, Ghana began a ban on certain skin whitening products that include hydroquinone. Rwanda instituted its ban in 2013 but had not strictly enforced it until November, when the crackdown began.

To get around these bans, some cosmetics manufacturers, eyeing the opportunities for profit, change the name of the agents in order to sell their products, according to Mr. Kwizera.

“Some manufacturers cheat the customers,” he said, by doing things like creating numerous fake brands. “They forge more than 80 names just to change the name.”

Mr. Kwizera said he believed products with hydroquinone were mainly being smuggled into Rwanda.

The country’s president, Paul Kagame, endorsed the crackdown on Twitter, calling skin bleaching unhealthy.

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Miss Algeria 2019 Is Black, Racist Trolls Are Attacking Her But She Won’t Back Down



The newly crowned winner of Miss Algeria beauty pageant has hit back at critics who have hurled racial abuse at her because of her skin color.

“I will not back down because of the people who criticised me,” Khadija Ben Hamou told Algerian news site TSA.

Slurs about her dark skin colour, nose and lips have been made on Facebook and Twitter.

ALSO READ: Tunisia Becomes Second African Country And First Arab Nation To Outlaw Racism. Here Is What Will Happen If You Break The Law

Darker-skinned Algerians face discrimination in the North African state.

Ms Ben Hamou, who comes from the southern Adrar region, said that she was proud of her identity and winning the competition.

“I am honoured that I have achieved my dream, and I am honoured by the state of Adrar where I come from,” she said.


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15 surprisingly simple natural hair tutorials with stunning results



It’s a new year and we know all naturalista need some fresh ideas to jazz up their hair style repertoire. We have compiled 15 surprisingly simple natural hair tutorials to help you try something new with your loverly hair this year.

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