Day 1 – Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year.

Hello, my name is Jelilat Oyetunji and today Jan 1st, 2016 is day 1 of my Ankara366 project. I’m from Nigeria and love wearing African print, popularly called ankara in Nigeria.

I plan to wear a different ankara each day, and because 2016 is a leap year this means I’ll wear 366 different clothes made from African print.

I’d like to wear clothes made from different parts of sub saharan Africa, like Bogolan from Mali, Kente and Adinkra from Ghana, Aso-oke and Adire from Nigeria, Kanga from Tanzania and many more. But I live in London and it’s easier to get a wider variety of ankara here than hand made African fabric. If I can I’ll have clothes made from other African fabric,  but for the most part my clothes for this project will be made from ankara.

What type of ankara or African fabric do you wear? Where do you buy it? Is there a story behind the fabric? Please share.

Are you interested? Will you join me in this journey? Do you love ankara or another African fabric? Will you wear it consecutively for 5 days, 10 days, maybe a month, or for as long as you can? I’d love to hear how you get on, and look forward to your pictures. Let’s take a massive number of ankara pictures in 2016.

Happy Ankara 2016!



Day 1


I love the colour of this dress. Yellow reminds me of sunshine and despite the cloudy and rainy day, my dress made it seem brighter. I bought this ankara dress in London last year. Here I’m standing in front of a London tube station, I think my dress  brings some sunshine to it, don’t you think?











11 thoughts on “Day 1 – Jan 1, 2016

  1. Ahh this is so nice. I would love to wear Ankara whenever l can during 2016. However, have thought about linking this to a charity that people can donate to in support of this initiative or they can ask their friends, family to donate to.


  2. Wow! Bright and happy this picture makes me. I love this your new project. Ankara is the new thingy in Naija (Nigeria). Well done. I have also fallen in love with using Ankara. It can be used for any occasion; weddings, official and even dressed down Fridays at work. This is great! Keep up the good work girl friend


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