So Louis Vuitton unashamedly copied the Masai people of Kenya by using Masai Fabric in LV's latest menswear range. I first saw this in a Fantastic Man editorial where the credits said ''Masai shorts by Louis Vuitton, $900.000.000.0000.000''. Should we Africans get upset about it? If only the Masai people are not at all financially compensated. Do you think they should be? I don't know what happened in this particular situation obviously but it's not the first time African prints, fabrics and general ideas are taken by famous designers and used to make coffers of cold hard Euros and Dollars. Is it ok?
Why haven't we made money from our own ideas as Africans? Why haven't we taken ideas from other continents and became super rich from them? When I saw this, as a business person and somebody who likes pretty things, I thought. Mmm these things look nice, but something didn't quite sit right with the fact that to this day, this kind of one dimensional flow of ideas from one hemisphere to another is still happening, what are the Kenyans getting for this I wonder?