Tag Archive: Africa

Best of 2017 stories

A few of the stories I was humbled to write during 2017. Look forward to meeting, interviewing and working with some more amazing people. You can click on the images to read. Advertisements

5 gender smashing designers from South Africa you should know

A growing crop of young designers from the continent are defining sexuality on their own terms and rejecting western stereotypes of how and what Africans should be. Take Rich Mnisi, his floating fabrics… Continue reading

Being a global Nigerian – the images of photographer Ima Mfon

“I’ve always liked photography,” says Ima Mfon, on his brave decision to quit a successful job in IT and graduate with a Masters in Photography. “I got to a point where I wasn’t… Continue reading

Chale Wote: Ghana street art festival

Ghana’s Chale Wote street art festival is back and this year’s theme is Spirit Robots. Now in its sixth year, more than 200 artists will descend on Accra’s James Town. The free festival… Continue reading

Ghana Street Photography

  These images will put a smile on any face. A group of snap happy London photographers – Charlie Kwai, Chris Lee and Paul Storrie – have collated street photographs taken while travelling… Continue reading

Afrofuturist menswear Ikiré Jones

The Afrofuturist menswear brand Ikiré Jones spare no punches in its latest editorial detailing asylum seekers living in Italy. “Did you sneer at your newspaper headlines over a warm breakfast, and curse your… Continue reading

South African Performance Artist Athi-Patra Ruga

Performance is one of the most difficult mediums an artist can step into. Riddled with pitfalls there are so many ways work can be misinterpreted or simply lost in translation. This is what… Continue reading

Documenting social inequality in Mozambique

The fluidity of power and social inequality are main drivers in Mario Macilau’s images. The Mozambique photographer’s often thematic series of images were described by London’s Saatchi gallery as ‘a narrative by means… Continue reading

Photography: Capturing life in Nigeria’s Borno State post Boko Haram

Almost two years after more than 200 girls went missing in Chibok, part of Nigeria’s Borno State, Boko Haram remains prevalent in the area. The world has moved on, but the girls remain… Continue reading

Fabrice Monteiro’s Surreal Photographs on Climate Change

Fabrice Monteiro is a Senegal based artist. His images uncanny and occasionally science fiction in nature confront the darkest parts of humanity. Check out his prophecy project – a collaboration with Senegalese costume… Continue reading

Defining Egypt: Artist Sherin Guirguis

For LA-based artist Sherin Guirguis, Mashrabiyas could be used almost as metaphors between private and public identities. “It’s always about the private ideas that are nurtured in [these] spaces that then explode onto… Continue reading

Modern Africa : 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair

Having already introduced some of the exhibitions that are giving a platform to contemporary African art this month, next we focus on Somerset House’s 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair running alongside Frieze Week. The name… Continue reading

Graphic Africa

Contemporary African art is coming into its own and burgeoning right now. As a result there are a few exhibitions happening in London showcasing the most inventive artists from the continent. Many are… Continue reading

5 of the best Art and Design blogs by African and Diaspora Artists

Often the best inspirations come from wasting time surfing the net. And there’s a lot of good stuff out there. And as is traditional this time of year, the media is salivating and… Continue reading

Quazimotto on Wax: Photographer J Quazi King

J. Quazi King is a Brooklyn based fashion and lifestyle photographer rapidly gaining a phenomenal fan base despite having started in photography just two years ago. Focusing on portraiture, the ex- fashion stylist… Continue reading

Bevan Agyemang

Take a look through the works of photographer Bevan Agyemang. The 27-year-old works for men’s online fashion store Oki-ni.com. Of Ghanaian descent his personal works express the effects of multiculturalism in self-representation and… Continue reading

Child’s Play: Children’s animation in Africa

Nigerian animator Adamu Waziri is single-handedly re-igniting children’s entertainment from his studio in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. Frustration at the lack of children’s cartoons showing positive images of the African continent, led him to… Continue reading

Good 50×70

Following on from my previous post on designers collaborating with charities, focus is on Italian based poster project Good 50×70, an annual contest in which seven charities provide a brief on a global… Continue reading

Yoruba mythology gets graphic

Lagos based graphic designer Ola Olowu has created a stunning piece of work based on old Nigerian mythology. The recently released graphic novel Man, Myth and Legend – Shàngó, is a visual feast.… Continue reading

Ghana by Numbers

To most, Ghana is famous for one thing chocolate. But there’s more to this West African nation than Fairtrade cocoa. It has art, music and dance. Here’s a brief summary of the country… Continue reading

Wide open walls of Gambia

                            On a clear October morning, street artist Eelus is painting under the baking heat of the great African sun.… Continue reading

Street Art In The Gambia

Graffiti artist Eelus is curating an art project called Wide Open Walls to encourage sustainable tourism in Gambia. Along with seven other artists they intend to create some stunning murals and set up… Continue reading

Tourism has been a curse and credit to the Maasai

Often referred to as the most famous tribe in East Africa. You can’t help but wonder how much tourism has helped this indigenous group in Kenya. After visiting Nairobi, I felt incredibly sorry for… Continue reading