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Yemi Alade and D'Banj with their awards at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Credit: businessoffashion.com/Getty

Why Africa's Musicians Are a Marketing Goldmine

Stylish, dynamic and extremely popular, Africa’s music stars are brand ambassadors for many multinationals in Africa but the fashion industry has yet to grasp their value.

Runway from a recent Lagos Fashion & Design Week event. Credit: lagosfashionanddesignweek.com

Nigerian Fashion Getting Ready for Growing Demand (Video)

The Nigerian fashion industry has a problem that might not look like one: it is struggling to meet the demand.

Olatorera Oniru, CEO, Dress Me Outlet

Meet the Nigerian woman who is building the fashion Amazon of Africa

Olatorera Oniru is one of Nigeria’s most assiduous and ambitious young entrepreneurs. The 29 year-old lady is the founder of Dressmeoutlet.com, a Lagos-based e-commerce startup that retails fashion products sourced from across the globe.

Nigerian pop star, D'banj has been one of the continent's biggest names over the years (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

The sound of young urban Africa is set to take over the world's pop charts

London has long been one of the world’s most influential pop culture centers, particularly with fashion and music.

Wizkid

Meet Wizkid: Nigeria's Best-Dressed Pop Star

Wizkid is pretty much the biggest thing in Nigerian pop, which itself seems to advance on the global music stage almost as quickly as the country’s economy, one of the fastest growing in the world.

Davido

How Davido Became African Pop Music's Fortunate Son

Once, while on a Greyhound layover in Birmingham, Alabama, David Adedeji Adeleke, the Nigerian pop star now better known as Davido, spotted a familiar face on the CD rack of a bus station rest stop.

The January marriage of radio presenter Tolu Oniru ‘Toolz’ and her pilot fiancé Tunde Demuren was said to among the most star-studded parties Lagos has yet seen. Photograph: Tolu Oniru. Credit: theguardian.com

'Go big or go home': Planning the perfect Lagos wedding

You can go to a wedding in Lagos every day between April and December – and you don’t even need to be invited, says Mo Dharrah Sage, editor of the Nigerian Wedding Blog.

Afropolitan

Afropolitan Tastes: Are you an Afropolitan? By Nnenna Onyewuchi, Founder, Yellow Brick Road

The term Afropolitan has been bandied around since Taiye Selasi used it in a 2005 article. At the time, she was using it to describe young, upwardly mobile, multilingual, sometimes multi-ethnic Africans in the Diaspora.

Here are the 5 startups chosen at DEMO Africa to pitch in Silicon Valley

Here are the 5 startups chosen at DEMO Africa to pitch in Silicon Valley

One of the continent’s most-talked about startup events, DEMO Africa 2015, recently concluded with five startups chosen to pitch in Silicon Valley.

Lola Olusola, Founder, Ella.ng

I don't see Konga and Jumia as competition, I see them as enablers: Lola Olusola, Founder of Ella.ng

Women nowadays are becoming more and more noticed for their exceptional success in the tangentially male dominated corporate world of global business and technology.

The final look from Nadir Tati’s “40 years Of Independence” collection (Photo Credits: Rui Vasco)

At Portugal's Fashion Week ModaLisboa, It Was Angola That Reigned

It is one of Europe’s longest standing fashion weeks, initiated in 1991, and concluded its 44th edition over the past weekend. ModaLisboa is the bi-annual event in which Portugal’s fashion capital Lisbon gets to show what its local fashion industry is all about.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Credit: Akintunde Akinleye

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: An interview with Vogue

I’m on the shore of Lagos Lagoon with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on a late afternoon in January. It is harmattan season, when a hot wind blows across the Sahara, bringing dust that makes the sun glow dark gold as it hangs over the palm trees on the opposite shore.

Nigeria's fashionistas upset by falling oil prices

Nigeria's fashionistas upset by falling oil prices

The drop in world oil prices is hitting the fashion-conscious women of Kano hard.

E-Commerce in Africa finds growing outlet

Browse, click, pay: E-Commerce in Africa finds growing outlet

Young Ghanaian entrepreneur Nana Tamakloe could hardly have a simpler business plan. When people order clothes from his website, he buys the items from stalls and shops in Accra, ships them with DHL and gets paid online.

South African model Lulama Mlambo poses while wearing clothes made by Kisua.com, an online clothing retailer launched by Ghanaian entrepreneur Samuel Mensah, in Johannesburg, February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

With African fashion in vogue, home talent shines

When Michelle Obama and Beyoncé Knowles attended high-profile events in clothes made by African designers, it was a sure sign that the continent’s vibrant style has arrived on the world stage.

Reni Folawiyo, Founder & CEO of Alara. Credit: style.com

Lagos Rising: Alara Founder and CEO Reni Folawiyo talks to Style.com about her ambitious new store

Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, and growing richer by the day, and bustling Lagos is a city full of moneyed, cosmopolitan fashion consumers. Habit among them has been to travel abroad to do their shopping—London, Paris, and Dubai are regular haunts.

The Mercedes Maybach is one of the auto brands popular amongst Nigeria's top one percent

In Lagos, Nigeria, the 1% takes stock

Guests sashayed through the tent doors into a scene of surreal opulence. At the far end of the tent, engulfed by servants, courtiers, national politicians and guards with wires in their ears, the celebrant perched beside his wife on a throne covered with white faux fur, his every move broadcast on flat-screens arrayed around the tent walls.

Foschini store in Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa's Foschini to pay $456M to acquire UK retailer Phase Eight from private equity firm TowerBrook

The Foschini Group Ltd. (TFG) agreed to buy U.K. clothing chain Phase Eight from TowerBrook Capital Partners LP, hastening the South African retailer’s international expansion.

Zainab Ashadu, Founder of designer handbag maker Zashadu

Zainab Ashadu: The brains behind Nigerian designer handbag maker Zashadu

Nigerian designer, Zainab Ashadu, is the brains behind the Zashadu brand of designer handbags, whose modern, colorful creations use the ancient art of tanning and leather-dyeing from Northern Nigeria.

Porsche Panamera

Nigeria: The next big frontier for luxury

The ‘Africa Rising’ narrative, driven primarily by the region’s high growth rates, has captured a great deal of attention from global businesses. High growth rates in Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, have been fueling growth in the country’s luxury market.

Johannesburg skyline | Source: Shutterstock

In South Africa, more evolution than revolution

When Khanyi Dhlomo opened a plush designer boutique here late last year, it revealed as much about the national psyche as it did about the local fashion industry.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa

Africa Fashion Week Showcases the Continent’s Best Talent (Video)

The growing trend of Fashion Weeks across the African continent challenges the notion that global fashion starts in the northern hemisphere.

Nadir Tati

Nadir Tati: The Angolan Designer That Sells $10,000 Dresses

It’s the African cash cow that produces oil, diamonds and more recently, fashion.

Twins Kessie and Eku Edewor

The Nigerians have arrived ... and London is paying attention

Richard Vedelago is 29 years old and worth more millions than he’s prepared to tell. ‘Money talks, but wealth whispers,’ he says with a smile, sitting back in the bar at Claridge’s – his idea – and lazily sipping an elderflower juice.

Lola Olusola, Founder of Ella.ng

Ella has better eyes for fashion than Jumia and Konga: Lola Olusola, Founder of Ella.ng

Lola Olusola, Founder of Ella.ng a 440.ng startup that focuses on female fashion has said the one-year old platform is better positioned to cater for the fashion needs of Nigerian middle class businesswomen than e-commerce giants Konga and Jumia.

Ceddi Plaza, Abuja, Nigeria

New generation of Nigerian consumers is drawing retailers from all over the world

At the turn of the century well-off Nigerians struggled to shop in style. Most had to jostle in local markets to buy food or travel to the UK, US or Middle East to replenish their wardrobes.

Palms Shopping Center, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

Global brands and mall developers eye Nigeria's fast-growing market

The appetite of Nigerians for modern retail is growing faster than developers can build space, with international brands clamouring for places they can open stores.

Zainab Ashadu, founder of designer handbag maker Zashadu

Zainab Ashadu, founder of designer handbag maker Zashadu, on her design philosphy of sustainability and durability (Video)

Zashadu is a leading British/Nigerian sustainable luxury brand, that specializes in hand-crafted leather pieces.

Eden Diodati

African Women to Watch: Fashion (Video)

Major international brands are seeking to cash in on Africa’s rapidly-expanding consumer class. Africa has become a major hub for the consumption of premium fashion brands.

Ella Matthew is one of the startups that recently secured funding from 440NG

440NG announces funding of nine tech startups in Nigeria

The Lagos Garage is about to get a bit busier.

Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Africa is finally on the path to becoming a consumer society: Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

For readers of a certain age, the name of Africa will never sit comfortably alongside the word luxury.

South African Properties

South Africa's middle class is a force to be reckoned with

As the ranks of black middle and upper classes have swelled in the 20 years since South Africa’s first democratic election, so too have the aspirations of a wealthy new elite.

Jumia is one of Africa Internet Holding's portfolio companies

Africa Internet Group's parent company Rocket Internet draws big IPO investor crowd for emerging markets web plan

Rocket Internet, the global e-commerce investor, will take a more hands-on role in its stable of companies through a stock market listing which was fully subscribed within the first hour of taking orders, it said on Wednesday.

Hugo Boss Store

Chain reactions: savvy supply is key to success in the African luxury market

Luxury retailers are eyeing the African continent as one of the next frontier markets. “Luxury in Africa is a hot topic,” says Oliver Merkel, a partner at Bain & Company, a management consultancy.

William Lauder, CEO, Estee Lauder Companies

Luxury heavyweights eye Africa's newly affluent

Sub-Saharan Africa was dismissed for decades by the luxury industry, and has attracted the attention of international heavyweights only in the past two years.

Porsche Panamera

Africa's elite develops a taste for the finer things in life

The luxury sector has been adjusting to what some analysts call the “new normal”. After growing at 10-13 per cent a year in 2010, 2011 and 2012, rates were already slowing last year, and are forecast to settle at between 4 and 6 per cent.

Kunmi Otitoju, Founder, Minku

Meet The Nigerian Fashion Designer Building Africa's Hermès: Kunmi Otitoju, Founder, Minku

Kunmi Otitoju, a 30-year-old Nigerian fashion designer and entrepreneur, holds two Computer Science degrees – a Bachelor of Science degree with first-class honors from Howard University and a Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech.

Ozwald Boateng

Game Changers Africa: A profile of Ozwald Boateng (Video)

The life and career of Ozwald Boateng are profiled. Ozwald Boateng was the youngest and first African tailor to open up shop on London’s Saville Row.

WED Magazine

Six startups tapping into Nigeria's lavish wedding industry

CNN’s African Start-Up talked to some of the ingenious entrepreneurs wanting to get a slice of Nigeria’s wedding industry cake.

A staff member of on-line retailer Jumia, pushes a cart past shelves at the company's warehouse in Lagos April 10, 2014

Online retailer Jumia expanding into new markets: Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon

Online retailer Jumia, a would-be African Amazon set up by German venture capital firm Rocket Internet, is expanding into three new markets – Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon, the company said on Monday.

JumpStart Africa

Crowdfunding Now Available To African Entrepreneurs Through JumpStart

How many times have you had that killer idea but you had to shelve it because of a lack of capital or a money related obstacle?

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria: Africa's Big Apple

With tech hubs, a newly wealthy class, and an exploding population, Lagos is forging a model for Africa’s urban future. Saturday night in Africa’s biggest city, Lagos, and five of us are lip-reading across the table above the thumping music at Rhapsody’s, a restaurant-club on upscale Victoria Island.