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iamthenublack: Kwabena Boateng of Kayobi Clothing

Introduce yourself

je m’appelle Kwabena Oppong Boateng Je sui ….. Unfortunately I did not pay attention in French class during high school in Ghana. I am the third born of 7 boys born in South London and raised in Ghana. I am a thinker, politics and sociology graduate, self taught ‘artist’, Lover of all things African and Black. I am also the founder and creative director of Kayobi Clothing.

Fav lyric from a song

There are so many but I guess this is the coolest. ‘Ridding with my top down listening to this Jesus Music’– Lecrae

Who and what inspires you?

Life and the beauty that God has created. Pre – colonial African art and art and architecture in general. My family, the hundreds clothing line, Johnny cupcakes, Ozwald Boateng, the galaxy riders aka ALIEN.

Icons past & present

My Grand Ma Mary Boaitey, Jesus, the Ashanti tribe and all the nameless, faceless people who go against the grain in the pursuit of their dreams.

The nublack philosophy/mantra according to Kwabena Boateng

There is a re- emergence of all things black and African. In the past three years there has been a spurt in N.W.A’s – New World African’s such as Barack Obama, K’naan, Nneka , Kheinde Wiley, Tim Cambell  and numerous others. These people are the leaders of the nublack and are redefining how black people are portrayed and breaking the mould.

Anyone can be a part of this nublackness and you don’t even have to be black, just chase your dreams, seek eternity and work hard.

Check me out

Kayobi Clothing


Kayobi Clothing Lookbook

My blog