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We know you love us and that you missed your weekly update on what is keeping the urban teen culture ablaze. Well we are back with yet another report for all you lover of things! It has been a few days before we joined the rest of Africa in commemorating Africa Day. Most of you were basking in the sun and enjoying a day off school. There is no crime in that but it got us thinking on whether some of you know the essence of May 25.

We are living in a global village and over the years, there has been a lot of cultural dilution, with Africa being the hardest hit.

Let’s face it we love our Solange Knowles and the Rihannas of this world as style icons and we have taken it a step further to copying their entire culture. They way they dress speak and carry themselves.

Ask yourself, as an African youth are you proud of your roots?

Let’s face it, there is diversity in the rich African culture and for a change let’s embrace it unconditionally. There is nothing gwashy or lame about it. If you do not know where to start then here are some of the things you can do to bring back to your lifestyle:

1. Speak your native languages everywhere you are. This could be on social media. Take it a step further and hype up your own slang just like what they do in South Africa and Nigeria.

2. If you speak Shona then learn other local languages eg SiNdebele, Tonga. The same applies to those who speak other languages.

3. Incorporate Africanism in your wardrobe. This could be through ethnic accessories, ethnic wear and modern clothing with statements that promote Bantuism.

4. Embrace cultural practices like that of clapping your hands the way our people do it, “kutyora muzura” and so on.

Decoded

Just in case we lost you when we threw the fancy names then check out the explanations to these African lingo items.

Bantu Means people – HunhuismUbuntuism Slang for behaving in a way that is acceptable especially in our African culture.

Last week, we made all sorts of jokes about the fight that broke out between world renowned rapper Jay Z and sister-in-law Solange Knowles.

Those who missed it, we stated our position on violence which that we condemn it to the last degree.

Just as we were thinking that we had given it to y’all straight, a video of ILLSA girls bashing a helpless student in an alley hit our phones.

Such levels of bullying are sickening to say the least and we are glad the perpetrators were brought to book. Let this be a lesson to all teens out there!

Fashion trends

In the spirit of Africa, our fashion sense this week is biased towards African prints. For those who do not know, these are the in-thing and celebrities in Hollywood have been spotted wearing it.

Here is how you do it:

For girls, take it back with a short African print skirt. Top it up with a vest or tiny top to give it a modern feel.

The guys can keep it simple with various ethnic or printed shirts. If you do not want to go all the way, make use of the accessories that range from wrist bands made from animal skin, seed necklaces and all

So until next week, keep your swag on!

Source : The Herald

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