Daily Paper and Wekafore Celebrate Fela Kuti with Spirit Don’t Die Collection

Daily Paper has united with Nigerian brand Wekafore on a one-of-a-kind capsule collection exalting African heritage and an uncompromising vision for the future. Titled The Spirit Don’t Die, the collection takes music icon Fela Kuti as its ultimate muse.

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New Generation of African Designers

For the uninitiated, Wekafore represents a new generation of African designers that are breaking glass ceilings and making new rules. Founded by Lagos-born Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, his eponymous brand is a testament to the dreams of his Grandfather, a tailor who spent all his life in the village and never got the chance to see fashion in the city life. Since its debut in 2013, Wekafore has made its way from humble beginnings to ready-to-wear collections with an Afrofuturistic edge, while simultaneously increasing the continent’s representation in fashion.

Organic Alignment

There are many parallels to be found between Wekafore’s story and Daily Paper’s journey – that raw necessity, organic growth, and genuine support from the community. The similarities are no mere coincidences. This collaboration is an organic alignment of both brands core values, together they celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

Fela Kuti as Main Inspiration

The limited collection of unique, bold pieces honours Africa’s past while confidently looking ahead. Combining nostalgia for West Africa’s 1970s cultural golden age with the exciting vibrant creative renaissance we are witnessing right now. It’s only logical that an artist like Fela Kuti resonates in full with this collaboration. The Nigerian music icon and political agitator’s impact is impossible to overlook, and it’s Kuti’s world-conquering jazzy Afrobeat, his spirit, and unfaltering politics that inform our collection.

Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness.

Creative Production: Voodoo Agency Photography: Raghe Farah
Graphic Design: 9artistLab
Stylist: Rebeca Sueiro

MUA: Itziar Nzang
Hair Stylist: Gloria Rico
Talent: Joe Diao, Junior Osas, Soraya Zilati, Khadija Niang, Olayinka Adisa, Roqueeb Adebayor, Martins Omundiale, Bamidele Egbunike