Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and girlfriend Nessa Diab joined a host of celebrities on Monday night at the Met Gala 2019 and their looks were inspired by their ancestors from Ghana and Egypt.
The former 49ers quarterback wore a long black jacket with gold trims and also sported four huge gold rings — mostly worned by the royals and Kings in Ghana.
His TV host girlfriend Nessa Diab also corresponded with similar gold theme, inspired by Egyptian royalty.
In 2017, while a free-agent, Colin Kaepernick and Nessa Diab took a trip home to Ghana to find his “personal independence”.
“”What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” – Frederick Douglass.
In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return.
I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah’s Memorial Park.
I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return.”
On Monday night, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Colin and Nessa decided pay homage with their looks. He took to Instagram and this is what he had to say,
“MET GALA 2019. We pay homage to our ancestors with our looks inspired by Ghana and Egypt.
Thank you to Anna Wintour & @voguemagazine for having us. #MetGala”
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MET GALA 2019. We pay homage to our ancestors with our looks inspired by Ghana and Egypt. Thank you to Anna Wintour & @voguemagazine for having us. #MetGala Outfit: @pyermoss @kerbito Rings: @ugomozie Watch: @hublot Stylist: @lovingrachel @bhawkin10 Hair: @jaimealcivar Grooming: @quisdabarber @hiphopmike Litty Creative Visionary Team: @nessnitty @mightykatrinab @miabellenyc @djtonedef @relrelrelrel @kisip 📸: @djtonedef
Since 2016, Kaepernick has been a free agent after he knelt down during the national anthem to protest police brutalities and racial injustices.