The mission of the MsAfropolitan Boutique is to showcase and offer a handpicked range of products made by African Diaspora women on a rotating basis. Visit us here.
As part of my journey to achieving this goal, I’ve met such inspiring women whose stories I want to share with you in an interview series features which you can follow here.
Today’s interview feature is with Agnes Kuye, founder of Senga K designs. Can you guess how the brand name came about? See the bottom for the answer 🙂
Senga K is in fact a new brand in the MsAfropolitan Boutique – aren’t the two bags I’ve picked stunning? I think they are fab, and I love that they are for the style ‘conscious’ made partly from recycled material. They are GREAT value for money (because yes, that matters too)!
Could you describe Senga K Designs in one or two sentences?
AFRO/Euro inspired, funky & unique accessories made from 70% recycled materials.
Afrolicious bags, beads, boob tube tops & scarves.
Could you share an exciting development currently taking place for Senga K Designs ?
I would love to style/accessorise artists for music videos, Nigerian artists especially.
I styled a few of the models on the 166 Family video shoot for a track called Moyo &
would love to continue working with ‘creative’ music artists. Watch this space…
What does the term Afropolitan mean to you?
Afropolitan to me means a ‘new, fresh & thought provoking’ approach to bringing
African culture to the masses.
If you could pick one known African woman, Diaspora and continent, that you think is inspiring, who would that be and why?
Waris Dirie – due to her amazing life journey.
Waris has used her fame & wealth for countless humanitarian work, receiving a plethora of awards & recently being appointed Peace Ambassador for the Year of Peace and Security by the African Union.
” In New York, at the peak of her career, she tells in an interview of the practice of female genital mutilation that she had to suffer when she was five. Waris Dirie decides to end her life as a model and dedicate her life to fighting this archaic ritual.” – www.waris-dirie-foundation.com
Do you have a favourite post on the MsAfropolitan blog, and why?
A tribute to the black hair conversation– because
it gave a different perspective to the views on our hair.
Aside from the usual issues that we face, like ‘to weave, relax, stay natural or not’, my main issues are with people outside of my race.
Questions that have baffled me from an early age are for example:
” Why do you guys put grease in, when we wash it out?”
“How can your hair be so long one day & short the next?”
” Why does your hair shrink in the rain?”
“Can i touch your hair?”
The list is endless. Yes, the black hair topic is fascinating!
Is there any particular element from Nigerian culture that you maintain in London?
I love African prints, Ankara especially. I hardly ever wear an outfit without
using some form of Ankara, whether a bag, scarf, belt, top etc. etc.
I feel incomplete without this. Oh and FOOD, I love my African food.
What inspired the name for your business?
It was difficult to find a name that encompassed the whole concept, so I evetually came up with SENGA which is simply my name, AGNES reversed! I didn’t like the name Agnes growing up, hence the change.
Interestingly, I’ve recently found out that ‘SENGA’ in Uganda means Agony Aunt. It’s uncanny, as my friends call me Aunty Senga/Agnes!—
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Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.