This popular print is dotted with colorful ovals, each one containing a determined-looking bird in flight. Variegated lines that run across the background add to the feeling of movement and freedom.
The Speed Bird
Like many African Wax Prints, Speed Bird is known by a number of different names. In Togo, it was used to make airline uniforms, and now goes by the name Air Afrique. In Ghana, it’s also known as Rich Today, Poor Tomorrow — a reminder that your money can fly away at any time. In the Ebo region, meanwhile, this print is called Eneke, after the proverbial bird who adapts to changing circumstances: Since hunters have learnt to shoot without missing, he has had to learn to fly without perching.