A Post-Colonial Mentality Persists in Africa

Fredrick Ngugi January 18, 2017

Fashion Trends


Masai woman in Kenya. ca. 1924 – 1941. Photo credit: Pinterest

Although East Africans do not dress in cow hides and banana leaves anymore, it’s unfortunate that many are no longer proud of their African attire, which was once a gateway to our true identity. Instead, many Africans now prefer the latest fancy fashion trends from abroad.

It has gotten to a point where Africans are now buying the so-called “African attires” imported from overseas over the locally made ones, which are high-quality and authentic.

This mindset has also led African women to spend humongous sums of money on fake human hair extensions from China and India.

Although it’s every woman’s prerogative to wear the kind of hair she likes, some women wear these extensions to feel complete and look like their White counterparts, which is definitely a demonstration of an inferiority complex.

Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: January 18, 2017


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