COUTURE Africa - October 2016
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What does it mean to be African? We hear over and over that, ‘Africa is rising’. Do we resonate with this sentiment and more importantly, resonate with our African-ness? Working on this month’s magazine was quite an interesting experience. How do you define which fashion, food or stories are African? We are such a diverse, and beautiful people, the options are endless. It is a special place, ‘this our continent’! The best things have come out of it, and the best people conquer some of the most despicable situations. One quote comes to mind: "What I've come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion, everyday acts of compassion”. In South Africa, they have a phrase called Ubuntu. Ubuntu comes out of a philosophy that says, “the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me," Chris Abani. Ubuntu is one of those things we take for granted, because it is [almost] everywhere we are on this continent. It is in your mother, in your cousins and even in that interesting old lady who wonders when you are going to get married. We, Africans, live off and feed off each other. It can be terrible sometimes, when we choose to focus on the negative. OR, it can be amazing when we focus on what is great, and beautiful and amazing as we tried to do in this month’s Main Feature. If had to choose, I would say I love being a young enterprising woman in Africa today, living in Africa and making my life work in Africa. What do you love about being African and living in Africa? Join us in the conversation all through the month of October using the HashTags#DoYouHaveYourCouture and #TheAfricaIssue. Do not forget to follow and tag @coutureafrica on your social media platform of preference. Remember, Live Life, Love Africa!
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