The activist, model and personal trainer Braima Djata released his new collection of African-inspired clothing named “Banhina Ferre” — a term which means “ Nô djubi djitu ” (let’s find a way) in the West African native language, Balanta.
Djata, who is also a representative of the company NOBALUR since 2017 (the year he started selling his clothes), is well known for his philanthropy and for being involved in several donations across Guinea-Bissau.
His inspiration came from the renowned stylist São Bibas and her daughter Bianca, who played a big part in introducing him to the world of fashion. After being involved in several fashion shows, for both national and international brands, the model decided to create his own clothing line.
In May 2018, Djata introduced the world to his new brand named BD, which stands for his initials (Braima Djata), at the well-known TV program BEM-VINDOS, aired in Portugal by the channel RTP. Two years later, he decided to launch his 3rd collection in a digital and professional manner due to the lack of a physical store.
“I opted for a style of clothing that identifies with me, and generally, this is the style of clothing that I would use on Galas and ceremonies of great importance.”
“This 3rd collection focuses more on males, because there is a higher demand coming from them whenever they see me with the clothes.”
Braima Djata promises that soon there will be a collection made for females only.
The new collection is already available for purchase at the NOBALUR STORE on Instagram.
“Nampili” is the name of the new collection by the stylist and designer Anderson Rodrigues.
Why did choose this name?
I named my collection Nampili because it means in the Mandjaco ethnic group “Badjuda’” (girl) It’s a tribute to my beloved mother who belongs to that ethnic group.
Where does the inspiration for this collection come from?
Inspiration came from the great black women; who in politics, cinema and the fashion industry fought hard for black women to be considered beautiful, too. And also fought to occupy their spaces in society and in major decision-making.
How was the whole creation process?
The process took 5 months until the final product.
What do you expect from this collection?
I hope this collection will be seen in every corner of the world, because I worked really hard to achieve the result that people are now seeing.
How is the audience reacting since the launch?
The public has given very positive feedback, it was what I wanted and thank God everything went well.
What materials did you use on the?
The materials I used were the basic ones that we all use, fabrics with African prints and some western ones too — plus everything about my touches and my way.
Did you have support from any brand or someone for this collection?
I didn’t receive any financial support from anyone and no other brand. I was collecting small funds, buying the accessories little by little, the fabrics…everything was calmly planned and well thought out in every detail– but I always had moral support from my friends and also my uncle with whom I live.
Have you ever used our ‘pano de pinti’ in any of your collections?
Yes I’ve used our fabrics many times, my pieces were 90% made of ‘pano di pinti’. I just don’t do it now because it’s costly to bring the fabrics to London, but I do it, yes, a lot.
When did you start liking the fashion area?
I started to like fashion since high school. I always liked to be the different guy and always transformed my clothes so that I didn’t look like my classmates. After finishing high school, I went to study in Senegal and then I went to a modelling agency. Since than things have been flowing to this today.
Do you have any training in the field of fashion?
In Senegal I took an intensive fashion course for 3 months which I didn’t get to finish it because I had to go back to Guinea. But it is one of them ones, I had to go back to Guinea, however it is one of my goals now.
Do you have a family stylist?
I don’t have a stylist in my family or a tailor or anything like that.
If you weren’t a stylist what would you like to be?
If I weren’t a stylist, I would be a model or a dancer, because there are two other things that I also have a gift for.
Where can we find your clothing brand?
My brand can be purchased from me through my Facebook and Instagram.
How has the pandemic affected your life?
As I said before, this pandemic has changed the world and I am not left out. Since all my plans for this year have stood still, the bright side that seemed almost impossible to exist was the discovery of sewing — I had never done it before. And having more time to create, develop ideas, think well about life and my plans.
Have you ever done an International show?
I already participated in an international fashion show in Senegal in 2017, AEGBS fashion show.
What do you think about Guinean fashion?
Guinean fashion is evolving, I can say, frankly, but rather evolving. Because there are now many young people in the area of styling, as well as models, and people have already joined the fashion shows. Nowadays you do manage to have a full room at a Guinean fashion show; people do pay to attend fashion events.
Who inspires you in the fashion world? And outside of it who are your idols?
The people who inspire me in fashion are: Dina Adão, Umo Sy, Adama Paris, and my idol is Oliver.
How is Anderson Rodrigues out of fashion in everyday life?
Anderson Rodrigues out of fashion is a very nice young man, outgoing, I like to be with my friends, to talk, and to see some fashion contests. I like to cook and I love to dance.
Describe you in 3 words?
I am authentic, a dreamer and daring.
Indicate three qualities and three defects of yours?
Three qualities: kind, sincere and a good partner. Three bad traits: impatient, anxious and lazy.
What is your biggest dream in fashion?
My biggest dream is to be an internationally known stylist, thus being able to take African culture, African fashion, African fabrics to the highest levels of fashion, breaking barriers, taboos and prejudice.
The National Institute of Studies and Research and the National Library Of Guinea-Bissau, the Guyanese Association of Documentalists, Archivists and Librarians presented new digital equipment offered by the UN to preserve the country’s history.
“With this equipment, we are committed to creating a digital library for Guinea-Bissau” stated Director General of the Iaguba Djaló Library.
Due to the 1998 and 1999 Civil War, most of the historical documents and archives of various public institutions were destroyed. The recovery of this memory will be possible through digital equipment that will allow 120,000 documents, 3,000 photographic images, 8,000 films and 4,000 microfilms to be digitised.
Iaguba Djaló affirms that it is a difficult job to limit in time due to two aspects, first aspect the well-trained and motivated human resources, financial and transport means.
The second aspect is the preservation of documents due to the tropical climate with excessive and temperatures that can be harmful to organic matter.
It also suggests the rehabilitation of buildings so that the necessary conditions for the preservation of documents are created.
The first collection, K E N D O, pays homage to Stellas country of birth, the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.
K E N D O is an expression used in Mandinga(African Dialect) which means; something good that has value, something positive.
It is also the traditional name given to the enterpreuneurs first born, Omar Bodhi Quijera Daro.
The businesswoman pretends to pay tribute to all African countries and she recognises that darker skin tones struggle to find the right type of foundation. To solve this issue in order to emphasise the importance of inclusion and to defend equality and diversity, she takes great care to provide a variety of 18 different tones.
All products are verified by health professionally and aimed at the African market, all collections are available to purchase in bulk and some online.
The first collection is already in stock and available to purchase online. It is already being dristibuted in Guinea-Bissau, by BISSAU COSMÉTICOS and in some African countries.
What inspired you to start the brand?
In 2016, I went through an embarrassing situation when a girl that didn’t like me decided to post something with the intent to damage my image on social media. It was something along the lines that I should ‘start using foundation that matches my skin tone’.
Being only 23 years old at the time, I was really embarrassed but acted like I didn’t care. However, over a certain period of time, I realised that in actuality it was hard to find foundation that would match my skin tone.
About a year had passed since that whole situation and when I created the BLACKFRODOLLS project in 2017, my younger brother Francisco, suggested the creation of a cosmetics brand.
At the time I had just got started with the whole concept and was scared, due to experience, of potentially creating something harmful to people’s skin.
It was then that 3 years later in 2020 amidst the pandemic that I decided to study and research more on the subject. When I felt more secure in myself I decided to invest in the cosmetics area.
Where can we find your products?
However , we’re only supplying in Bulk, large quantities to African companies, and some in Europe, they can still purchase online by email, DM or WhatsApp.
The products are available at BISSAU COSMÉTICOS in Guinea-Bissau. As a way of fighting unemployment in Guinea-Bissau, Blackfrodolls started its first recruitment process for the SALES & MARKETING team.
The Bandé-Gamboa project, which joins two intergenerational bands from Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, launches tomorrow, 12th June their debut album, seeking to captivate young Africans and Westerners.
It also has a book that accompanies the album, after 20 years of searching for African vinyls and CDs. Africans and Afrodescendants rarely buy records, so African culture is reduced to genres such as reggae, soul, funk or rock. Those who buy are limited to “old school.”
The publisher went ahead with the creation of two bands, one of Cape Verdean musicians and the other of Guinean musicians who live in Lisbon, to recreate old songs from the two countries, with different goals.
In the case of Guinea-Bissau, it tried to make “fresh and contemporary versions” of gumbé, a style little known outside the country and which was being recorded by many artists and with different ideas than usual.
In Cape Verde case, the versatility of funaná and its limits were tested, as it was known worldwide as opposed to gumbé.
There is a challenge to try to please the public on both continents.
Today, they will reissue in Guinea-Bissau the Super Mama Djombo, a band of rare records and very sought after in the West.
The album, which will be released on June 12 in physical and digital format, has six themes for each country, also paying tribute to Amílcar Cabral, co-founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde and one of the greatest symbols of struggle for the independence of the two countries.
Written by: Cristina Lopes da Fonseca
Creating platforms by supporting and promoting Guinea-Bissau