What to expect combining African Fashion and Technology Creativity – Afrocentric Emoji


African creativity combined with technology has an amazing output which is displayed when we study these three sistsers, Mirian Chinyere Ugokwe, Lilian Chioma Ugokwe and MarySonia Chizoba Ugokwe who foundeed Danshikipride, an international African clothing business  and created an Afrocentric emoji, called AfreekMoji.

speaks onstage during the Discovery Communications TCA Winter 2016 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

AfreekMoji is a medium these sisters and entrepreneurs hope to share and educate the world about their beautiful African culture. In store display, the app carries the following caption: “Featuring over 60 African inspired emojis! Celebrate your Afro-centric or African culture with Afrikmoji! Brighten up your conversations, with our wonderful emoji designs and share your individuality with your family and friends. Happy AfrikMojing!!”

“We, as Africans, definitely have an idiosyncratic way of communicating with one another, and Afro Emoji is really a fun, accessible graphic depiction of that. We are building a modern African hieroglyph that represents us,” Ayoola Daramola, the app’s team leader told Okay Africa.

At first the emojis and expressions seemed more Nigerian, but Washington D.C.-based company updated the app in February, and now offers characters from different parts of Africa in an effort to “give it a pan-African feel.”

Afro Emoji costs $1.99 at the Apple App Store and works on Android and Apple devices.

The sisters are also the founders of Danshikipride, an international African clothing business. This business displays and celebrates African Fashion Creatvitity

The sisters, aged 22 and 21 years old (Mirian and Lilian are twins), were born and raised in Aba, Nigeria, but they presently live in the US.

With parents who are entrepreneurs, these siblings had always wanted to be entrepreneurs too, so, when they moved to the United States in June 2007, they decided to keep their African upbringing alive. A quick peek into their website info page displayed…

“DashikiPride was started by three sisters; Mirian Chinyere Ugokwe, MarySonia Chizoba Ugokwe, and Lilian Chioma Ugokwe. Aged 20 and 21 year old (Mirian and Lilian are twins), these three siblings were born and raised in Aba, Nigeria. Entrepreneurship has always been an avenue which they sought after as their parents are avid entrepreneurs. Moving to the United States in June 2007, they sought to always keep their African upbringing alive. Starting DashikiPride in the summer of 2014, these entrepreneurs hoped to share and educate the world about their beautiful African culture. Knowing the importance of giving back to their community, proceeds from DashikiPride have gone to building various charitable works. Stating their company’s mission, the founders quote “DashikiPride stands for unity and freedom and we invite everyone from all culture and work of life to share this emancipation through our clothes and product”. We also hope to empower young entrepreneurs and women to pursue their dreams. Everyone should strive to take that giant leap of faith in starting a goal and seeing it through. You are never too young or too old to start up something big. The small steps and process could teach the biggest lessons. Never give up on yourself—Be the change you want to see in the world!”