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6 cover story What is the ideal black beauty? We invite you to a discussion on what defi nes an ideal African or black beauty, a hot topic that keeps generating controversy and debate as the beauty and fashion world continues to evolve with time. We welcome your take on this hot issue.

26 fashion special out of africa Nigerian label MOMO, by designer Fati Asibelua, took African fashion design to unprecedented levels at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer, with her stunning collection featuring a contemporary twist to the Nigerian headscarf, the gele. Amazing!

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6 What is the Ideal Black Beauty?

fashion & design 10 Farrah Delauney: Designing handbags with Africa in mind 12 Liya Kebede: Looking good, doing good 16 Bedazzle: Wow-factor jewellery

celebrity interVieW 18 Nollywood’s Dakore Egbuson on the Nigerian movie industry

trendsetters 22 Shoes! Put your best foot forward 24 If the shoe fi ts: Tips from an expert shoe designer

fashion sPecial 26 Out of Africa at London Fashion Week 32 Wow! African designs in Paris 36 The wait is over: Africa Fashion Week launches 38 The Phwoar Factor: Men on the catwalk 40 Daddy Cool: Hip gifts for Dad 42 Must-have fashion in your jeans

hair & beauty 44 The politics of Black Women’s hair 50 The Dos and Don’ts of Ageless Beauty

sPecial focus 52 Africa’s women of infl uence 60 Banking on women 63 Interview with Kenya’s Ida Odinga FOR WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE

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52 africa’s most influential Women We pay tribute to some of the most influential women on the African continent – from the famous women to the unsung ones, the groundbreakers whom Africa cannot afford to ignore. Their inspirational success in different spheres of life deserves an accolade.

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a man’s Point of VieW 66 Say no to the sexual objectification of women

family & Parenting 70 A family’s survival guide to the global economic recession 72 Seven things to teach your kids about money 74 Fun and cents-i-bility: Family entertainment on a budget 76 Beauty for mums-to-be 78 Values you can instil at homework time 80 Women who inspire: India Arie

Well-being 82 Beauty in your kitchen: There is more to the ingredients in

your cupboard

arts & culture 84 Stitched with history: The story of African textiles

music & entertainment 88 Etana: The strong one 90 Born free: Jamaica’s Queen Ifrica 92 Oumou Sangare: Champion of women’s rights in song

traVel & destinations 94 Tanzania’s romantic hideaways

the last Word 98 How to empower yourself