Africa in Hollywood

Africa is IN, all over Hollywood. You might be surprised at some of the biggest celebrities you never knew were from Mama Africa. Then, there are those celebrities who love to enthrall themselves with the bright colors and patterns of Kitenges just like those you see on some our Amani products. Whether Hollywood celebrities are from Africa or just wearing African fashion, the continent is well represented on the red carpet!

Did you know both Lupita Nyong’o and Charlize Therone were born and raised in Mama Africa?

Lupita, most noted for her Oscar award winning performance in 12 Years a Slave, is the first Kenyan woman to win an Oscar. She says, "When I look down at this golden statue may it remind me, and every little child, that no matter where you are from your dreams are valid."

Charlize Therone is a native of South Africa. You might have seen her in films such as Cider House Rules, Mighty Joe Young, or the Legend of Bagger Vance. But, it was her performance in Monster that won her an Oscar for Best Actress in 2003.

Djimon Hounson was born in the small West African country of Benin, before immigrating to France at the age of 13. He is most known for his Oscar nominated rolls in Amistad, Gladiator, and Blood Diamonds. Pictured is his then-girlfriend Kimora Lee Simmons. Her dress was designed by Kevin Hall and hand painted in Ghana.  

Did you know the batik products made by Amani ya Juu (aprons, placemats, and napkin sets) were all hand-dyed by the women of Amani?

Last year's heart breaking tale The Good Lie is a must see. This movie shares the tail of Sudanese orphans making the journey to a refugee camp in Kenya after a northern militia killed their family. The actors who played these orphans were all refugees themselves as children ( Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Kuoth Wiel ). Many women of Amani ya Juu, including our founder, know first-hand what it is like to be a refugee. (History of Amani)

You don’t just have to be from Africa to represent it. Check out all of these Grammy Award winners (Rhianna, Gwen Stefani, and Lady Gaga) representing Africa through every day fashion gems.


 Even Amani has made its way into the spot light. Allie Gonino, best known for her role as Laurel Mercer on The Lying Game, is pictured with our Robertsport Clutch at a Pass the Light premier.


Amani ya Juu creates many Hollywood-worthy designs. Check out our clothing, jewelry, and accessories---all in the colors and prints of Africa!


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