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Through community and collaboration, we create space for African stories and make sustainable socks to carry our messages to the world.
Through community and collaboration, we create space for African stories and make sustainable socks to carry our messages to the world.
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Akụkọ - Bamboo socks with African pride

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Greetings my people, welcome to Akụkọ world!

Akụkọ means story in igbo language. With our roots in Nigeria and our feet in Sweden, we create vibrant bamboo socks that carries stories which connects the African diaspora with the motherland. Through storytelling, aesthetics, movement and style we celebrate and highlight “Afropresentism” - the black presence in diaspora. 

I was born in eastern Nigeria, but I have lived most of my adult  life outside of the continent.

Just like me, most people of african decscent in diaspora struggle to find the balance between staying connected to our roots and adapting to our present environments.

Akụkọ socks is a practical way of expressing ourselves and taking a piece of our roots into every room. Why blend in when we can stand out?

I have always worn colorful socks and I can't recall how many times i have received compliments about them. Finally I started thinking - What if I could convert each time someone comments on my socks to a moment of enlightenment? What if my socks could function as a conversation starter?

One pair of socks at a time, one story at a time we will mark our presence in the diaspora and showcase the real Africa.

The first collection is inspired by a musical instrument called ogene. The ogene is much more than  a musical instrument. It is used by the town cryer to call for gatherings in the villages. 

Ogene instrument

As our ancestors gathered by the sound of the ogene, we extend a hand of friendship and call on you all to our various platforms to tell our individual stories to the world. The ogene collection is the embodiment of African vibrant energy which also calls for a celebration and dance to the rhythms of ogene.   

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The collection will be in 15 different designs and colors in adults and childrens sizes:

  • Dress socks
  • Ankle socks
  •  Athletics socks
     

The Ogene collection  features some works  of a celebrated African writer. These will surface on a detachable story card that is included in the socks packaging.

 OGENE DRESS SOCKS COLLECTION

Dress socks from the Ogene Collection will be available in 15 different styles and colors

OGENE ANKLE SOCKS COLLECTION

Ankle socks from the Ogene Collection will be available in 15 different styles and colors

OGENE ATHLETICS SOCKS COLLECTION

Athletics socks from the Ogene Collection will be available in 5 different colors

Akụkọ is not primarily about socks. We want to use fashion as a tool to connect to our roots and to each other. We will tell diverse stories about Africa and its diaspora - modern stories, forgotten stories, futuristic stories - and most of all - our own stories with our own voice. 

For thousands of years, stories have been used as a way of passing down knowledge and values. They shape our collective identity and culture. Storytelling is a powerful tool to unite and strenghten the bonds between people. 

Every collection will be carefully designed to tell stories that enlightens and empowers. These will be published on our website and social media in form of written words, pictures, illustrations, animations, videos and books.

Through storytelling we will be exploring the similarities and the differences between the African diaspora and our motherland. 

Akụkọ wants to strengthen communities, and that includes all part of the production chain. That's why we have chosen to produce our socks in bamboo.

Cotton cultivation is infamous for its depravation of land and heavy use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and excessive use of water, which has destroyed and displaced local communities all over the world. 

Bamboo is often planted to prevent soil erosion, it can absorb up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare and it produces 30% more oxygen than any hardwood forest of similar size.

When it comes to quality, bamboo textile is really soft and gives a luxury feeling. Bamboo materials also require less washing than most cotton which also plays a part in life cycle of a product. On top of this, the bamboo fibers require less dye than cotton for coloration. They are noted to keep their bright colors significantly longer. 

The socks are produced by our friends at the Malmö based company Malmö Screen Print. The founders are Swedes with African and Bangladeshi roots respectively. To have full control over the production and working conditions, they are running their own sustainable socks knitting unit in Bangladesh. 

We have worked hard on covering every aspect of this project in detail. We have improved everything from designs to business model with the help of professionals, friends, families and our community.

As our products are now fully developed, we are ready to order. The MOQ’s (minimum order quantity) are very high, and that is why we need your support.

While the socks are in production, we will finish building the webshop and the digital platform for the stories.

If the campaign is successful we are ready to launch the webshop and start shipping the rewards during the first weeks of December.

Akụkọ is founded by me,  Arinze Prosper Emegoakor and co-created  with the African diasporan community around me. We are based in Malmö, Sweden. I am also an activist and a board member of Pan African Movement for Justice.

African Entertainment Sweden  • Nordic African News  • Tidningen Hallå (Nov 6th)

Article in Swedish in the weekly newspaper "Tidningen Hallå" - distributed to 150 000 households in Malmö, Sweden.
Article in English in Nordic Africa News - an online magazine dedicated to the African communities in the Nordic countries.
Article in Swedish in online magazine African Entertainment Sweden

A tree does not make a forest. Back us and be one of the distinguished title holders of Akụkọ worldwide community.*

* The titles does not represent the Igbo traditional chieftaincy titles but are rather inspired by them.

See all rewards listed in the right column. 

Note: all rewards include shipping. No extra fees will be charged.

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Dress socks, 15 different styles & colors

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk for the project at this stage is the liquidity, due to the high MOQ. A successful campaign is a solution to this problem.

Another challenge is keeping the balance between going commercial (to finance the storytelling platform and spread the socks over the world) while staying true to our purpose. This is why we want to collaborate closely with our local and global community,

Since we are not producing the socks ourselves, we don't have full control over the production timeline. Contracts with deadlines are written and signed, but of course the risk exists that external factors can affect the production and delivery times.

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    Pledge SEK 50 or more About US$ 6

    Akụkọ Family Member

    Yeay! Welcome to Akụkọ Family, onye nkem!

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    • Subscription to Akụkọ Family Newsletter (be the first to know!)
    • Invitation to launching event
    • General THANK YOU on the project site
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    Pledge SEK 100 or more About US$ 11

    Akụkọ Ambassador

    Congratulations! You are now one of the faces that represents Akụkọ all over the world!

    Includes:
    • Akụkọ badge
    • A digital version of our short story card
    • Invitation to launching event
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    Pledge SEK 150 or more About US$ 16

    Akụkọ Tribe Member

    Welcome! You are now an official member of the worldwide Akụkọ community. Together we will create the world we desire.

    Includes:
    • 1 pair of socks (Choose style & design)
    • Akụkọ badge
    • Invitation to launching event
    • Subscription to Akụkọ Family Newsletter (be the first to know!)
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    Pledge SEK 250 or more About $26

    Akụkọ Nwafo (Child of the soil)

    Oh ye child of the soil! Our ancestors are pleased with you!

    Includes:
    • 3 pairs of socks (mixed designs & styles of your choice)
    • Akụkọ badge
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    • Subscription to Akụkọ Family Newsletter (be the first to know!)
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    Akụkọ Ọzọ member ( Akụkọ chief)

    Congratulations! You are now bestowed with the wisdom of the gods. Remember, your word is your bond!

    Includes:
    • 6 pairs of socks (mixed designs & styles of your choice)
    • Akụkọ badge
    • Invitation to launching event
    • Subscription to Akụkọ Family Newsletter (be the first to know!)
    • General THANK YOU on the project site
    • Akụkọ Ọzọ title certificate - printed, stamped and signed
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    Pledge SEK 1,000 or more About US$ 104

    Akụkọ Ichie (Kings cabinet member)

    Congratulations! You are one of the chosen ones that sit with the king.

    Includes:
    • 12 pairs of socks (mixed designs & styles of your choice)
    • Akụkọ badge
    • Invitation to launching event
    • Subscription to Akụkọ Family Newsletter (be the first to know!)
    • Akụkọ Cabinet Member certificate - printed, stamped and signed
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    Pledge SEK 2,500 or more About US$ 260

    Akụkọ Culture Custodian

    Congratulations! Oh ye mantle bearer, the culture is yours to nurture.

    Includes:
    • 30 pairs of socks (mixed designs & styles of your choice)
    • Akụkọ badge
    • Invitation to launching event
    • Subscription to Akụkọ Family Newsletter (be the first to know!)
    • Special THANK YOU on project site
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    Pledge SEK 5,000 or more About US$ 519

    Akụkọ Odozi Obodo

    Congratulations! You are now one of the most influential members of the Akụkọ community. Your opinions are very important.

    Includes:
    • 30 pairs of socks (mixed designs & styles of your choice)
    • A3 print of Ogene inspired illustration made by local illustrator
    • Akụkọ Odozi Obodo certificate - printed, stamped and signed
    • Invitation to launching event
    • Subscription to Akụkọ Family Newsletter (be the first to know!)
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    Pledge SEK 10,000 or more About US$ 1,038

    Akụkọ Onwa Chieftency title

    Congratulations! You are the light of our community!

    Includes:
    • Painting inspired by the ogene, handmade by a local artist
    • 30 pairs of socks (mixed designs & styles of your choice)
    • Exclusive preview of our next collection (feedback)
    • Akụkọ Onwa Chieftency certificate - printed, stamped and signed
    • Invitation to launching event
    • Subscription to Akụkọ Family Newsletter (be the first to know!)
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    Pledge SEK 25,000 or more About US$ 2,594

    Akụkọ Onuwu

    Congratulations! You have been given the honor to crown the king

    Includes:
    • 3-days accomodation Malmö, meet the Akụkọ team and tour the city
    • 30 pairs of socks (mixed designs & styles of your choice)
    • Exclusive preview of our next collection (feedback)
    • Akụkọ Onuwu certificate - printed, stamped and signed
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    Pledge SEK 50,000 or more About US$ 5,188

    Akụkọ Royalty

    Congratulations! You are a co-designer of the royal Akụkọ creative family.

    Includes:
    • Design a limited edition socks collection in collaboration w. us
    • One handmade ogene, the musical instrument
    • 30 pairs of socks (mixed designs & styles of your choice)
    • 5 pairs of socks from future five collections
    • Akụkọ Royalty certificate - printed, stamped and signed
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Funding period

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