Style radar: Wandi Ngema

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On my style radar this week is the adorable Wandi Ngema who regularly keeps it cute and classy in a series of sweet and chic ensembles. I asked her a few questions to know more about what inspires her style and what she enjoys most about fashion.

Summing up her style as “fun, classic and elegant,” Wandi’s biggest fashion inspiration comes from the minimalist yet stylish looks of the incomparable Victoria Beckham, which she describes as “neat, elegant and timeless pieces, perfect for the modern woman.” Like Posh Spice, Wandi has a flair for making simple silhouettes and patterns exciting through the interesting details in the clothing – a pop of colour here, a fun print there, fraying or fringe. She also knows how to combine these pieces in a way that is sophisticated yet cool, chilled yet polished.

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When asked which designer, local or international, she’d hired as her personal tailor, Wandi tells me that what she calls her “obsession” with African print would have her keep it local with South African design house, Khosi Nkosi. This award-winning brand has numerous pieces made with African wax print fabric in its collection. “What I love most about her designs is that they’re timeless,” she says of designer and founder Nobukhosi Nkosi. Wandi’s support for locally-made fashion doesn’t just end there. She says a black wrap dress she purchased from Cape Town-based Koibito Kibun is one of her favourite items of clothing in her wardrobe due to its versatility. “On weekends I wear it with sandals and during the week I can wear it to the office with matching heels.” In the photo below she’s sporting a pretty monochrome tunic dress by the same brand.

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What I adore most about Wandi’s style is its beautiful ease and simplicity. This lovely lady effortlessly switches it up between playful elegance and work-smart chic. She always looks neat and well put together. Although Mrs. Beckham is her style muse, Wandi has her own unique fashion point of view and I’m a huge fan!

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SALE! Get R50 off your first purchase…plus more launch specials at UAC online

Shop online for a variety of African-inspired mixed media accessories from the Urban Afro Concept accessories line. We’re offering discounts and specials on selected items. We sell:

  • Necklaces for men and women
  • Bracelets for men and women
  • Earrings
  • Bangles
  • Rings
  • Hair accessories

We ship worldwide. We also offer FREE shipping for:

  • orders within East London
  • domestic orders over R250
  • international orders over R450.

Subscribe to this blog via WordPress or email to get R50 off* your first purchase. T’s and C’s apply.

Launch specials:

Sale ends Monday, 2 July 2018 at midnight SAST.

Payments can be made via PayPal, PayFast or EFT.


*R50 off purchases of R150 or more. By clicking “Follow” you are accepting our Terms & Conditions. This voucher is issued for the first time you subscribe only. Voucher is valid for 30 days and cannot be redeemed against items already on special or sale.

The Urban Afro Concept online store has finally gone LIVE!!!

As a self-taught jewellery designer I’m always looking to improve and expand my jewellery-making repertoire. I initially got my start in this enterprise way back in 2011 and since then my skills have developed exponentially. I made a few earrings to feed my addiction for this type of jewellery with a few bits and bobs my mother, a fashion designer, had lying around. I’d gotten a number of compliments while wearing the stuff I’d made which got me selling to friends and family. I never would have imagined this collection of accessories made by my own hand would grow to this level.

The accessories I’ve made for the UAC line are a reflection of my own Afroccentric personal style. Every single piece is special to me. It makes me incredibly happy when my customers enjoy wearing the jewellery as much I love making it. The collection now consists of earrings, bangles, bracelets, necklaces, rings and hairbands. I also recently expanded it to include some stuff that both men and women can enjoy.

Which brings me to the launch of the e-boutique. The new Urban Afro Concept website has gone live and I am absolutely ecstatic! I still can’t believe how far I’ve come. UAC fans can now shop my online store at www.urbanafroconcept.co.za for all the little gems I create. I’m so thankful to all the wonderful people in my life who have supported me on this journey from making two pairs of earrings to developing a fully-fledged online store. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for UAC. For now, please check out my site to browse the UAC lookbook and shop the store for the latest in my collection.

Happy shopping!


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We offer worldwide shipping.

We offer FREE shipping for:

  • Orders within East London, Eastern Cape.
  • Domestic orders over R250.
  • International orders over R450.

Launch specials:

  • 30% of all wooden beaded necklaces
  • 30% off wax print ‘bubble’ necklaces

Get R50 off* your first purchase when you follow this blog on WordPress or subscribe to it via email.


*R50 off purchases of R150 or more. By clicking “Follow” you are accepting our Terms & Conditions. This voucher is issued for the first time you subscribe only. Voucher is valid for 30 days and cannot be redeemed against items already on special or sale.

LOADING…the Urban Afro Concept e-store goes live in 3 days’ time!

In addition to being a personal style blog, Urban Afro Concept offers a range of lovingly hand-crafted mixed-media accessories for women (and now men) inspired by the vibrant art and cultural dress of Africa’s people. The collection consists of earrings, bangles, bracelets, rings, necklaces and hairbands. Designs are rarely duplicated so each piece will be unique to the wearer. These accessories are made using a variety of materials ranging from waxed fabrics to wood, glass beads to metal. Many of these materials have been recycled and/or re-purposed.

These little gems will soon be made available for purchase online at the Urban Afro Concept e-store (shipping worldwide). To celebrate it’s official launch on Monday, 25th June 2018 we’re giving UAC fans on Facebook and Instagram a chance to win this beautiful bracelet set in the photo below:

To enter:

  1. Follow Urban Afro Concept on Facebook and Instagram.
  2. Like the competition announcement post.
  3. Comment on the competition announcement post using the hashtag #ILoveUrbanAfroConcept AND 2 words to describe your personal style

Competition closes on Sunday, 24th June 2018 at 11:59PM SAST.

Please note, that this competition is in no way associated with, sponsored, endorsed or administered by, Facebook, Instagram or WordPress. You understand that you are providing your information to Urban Afro Concept and not Facebook, Instagram or WordPress. By agreeing to this contest you agree to a complete release of Facebook, Instagram and WordPress from any claims.

Click here for full competition terms and conditions. Good luck!

Stay tuned to this blog for further updates on the e-store launch as well as future giveaways, special offers and news.

Good night xx

Welcome to the new Urban Afro Concept blog

The Urban Afro Concept (formerly Urban Afro Gypsy) micro-blog has finally expanded! It’s taken a lot longer than I had hoped but I finally managed to create a new space for both my blog and online store.

UAC doubles as my personal style journal and an African-inspired, mixed media accessories collection. The blog, which I’ve moved from Instagram to this platform, will continue to provide readers with fashion and style inspiration through amusing, inspiring and thought-provoking content including tips and tricks, styling ideas, product reviews, celebrity looks (male and female), guest features and pretty much anything fashion-related. History, art, activism, culture, feminism and human rights are further sub-themes which are explored on this platform. The online store is almost complete and will be launching on Monday, 25th June. For now, stay tuned to this site for news and updates on both the accessories line and e-store.