Top 10 African leaders of All Time. What does it take to go down as a great leader on the African continent? Perhaps it requires perseverance and dedication. What about responsibility? Surely, with enormous power comes great responsibility. The personalities we are about to explore had more to them than the above character traits. These African men and women had the highest sense of responsibility mixed with heavy doses of altruism.
Heroes and heroine of their times, these leaders were willing to put everything on the line to encounter the unknown and articulate change in Africa. Join us as we take a journey down memory lane to explore the 10 greatest African leaders of the contemporary era.
Nelson Mandela was one of Africa’s finest citizens and statesmen. Prior to becoming president of South Africa (1994-1999), he sacrificed a great chunk of his life fighting against the apartheid political system in the country. As South Africa’s first black president, his government tackled key racial systems that segregated and tore apart the country’s diverse races. Mandela was a revolutionary who got imprisoned on several occasions for his activism. Upon his release, after 27 years behind bars, his African National Congress (ANC) party won the 1994 general election (South Africa’s first free, multi-racial and democratic election). Affectionately referred to as “Madiba” (his traditional Xhosa clan name), Mandela forgave all his enemies and created a reconciliation commission, which was chaired by Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to probe past human rights violations during the apartheid era. He won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his peace-loving life and the various projects and works to end the brutal decades of Apartheid in South Africa.
Haile Selassie, also known as Ras Tafari Makonnen, was an Ethiopian ruler (1916 to 1974) and emperor (1930-1974). Undoubtedly, Selassie was one of the biggest sons of Africa whose name can never be erased from history. Even at a young age, Selassie showed promising intellectual capacity. His intelligence quickly earned him political appointments from the Ethiopian emperor. Selassie eventually became emperor of Ethiopia upon the death of his father-in-law. During his reign, several schools were constructed, social injustice fell, and the security forces of the state were strengthened. Selassie used his immense influence on the continent to push for a more united Africa. He went on to build an extensive network of ties with African communities in the diaspora as well as other Caribbean islands. Up to this day, some circles within those communities (particularly the Rastafari community) often regard him as the reincarnated messiah.
Kwame Nkrumah is a highly revered Ghanaian politician who led the country in 1957 (formerly Gold Coast) to gain independence from the country’s colonial masters (Britain). One can conclude that he was the founder of Ghana, without being too wrong. Nkrumah was the first president and Prime Minister of Ghana. He was a Pan-Africanist who co-founded the Africa Union (A.U) (formerly the Organization of African Union). Nkrumah returned to Gold Coast after studying abroad for 12 years. He became a revolutionary who got arrested for causing political riots. His tenure as president saw massive developmental projects across the length and breadth of Ghana. Nkrumah’s legacy in Ghana, and even beyond, is unparalleled.
Julius Nyerere is another unforgettable hero of the African continent. He was the first president and Prime Minister of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika). His rule as a statesman lasted from 1961 to 1985. As an intellectual who had masters degrees in economics and history, Nyerere was an African nationalist and a socialist. In 1953, Julius Nyerere co-founded the TANU (Tanganyika African National Union). As president of TANU, Nyerere piled a lot of pressure on Britain for self-rule and governance. His efforts finally paid off on 9th December 1961, as Tanzania gained independence.
Lumumba was a revolutionary Congo politician who helped the country to gain independence. He was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo (now called D.R. Congo) from July to September of 1960. He acquired Belgian citizenship and worked as the president of a Congolese trade union. When he came back to Congo, Patrice Lumumba founded the Congolese National Movement (MNC). Lumumba used Pan-African ideologies to push for independence for his country. Congo gained its independence from Belgium on June 30, 1961 largely due to Lumumba’s struggle. He garnered a lot of public support for his excellent personality and good communication skills. Sadly, Lumumba was ousted from office by Colonel Mobutu and later assassinated in January, 1961. The Congolese nationalist and Father of Congolese Independence Movement was just 35 at the time of his brutal execution.
Kofi Annan’s name cannot be skipped in any important list of African leaders. Even though he wasn’t a mainstream politician, he was a world leader from Africa. Kofi Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who led the United Nations (UN) as its 7th Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. When he was in charge of the UN, Annan tackled the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. He worked to resolve a lot of conflicts in the world. He and the UN were awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. His post-UN Secretary-General years were also very successful. He served as special envoys and headed several organizations in countries such as Syria and Myanmar. The Kofi Annan Foundation, a charitable and global policy think-tank, is just one of the numerous legacy works that owe its existence to Annan. In the early hours of 18 August 2018, news of Annan’s death broke out. The distinguished diplomat passed away at the age of 80. Annan will be forever be etched into our memories as a great leader who tirelessly fought for global peace and hunger eradication.
Thomas Sankara is widely regarded as one of Africa’s political heroes. He was a revolutionary who became Burkina Faso’s president from 1983-1987. Sankara was a strong Pan-Africanist and a supporter of Marxism. He is generally viewed as an icon of revolution or the Che Guevara of Africa. When he was 20, Sankara joined the army and got trained in Madagascar in 1970. That was where he observed how students revolted against the Madagascan government. This experience changed his life forever. Sankara returned to the Upper Volta in 1980. He went on to seize power in 1983 and changed the country’s name from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso. Sadly Sankara’s pursuit of growth, gender equality, and social justice came to an end in 1987. On October 15, 1987, Sankara was brutally assassinated at the age of 37 by his former friend (Campoare), in a military coup.
His name is one of the biggest in the history of African politics. Jomo Kenyatta was an anti-colonial activist who rose to become the first president of Kenya. He was also the first Prime minister of Kenya (1963-1964). Kenyatta played a big role in ensuring that Kenya freed itself from colonial rule. He was the front line politician in the Kenya National African Union (KANU). His ideologies are that of a nationalist and a conservative. Kenyatta also promoted peace between the country’s ethnic groups. He was the one who registered Kenya with the African Union.
Kenneth Kaunda is a Zambian retired politician who became the country’s first president from 1964-1991. As a teacher by profession, Kaunda gained a lot of political experiences when he served as a foreign affairs interpreter and adviser in 1949. He worked under Sir Stewart Browne who was a liberal white colonist. Kaunda later joined the African National Congress and took top positions. Leading the socialist United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kenneth Kaunda used peaceful protests and negotiations to secure independence for Zambia on October 24, 1964.
Africa’s first female head of state’s name cannot be omitted from this list. We still have some space to honor her and also to balance the political equation. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, commonly known as “Africa’s Iron Lady”, is a former Liberian president who was in office from 2006 to 2018. She is a Harvard graduate with an economics degree who fought hard from prisons and exile and became an inspiration to many young female politicians. By the way, she got a Nobel Peace Prize for laying a suitable foundation for women to establish their future.
The one thing that sets the above leaders apart was their unflinching pursuit of progress and peace on the continent. In spite of the enormous challenges that they faced, they always placed themselves at the forefront of developmental issues and prosperity in Africa. The numerous strides that Africa has made, in terms of gender equity and social justice, can firmly be attributed to the 10 great minds above.
50 Best Lacy & Classy Asoebi Styles 2022
We will be looing at the 50 best lacy & classy Asoebi styles of 2022. A woman can never go wrong with a well put together piece of Asoebi. These outfits empower the one putting them on and cannot help but make you think of elegance class and beauty.
Without wasting time here are our top lacy and classy asoebi styles of 2022.
We hope the beautiful ankara styles and designs will go a long way in inspiring your next outfit.
Lagos Floods Carry Away Individuals, SUVs and more
Lagos Floods Carry Away Individuals, SUVs and more. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that the flooding that occurred in Lagos last weekend claimed seven lives.
The Zonal Coordinator, South West, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday.
“The post-emergency phase assessment after the unprecedented rainfall of Friday, 8th July and Saturday, 9th July, 2022 has revealed that about seven people – three children of same parent and four adults – died.
Most expensive hotels in nigeria and their price range
Today we are looking at most expensive hotels in Nigeria and their price range. This is a resource to help you know where youll be laying your head when next you are in Nigeria. For those already within 9ja, this shows you where to go and splurge.
1. Transcorp Hilton Abuja – ₦714,922
Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja is the most expensive hotel in Nigeria in the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria. The hotel is located at Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria, while it has one branch in Calabar.
It has over 667 well expensively decorated guest rooms, suites and executive rooms made available purposely for customers that want to live their luxury life to the fullest.
These guest rooms have different price tags per night depending on the one you want to lodge in; they include:
- The King Guest rooms ₦90,725
- Twin Guest rooms ₦83,172
- King Deluxe rooms ₦97,422
- King Executive room ₦134,472
- Royal room ₦144,922
- King Executive Royal Room ₦188,622
- King Executive Deluxe rooms ₦137,322
- Family Connecting Room ₦135,433
- Twin Executive rooms ₦125,922.
The suites in Transcorp Hilton and their prices are
- Business Suite ₦160,122
- Royal Suite ₦190,047
- Executive Royal Suite ₦267,472
- Business Executive Suite ₦200,972
- Ambassador Suite ₦346,797
- Executive Ambassador Suite ₦377,672
- Executive Presidential Suite ₦714,922
- Presidential suite ₦523,497.
As the most expensive Hotel in Nigeria, the largest room setup in Transcorp Hilton is 823square metres, a well comfortable space to match its price. It is also rated as the number one best hotel in Nigeria.
Transcorp Hilton is the only hotel with 20 different meeting rooms with perfect setups matching its high price. Its largest event room has a space of over 2,505square metres, a criterion that has helped it become the most expensive hotel in Nigeria.
It has one of the most amazing dining rooms you can think of eating in, including Bukka Restaurant, where you can dine on traditional Nigerian cuisine, Capital Bar, Fulani Pool Bar with its traditional thatched roofing, mats and statues reflecting on Fulani’s culture.
Other additional dinings in Transcorp Hilton hotel are Oriental Restaurant, Pastry Shop where you relax with your tea or coffee, Piano Lounge and Zuma Restaurant, all of which can give you the taste of what you want.
Transcorp Hilton hotel has many other beautiful places for its customers, such as Banquets, conference halls, theatre, reception and many more.
To make your stay in Transcorp Hilton hotel an unforgettable one, the hotel has so many amenities that have made them the most expensive hotel in Nigeria, including A tennis court, places to play golf, a business centre, an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.
2. Sheraton Hotel Abuja – ₦629,296
Sheraton Hotel Abuja is the second most expensive hotel among the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria owing to its fine structure, rooms and excellent services from its workers.
The hotel has beautiful and expensive guest rooms you would want to visit with different air conditions and comfortable bathrooms.
The guest rooms in Sheraton Hotel Abuja are of different types and price tags, depending on your choice; the rooms are:
- Classic King room ₦73,479.5
- Superior King ₦102,625
- Deluxe King ₦122,739.5
- Club King ₦142,854.
- Junior Suite ₦155,990
- Club Suite ₦164,610.5
- Club Executive Suite ₦198,271.5
- Club Diplomatic Suite ₦321,421.5
- Club Ambassadorial Suite ₦458,939
- Presidential Suite ₦629,296.5
It is located at Ladi Kwali Way, Abuja, Nigeria. The second most expensive hotel in Nigeria, Sheraton Hotel Abuja, has different suites with mountain views from private balconies.
Any guest in Sheraton Hotel would enjoy signature beds, flat-screen TVs, jetted tubs, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service, criteria that made it become one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria. Sheraton Hotel is also the sixth-best hotel in Nigeria.
The most expensive rooms in Sheraton Hotel gives its users access to its fitness centre, including club-level rooms and suites.
Sheraton Hotel has different types of expensive dining. You could eat some of the best meals you can think of in Sheraton’s dining, either in the Pool Bar & Restaurant, Luigi’s Restaurant or Papillon Restaurant.
3. The George Lagos Hotel – ₦600,000
The George Hotel is the third most expensive hotel in Nigeria in the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria. The highest fee for a guest room in the hotel is ₦600,000. The George Hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels in Nigeria where you can live your luxury life to the fullest.
The hotel was established in July 2015 at number 30 Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. It is also the 5th best hotel in Nigeria.
The George is accessible from different places in Lagos, including Alfred Rewane (Kingsway Road) and Mobolaji Johnson. It is also 10 minutes away from Victoria Island Lagos and 40 minutes away from Muritala Muhammed International Airport through Third Mainland Bridge.
- Classic rooms ₦153,000
- Classic Studio Room ₦183,000
- Executive Room ₦205,000
- Classic suite 9 ₦230,000
- 1 Bedroom Penthouse Suite ₦305,000
- 2 Bedroom Penthouse Suite ₦600,000.00.
As one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria, The George Hotel also has many places for your events and meetings, such as business meetings.
They include Otium Terrace for your dinner parties and exhibitions, Private Dining Room, Bellini Meeting Room, Raphael Boardroom, Antonello meeting room and Titian Lounge.
A reminder to you that you do not have to worry about going out searching for a meal while at George Hotel; they will provide you with the best meals of your choice.
4. Legend Hotel Lagos – ₦543,912
Legend Hotel Lagos is the fourth most expensive hotel in Nigeria in Nigeria’s top ten most expensive hotels. The most expensive guest room in the hotel is ₦543,912.5 per night. It is located less than 4Km away from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos. Legend Hotel Lagos Airport is
The hotel offers private and public dining for its customers, where you can eat one of the most delicious meals ever. Some of the dinings are with airport views while some are not depending on your choice.
Being one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria, The Legend Hotel has 54 guest rooms with different prices depending on your choice; the rooms include:
- King Deluxe Room ₦110,835
- King Deluxe Suite ₦153,937.5
- King Business Suite ₦173,231
- Presidential Suite ₦543,912.5
The Legend Hotel also has an indoor pool with an adjoining terrace bar, a fitness centre, and a steam room, making it expensive and ranked as the fourth most expensive hotel in Nigeria.
Anyone planning for any event can check The Lagend Hotel’s event rooms, which are four different types; some can accommodate over 120 guests while others can only accommodate 50 persons.
5. Southern Sun Ikoyi – ₦510,251
Southern Sun Ikoyi is the 5th most expensive hotel among the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria.
As one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria, the hotel has taxes that pick its customer down to the hotel, especially people arriving from Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja Lagos.
Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel has comfortable guest rooms of different types and price tags with Air-conditioning, comfy great-sleep beds, en-suite bathrooms with a shower, bath, blackout curtains, sound-softened windows, free uncapped WiFi, and flat-screen with DStv; the rooms include:
- Standard Room Queen Bed at the rate of ₦71,016.5 per night
- Standard Wheelchair Room ₦71,016.5
- Executive King ₦81,279
- Executive Room ₦81,279
- Junior Suite ₦188,009
- Standard Suite ₦231,111.5
- Executive Suite ₦510, 251.5.
Being one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria, Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel has a business centre, 8 best-in-class conference venues with space for 10 to 100, a pool and a 24-hour gym with a personal trainer for its customers.
The amazing thing about Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel’s poolside is the availability of an awesome menu of all-day favourites like finger-licking sticky ribs and flame-grilled sliders, fresh and seasonal salads and sundowner cocktails.
All these have contributed to it being among the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria.
6. The Wheatbaker Hotel – ₦429,383
The Wheatbaker Hotel is the sixth most expensive hotel in Nigeria in the list of top most expensive hotels in Nigeria. The Wheatbaker Hotel is a beautiful hotel that is located at the heart of lkoyi Lagos, Nigeria. Specifically at number 4 Onitolo Road Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.
It is also located close to the Lagos business districts of lkoyi and Victoria Island and 35 km away from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria. The Wheatbaker Hotel is also the third-best hotel in Nigeria.
Being among the most expensive hotel in Nigeria, The Wheatbaker Hotel has many beautiful facilities for travellers and other customers to live a comfortable and good luxury life.
It has a well comfortable swimming pool where you can stay and relax your mind. The Wheatbaker Hotel also provides a delicious meal for you if you do not want to go out.
The hotel has many expensive and beautifully well-decorated guest rooms of different types and price tags for its customers, including:
- Executive suites ₦429,383
- Standard queen rooms ₦139,570
- Luxury king rooms ₦139,570
- Executive king rooms ₦153,527.
One of the most amazing things about The Wheatbaker hotel that has made it be among the most expensive hotels in Nigeria is its SPA facial therapies aimed at helping its customer have a relaxed mind and body for healthy living, including Full body exfoliation and Scalp treatment.
The hotel also has three different comfortable and beautiful dining for your eateries, including The Saraya Deli for your buffet lunch and breakfast, The Grill Room Bar for your drinks and the Bars.
As one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria, The Wheatbaker hotel has different conference halls for your meetings and events of any kind.
7. Sheraton Lagos Hotel – ₦412,552.5
Sheraton Lagos Hotel is the seventh most expensive hotel in Nigeria in the list of top most expensive hotels in Nigeria. Sheraton Hotel is a 5-star hotel situated 3.1 km away from Ndubuisi Kanu’s Park Oregun Lagos and 1.8 km away from Opebi.
It is one of the most beautiful and well-furnished hotels you might want to visit in Nigeria. Sheraton Hotel is also the sixth-best hotel in Nigeria.
Being one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria, Sheraton Hotel has over 337 well-furnished expensive guest rooms filled with the required equipment for its customers, such as coffee and tea making equipment.
- The Club King Room ₦92,362.5
- Standard Twin Guest Room ₦79, 226.5
- Standard King Room ₦79,226.5
- Club Twin Room ₦92,362.5.
- Business Suite ₦190,882.5King Suite
- Diplomatic Suite ₦328,400
- Presidential Suite ₦412,552.5.
Owning to its expensiveness, the hotel also has some beautiful places for meetings and events: they provide you with wedding services if you need services for your event.
Sheraton hotel also has leisure facilities for its customers to relax their mind after a hectic day at work or business to maintain your healthy life such as an outdoor swimming pool, Casino, Night club, Entertainment, BBQ facilities, tennis court and fitness centre.
Being one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria, Sheraton Hotel has a review platform for its customers to share their experience, both positive and negative, after vising the hotel.
This review platform in Sheraton Hotel Lagos aims to maintain its spot in the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria by solving its customers’ problems stipulated in its review platform.
8. Fraser Suites Abuja – ₦389,975
Fraser Suites Abuja is the 8th most expensive hotel among the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria. The hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels you might want to visit at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
It is located at Plot 294, Leventis Close, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria, just 30 minutes from Abuja International Airport.
As one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria, Fraser Suites has made beautiful and well-furnished rooms available for its customer.
It has four different types of luxury apartments that are well-decorated to satisfy its customers, including:
- Studio Deluxe ₦114,940
- Studio Executive ₦131,360
- Studio Premier ₦143,675
- One Bedroom Executive ₦180,620
- Two-Bedroom Deluxe ₦377,660
- Two-Bedroom Executive ₦389,975
The hotel has one of the most beautiful dinings in Nigeria, including The Dining Room, The Gazebo and The Café. This has helped it to be ranked in the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria.
The hotel also has many comfortable spaces for meetings and events of any kind. It has sectioned these spaces into two conference rooms, two boardrooms and four breakaway rooms very well suitable for any event or meeting.
The event halls in Fraser Hotel have over 250 capacity, a huge space for any event you want to host. Its event room is one of the biggest event rooms in Nigeria.
Being concerned about the health and wellness of its customers, Fraser Hotel has set up a gym and swimming pool that will help its customers maintain their fitness and well being.
All these properties have made Fraser Suites the 8th most expensive hotel in Nigeria. Fraser Suite is also the 9th best hotel in Nigeria.
9. Radisson Blu Hotel – Suite ₦311,704.
Radisson Blu Hotel is the 19th most expensive hotel in Nigeria in the list of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria. The hotel is located at Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria, 5km away from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
Radisson Blu Hotel is regarded as the 10th best hotel in Nigeria among the top ten best hotels in Nigeria.
Radisson Blu hotel has over 155 well-balanced expensive guest rooms for its customers, including:
- Superior Rooms ₦109,151.95
- Executive Room ₦120,407.86
- Premium Room ₦120,407.86
- Suite ₦276,069.46
- Presidential Suite ₦311,704.
It also has three good and lovely restaurants, one of the best in Nigeria, including Cut Steakhouse, Iyeru Okin and Rbar & Lounge criteria which have made it to be among the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria.
For meetings of any kind or your expensive events, Radisson Blu has a 2,047 square meters space that can accommodate over 400 people.
To enjoy your luxury life in the Radisson Blu hotel, visit its Amani Spa that has eight multi-functional treatment rooms including a couple’s suites, Nail Salon, a Flotation Pool, grand Rasul, separate Men and Women’s steam room and a relaxation area.
As one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria, Radisson Blu also has a review platform where its customers can share their experience after visiting the hotel to fix the unavailable equipment needed by its customers.
10. Four Point Hotel By Sheraton – ₦120,687
Four Point Hotel By Sheraton is the 10th most expensive hotel in Nigeria in the list of top most expensive hotels in Nigeria. The hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels you can check on in Nigeria.
The Four Point Hotel is rated among the top ten best hotels in Nigeria.
Four Point Hotel is located at Plot 9/10 Block 2 Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria. It has many features that have helped it become one of the most expensive hotels in Nigeria.
Being among the top ten most expensive hotels in Nigeria, Four Point Hotel has over 231 well-decorated guest rooms and suites with different prices tags per night, including:
- Superior Room ₦115,761
- Standard Room ₦114,940
- Standard Twin ₦96,467.5
- Preferred King Guest Room ₦119,045.
- Executive Deluxe ₦120,687
- Executive King ₦109,603.5, Executive Twin
- King Suite ₦119,455.5.
One of the things that made Four Point Hotel unique is its multiple dining with different setups and good meals, including Brazzerie, The Office, Chocolat Royal, Arabesque Restaurant, Smokey Bones Restaurant, Shiro Restaurant & Bar and Indigo Indian Restaurant.
Four Point Hotel also has a fitness centre to exercise in your free time and an indoor swimming pool for your relaxation for healthy living.
If you are planning for any event, you can check out the meeting and event centres in Four Point Hotel; the hotel has eight different events halls with Maximum Breakout Rooms of seven.
Now that you have our list of the Most expensive hotels in Nigeria and their price range, we believe that even though most may be pricey, the ambience and services experienced are enough to keep you working hard enough to experience these.
African Hairstyles for Ladies you Should Try in 2022
Here are African Hairstyles for Ladies you Should Try in 2022. When you’re dealing with natural black hair, braided hairstyles will always be your go-to. They are one of the most popular hairstyles for black women, all thanks to the fact they are protective and offer natural haired-women a chance to try different styles. With so many cool variations and techniques of achieving them, it’s hard to narrow down which black braided hairstyles are worth trying, which is why to want to help.
From box braids to cornrows, goddess braids and everything in between, no matter your hair type or length, there’s bound to be a black braided hairstyle, here, you’ll want to try next.
African interlaces are extremely lovely particularly when dealt with by an expert hairdresser. For you to shake your hairstyle with satisfaction and feel the excellence it brings, it is exhorted an expert handles your hair.
Keep scrolling down to see the top braided hairstyles for black women to try now.
Braided Bantu Knots
If you’re a fan of Bantu knots, this braided take on them is all you need to inspire you to try something different. This is a cute style you can create when you’ve got box braids, cornrows or twists installed.
What’s not to love about side braids? They are perfect for any occasion and super easy to achieve with braiding hair extensions.
Wavy Knotless Braids
Have you heard of knotless braids? If not, let us tell you all about them! They’re a great alternative to box braids and cause less tension to the scalp, as they’re installed differently.
Are you crushing on these big twists too? Then, make sure to save this picture for your next hair appointment.
Long Braided Ponytail
This long ponytail braid is great for anyone looking to achieve that long, Rapunzel-esque look. To take this look to the next level, opt for some cute cornrows at the front, as this beauty has done.
Micro Braided Buns
Though micro braids take the longest to achieve, once you’ve got them done, you’ll be able to try a multitude of styles, like these cute space buns.
This popular protective box braid hairstyle is a fave among celebs who often wear theirs in various styles. Credit: @martiniquaisement
Looking for an alternative to braided styles? Get all the benefits of a braided protective hairstyle but with twists like this style queen. Credit: @chrissyford
From loose braids to cornrows, there’s no single way to rock a braided bun. So which style will you pick? Credit: @freshlengths
Double Dutch Braids
Whether you’re hitting the gym or the beach, make these easy double Dutch braids your go-to look. Credit: @sbsb.fr
Are you obsessed with Beyoncé as much as us? They why not recreate her iconic braided hairstyle for extra style stalker points. Credit: @beyonce
With kinky braiding hair, you can get a stylish look that complements your natural hair texture and protects it, too. Credit: @symphanisoto
Two French Braids
Can’t quite get the hang of Dutch braids? Go French instead. Credit: @jasmeannnn
Confession time: our love affair with the classic high bun still burns bright! And since Sister, Sister star Tia Mowry styled her braids into a slick high bun for an A-list event (combining it with dramatic lashes and a swipe of red lipstick), she proved just how chic this ‘do can be!
The bigger the braid, the better the hairstyle! This middle-parted, chunky plait style is bound to get you noticed. Credit: @the_frohaven
Cornrow & Box Braids Combo
This Instagrammer is having plenty of fun with her blonde braids. Teaming her cornrows with box braids is pretty fabulous alone but with her beaded tips, she takes this combination to the next level! Keep slaying, honey. Credit: @leveluphairstylez
We’ve fallen head over heels with Jourdan Dunn’s intricate albaso braids. Credit: @jourdandunn
After a style that’s as cute as it is practical? These pigtail braids are utterly adorable and will keep your strands in check. Credit: @izabelag4
Double Dutch Curly Braids
Getting the best of both worlds, this Instagrammer manages to show off her gorgeous curls with double Dutch braids, neatly secured at the nape of her neck. Credit: @braidsgang
Fishtail braids are a beautiful alternative to three strand braids so stash this braided hairstyle away for a special occasion. Credit: @kiitana
From intricately weaved designs to straight back styles, cornrows are a classic braided style for black women and can be worn as is or underneath wigs and weaves. Credit: @sheliselindo
Box Braid Space Buns
Live your life in bright colours and bold outfits? Then you need to try box braids space buns! Credit: @hairrcastleby_cshami
If you want a style that’s sure to get all eyes on you, try out the chunky twist look that’s so versatile and oh-so pretty!
The sky’s the limit when it comes to braided updos. From power ponytails to beautiful buns, which braided updo will you choose? Credit: @stylesbykrystalj
Braids for Short Hair
Are you stuck for inspiration when it comes to braids for short hair? Then try this sophisticated braided bob, we promise you won’t regret it. Credit: @melviee
Whether they’re real or faux, dreadlocks never fail to impress. Credit: @naturalbabepro
Not only are ponytails pretty much the easiest hairstyle ever, leaving a few pieces of hair hanging loose at the front like this Instagrammer will give you a major ’90s fashion edge. Credit: @samiahamps
Half-Up, Half Down
Get the best of both worlds with a half-up, half-down braided hairstyle. Credit: @kersti.pitre
Two Dutch braid
Why have one Dutch braid when you can have twice the fun with two? Credit: @black.lyst
Editor’s tip: Finish your braided look with the TRESemmé Botanique Air Dry Natural Hold Gel.
Arianna Braided Pony
We like to think Ariana Grande has contributed as much to the hair industry as she has the music scene. While her endless array of fancy hairstyles are a constant source of updo inspiration, we think it’s this braided pony that steals the show. Credit: @the_braid_bar
A halo braid is all the rage with celebs and real girls alike and it’s the perfect boho look for any occasion. Credit: @reneebigtime
Throw it back to the ’90s with these Rihanna-approved dookie braids. Credit: @kyrahsky
Give your hair the illusion of longer fuller braids by using the feed in braids method.
By attaching braiding hair extensions to your natural hair while weaving, you’re left with a more natural seamless finish. Credit: @braidedbytee
Stand out from the crowd with these stunning jumbo braid twists. If you’re looking for a stylish low maintenance hairstyle that protects your strands, you can’t go wrong with jumbo box braids. Credit: @annrdrz_17
Be the goddess you know you are with this beautifully braided ponytail. Credit: @braidedbytee
Editor’s tip: Make styling your hair easy with the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm. Whether you’re creating your styles or need a touch-up while on the go, this is the handbag essential you’ve been missing.
Jumbo Box Braids
Go bold or go home with these supersized jumbo box braids. From her platinum blonde braids to hair cuffs, there is nothing we don’t love about this babe’s braided style. Credit: @miriannjoh
Poetic Justice Braids
Channel Janet Jackson vibes circa Poetic Justice with these small, thin braids. Credit: @nymcfly
When you marry Senegalese twists and goddess locs together, you get passion twists. They’re the perfect summer style! Credit: @braidsgang
Bob braids are the perfect look for the warmer summer months. Not only can do they look great worn down, but they still offer enough length to be worn in a host of creative updos. Credit: @khatbrim
Crochet Box Braids
Looking for alternative ways to get box braids? Try using the crochet method instead to install your braids. Credit: @msnaturallymary
Crochet Braids Twists
These crochet twists are another example of the crocheting method in action. Credit: @rekaylacurls
Rope braids are a popular red carpet look but did you know they’re also one of the quickest (and easiest) DIY hairstyles around? Credit: @alysilverio
Thanks to Rihanna, ‘90s-inspired dookie braids are back for good. If you want to channel her vibes, you can’t go wrong with copying this chunky hairstyle. Credit: @rialfenty
The point of boho braids is for them to look undone and care-free, which is why they’re perfect for festival lovers. Credit: @lipstickncurls
Braided Half Bun
You’ve heard of the hun (AKA the half-up bun), now meet it’s plaited counterpart. This is one of the best braid hairstyles for naturalistas who want the effect of undone hair, yet you don’t want the hassle of maintaining it. Credit: @elainewelteroth
Red Ponytail Braid
A hairstyle that needs no introduction. Credit: @braidmama
Woven with smooth, sleek-looking hair for a glossy look, Senegalese twists are a black girl’s favourite. Credit: @thakoolo
You can score the curls of your dreams by leaving your box braids undone like this. Credit: @nigerianbraidshair
Like to wear your braids in lots of different hairstyles? Then you’ll love these micro braids which make styling a dream. Credit: @arnell.armon
Mohawk hairstyles are a popular choice for black women but if the idea of an undercut and quiff combo doesn’t do it for you, opt for this refined twisted style instead. Credit: @returning2natural
This elegant braiding style allows you to protect your natural strands and show them off, too. Credit: @braidsgang
Curly Crochet Braids
Your secret weapon for envy-inducing curls? Curly crochet braids! Credit: @chimerenicole
Fulani braids are usually accessorised with beads to give a unique and beautiful look. Credit: @gsterl
Single braids (or individual braids) is another term used to describe box braids. Credit: @boxbraidsbr
When you want a hairstyle that’s equal parts stylish and long-lasting, two braids are the way to go. Credit: @_braidsbychristina
Big Box Braids
We love these oversized big box braids for an easy everyday style with a twist. Credit: @eucarinasoares
Kim Kardashian Braids (AKA Cornrows)
Though they’re also known as boxer braids, they’re essentially cornrows and popular with the A-list crowd. Credit: @sarah_bisaro
Ever since Beyonce wore them in her Lemonade album videos, side-swept braids have become more coveted than ever. Credit: @freshlengths
Short Box Braids
Thought you couldn’t rock braids and get in on the short hair trend? Well, you definitely can and this stylish bob is all the proof you need. Credit: @its_jennj
Be the best-tressed in your girl gang with these cute bob-length twists. Credit: @poplaura.b
Tribal braids AKA Fulani braids are a popular choice for black women looking for formal hairstyles and more casual festival looks, too. Credit: @justineskye
We’ve been seeing blue hair everywhere at the moment so these pastel braids are right on trend. Credit: @omglookkitty
For those who like a more natural look, Marley braids are made with a particular kind of hair that gives a more textured finish. Credit: @touchedbytrini
If you’re loyal to your box braids but want to try something new, triangle braids are a fun way to shake things up and add extra detail. Credit: @slayedbymeliz
Heading off to a festival and want a killer hairstyle to complete your look? Get inspired by this Instagrammer’s purple ombre braids, which are giving off major Coachella vibes. Credit: @brialleringer
Medium Box Braids
Not sure which braids to go for? Classic medium box braids are a great style for braids newbies that are guaranteed to suit everyone. Credit: @tach.j
Perhaps the most seamless of braids, tree braids are partially plaited to a certain point (with or without hair extensions) to create the ‘root’, while the rest of the hair is left loose and flowing like this. Credit: @brandiwynae
As the name suggests, these braided styles are woven with yarn braiding hair, making them a great alternative for those who aren’t a fan of synthetic or real hair extensions. Credit: @stellas_out
Alicia Keys Braids
From elegant Fulani braids to cool beaded cornrow styles, Alicia Keys never fails to show us how fun and versatile braided looks are.
If you love braids and top knots, why not marry the two hairstyles together to get this cute look? Working in some hair jewels will earn you extra style points. Credit: @thechicnatural
Braided Wedding Hair
Get the crowd talking on your big day with this gorgeous, doubled braided halo hairstyle. Credit: @stanlophotography
Ombre Box Braids
Proving that ombre works brilliantly with box braids, this Instagram babe has given her dark hair a fun pink twist with her colour choice. Credit: @fatou_amina
An all-over red is a great option for those who are looking to try something different. Credit: @braidingruby
Stitch braids look like traditional cornrows but have a different graphic and linear finish. Unlike regular cornrows, this technique requires a pinky finger and nail to create the lines and a strong-hold gel to keep them in place. Credit: @braidsbyjmarie
Straight Crochet Braids
If you’re after a classic hairstyle that won’t fail to impress, go for this glossy, straight crochet braid hairstyle. Credit: @kiitana
You don’t have to bleach your hair to get in on the unicorn hair trend; just get some coloured braiding extensions and weave them how you like. Credit: @rastafribraid
Gone are the days of boring cornrows! You can give them a fishy update by copying this impressive braiding pattern. Credit: @steph_odia
Long Box Braids
Take a cue from this Instagrammer and embrace the Rapunzel hair trend. Credit: @chanairaskye
Elegant Side Tuck
Prefer to go for a look with a more understated and sophisticated finish? Say no more. Opting for elegant plait hairstyles, like Eva Marcille’s chic side tuck, are the perfect way to take your braids from blah to beautiful in a matter of minutes!
Thick Box Braids
The thicker and bigger the braids, the less time you’ll need to spend waiting for your dream look. Credit: @itsmyrayeraye
Triangle Box Braids
The triangle partings in this braided look take this half-up, half-down hairstyle to a whole new level. Credit: @beautycreationsinsta
Upside Down Braid
Want to make your braided updo hairstyles feel new again? Weave them upside down, just like this beauty has done. Credit: @touchofheavenartistry
Pink Box Braids
Excuse us while we swoon over these pink box braids. Credit: @magavilhas
Delicate Braided Headband
We love this youthful twist (pun intended) on the uber-feminine halo braid. Not only is it perfect for just about any occasion, but it works a treat on almost all hair lengths and textures, too!
Give your mane a dose of the royal treatment by styling your plaits into pompadour bangs!
If ‘subtle’ isn’t your style, and you’re looking for braid ideas that will really turn heads, take inspiration from Glee star Amber Riley and her heavenly halo bun!
From Dianna Agron to Jennifer Lawrence, crown braids have been given the A-list seal of approval, so you will be in good company when following suit. Credit: @dr_kami
Characterised by their beautifully thick appearance, Ghana braids use extensions to help create a fuller-looking finish and best of all, there are so many stylish options you can try. Credit: @futibraids
Blue Half-Up Bun
Striking the perfect balance between cajzh and put together, the hun is a hair saviour for lazy girls the world over. Credit: @stylebymks
Half-Up With Small Braids
We love the way this model has swept her tiny box braids up off of her face with a half-up hairstyle, flattering her facial features while still making the most of her length. It’s basically the best of both worlds! Credit: @vanessa.padi
Taking the front section of your small long box braids and plaiting them into a braided headband looks stunning, plus it adds detail to an otherwise simple style. Credit: @naturally_candace
Strike the perfect balance between sporty and stylish by working your braids into a high ponytail. While it’s true that it’s still one of the most foolproof ways to style your hair in a flash, stars like Teyonah Parris have elevated this style to VIP status by donning the look on the red carpet!
In a hurry and need a fashionable hairstyle? Look no further than this cute side braid. Credit: @fontsize4poetry
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