There has been a surge in demand of Afri-centric artists and their ability to inspire unique narratives that have yet to be told. People of colour make up majority of the world and now seemingly by coercion African inspired swag seems to be popping up everywhere. Have a look at social media and everyone is on a strict jollof rice diet, tagging their ancestral African flags to their biographies and draped in pseudo-ankara gear. With the rise of WizKid and Afrobeats, television show Insecure starring Issa Rae and movies like Girls Trip starring Kofi Siriboe — the demand for more culture is seemingly catching a wave nobody anticipated. However this wave in 2017 wasn’t as overnight process. There have been trend setters along the way using the most popular vehicle: Instagram to try and urge more progression amongst black art. Below we’ve complied a list of influencers to follow that’ll make you one to get more in touch with your ” African side”.
7. Ernest Donkor (@stylernest)
Known as @stylernest on Instagram, Ghanian influencer Ernest Donkor has been on the fashion blogging scene for a few years. Self-described as edgy, artistic with hints of avant garde Ernest uses the perfect dimmed down features to make his photos relay emotion. He aspires to positively affect and inspire his generation and beyond through his personal style and fashion. For greatly fitted suits with a mix of ankara sweatpants couture and sporty fashion head to his page for some style inspo.
6. ISEEADIFFERENTYOU COLLECTIVE ( @iseeadifferentyou)
Birthed out of South Africa, this collective aims to tell South Africa’s story through their own point of view and not one shaped by imperialists history books. The movement grew into showcasing South Africa and later the rest of Africa. As the collective started traveling they saw the misconceptions that exists around the world even saying Africans have misconceptions about each other. I See A Different You is changing how we see each other.
5. Jubril Agoro (@jubril8)
This generation has seen a series of young entrepreneurs shifting paradigms amongst their peers. Due to the rise of social media we’ve been able to follow everything from our idols, peers and home inspo. We get to see the best travel photos from the most acute tropical communities around the world. Often times though as viewers we want more . Not only do we want to know about the origins of these picturesque trophies, but how to obtain them. Jubril is digital nomad from Chicago that hit the internet a few years ago as he showed the world his nomadic lifestyle. Which consists of health tips, restaurant spots and edgy accommodations . This spurred the launch of his traveling +marketing firm Passport Heavy- which is a resource for lay travelers. If you consider yourself an internet entrepreneur who likes to travel and inspire then follow Jubril.
4. ARTCOMESFIRST (@artcomesfirst)
French African duo Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh founded the ACF in order to circulate sartorial nourishment, oxygenating time-based projects through dynamic collaborations. The duo based out of Paris and Brooklyn act as a brand Consultancy and overall muse behind selected projects. The duo lives by the mantra: Avec Ces Frères Sartor, Alchemy, Progression.
3. JUSTIN SPIO (@justinspio)
Ankara print clothing has made a return in the past couple years. After his photo went viral about a year ago, Justin Spio has been at the peak of the new Ankara wave. His comment section on Instagram has turned into a confession room of women confessing their love for African men. He has acted as a double for heart throb Idris Elba and is set to be in the film, “All in”. Justin hopes to influence people by simply being himself. As a Ghanian- American model, actor and influencer he hopes to keep his culture and love for God at the center of everything he does.
2. BUCK (@BUCKOTB)
Could be regarded to as the funniest man on Instagram: Buck , former rapper and current manager of English rap star GIGGS has taken IG by storm with his daily observations on life. His profile boosts the title, ” I’m just a local lad”, indicative of his humble, but comedic nature. He himself was a former rapper and current Liverpool fan. Follow him for updates on the current rap scene in England as well as daily tips to help your social life.
1. JOSH KISSI (@ joshuakissi)
Topping our list is Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs are the faces and voices behind the popular mens lifestyle website turned Creative Agency Street Etiquette. Founded in 2008, Street Etiquette showcases style using a cultural, historical and urban perspective. With sartorial influences stretching from all parts of the world and eras, Street Etiquette has managed to assemble a truly unique view of fashionable menswear and story-telling. Among other accolades, Street Etiquette has been featured in magazines such as GQ, Complex, Essence and Fantastic Man.