Urban Afrique: The Tale of a Senegalese-Nigerian Love Affair

marché HLM @rainmaker3909

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Flashback to the summer of 2016, I found myself in what has now become one of my favorite cities in the world, Dakar. Dakar like Lagos is indescribable, it is many things at once. I got immersed in the rich Senegalese culture of creatives who really embraced what it is that made them African. From the myriad of wax prints worn before Jummah to the extravagant boubous worn during Eid. In every street performer, artisan or even the man who sold me coconuts, there was always something that exuded African pride. I visited HLM market and toured around different parts of Plateau, Point E and Yoff and got inspired by different models of African art. From the accessories to the figurines, I was always left speechless. Heading back to Lagos, I knew I wanted to keep a piece of Senegal. My sister had always been entrepreneurial by nature, I call her a “Jacqueline of all trades.” We had been pitching different ideas for a business and creating a medium where we could share this sense of pride came almost naturally to us.

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Urban Afrique speaks to people who love contemporary and African design. It was created as a lifestyle brand which reflects the beauty of the myriad of African cultures. To us, being African is a versatile experience filled with passion, exuberance and pride and these cultures inspire us every day. By launching Urban Afrique we want to share this experience with people through creating pieces that combine urban design with African prints. By sourcing these prints and using local artisans, we take the necessary steps to show how personal this journey is for us.

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Culture and history are not only rooted in our experiences as Africans but also in the materials in which we source. Adire, Ankara and Batik materials all have unique motifs and tell a story of their own. Adire emerged from the city of Abeokuta which is historically known for their cotton production, weaving and tie-dying. Ankara, often referred to as “dutch wax” or “wax prints” though controversial in its origin and manufacture (shout out to China and the Netherlands) are colorful cotton prints that are heavily influenced by batik material. Batik which has Indonesian origins, has a more intricate and traditional pattern and is made from wax predominately by the Yorubas. These different textiles with rich history of their own, help us further celebrate our African-ness.

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Through our products, our laptop sleeves, notebooks, head wraps, slippers, throw pillow covers, tablet sleeves and hand bags, we want our consumers to be able to celebrate this beauty with us; each product provides its own unique taste of what Africa is to us and through these products people are able to feel the connection (however little) that we have to the continent.

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