Jan 4, 2016
Support me by donating to Cancer Research UK & Macmillan Cancer Support
My name is Jelilat Oyetunji, I’m a breast cancer survivor and would like to invite you to join me in a project to fundraise through the vibrant colours of African print.
I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in August 2013. It’s an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone: I had 6 rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
I started this project on January 1, 2016 by wearing the first of 366 different African print attires I intend to wear this year. My goal is to raise at least £100,000 for two cancer charities by December 31, 2016: Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Please donate to Cancer Research UK through my JustGiving page by clicking on the link. Or text your donation by texting ANCR52 £10 to 70070. And don’t forget to claim Gift Aid.
Please donate to Macmillan Cancer Support through my JustGiving page by clicking on the link. Or text your donation by texting ANMS47 £10 to 70070. And don’t forget to claim Gift Aid.
Jan 1, 2016
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, Danfani from Burkina Faso, Kente and Adinkra from Ghana, Aso-oke and Adire from Nigeria, Kanga from Tanzania and many more. I live in London and it’s easier to get a wider variety of ankara here than hand woven 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, African print.
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 loads of ankara pictures in 2016!