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Ghana’s wunderkind Ibrahim Mahama to shared his monumental artworks at Design Indaba 2020
Ibrahim Mahama spoke at the 2020 Design Indaba Conference.
Ibrahim Mahama is a Ghanaian mixed-media artist.
Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama will be speaking at Design Indaba 2020
The artist and author is famed for draping buildings in materials, like jute sacks, as a comment on our complicated colonial histories.
Limbo Accra, how design is saving a city caught in limbo
Art platform, Limbo Accra, explores the urban structures of the city of Accra
How digital technologies can help Africa’s smallholder farmers
The various applications of digital tech in agriculture could produce unprecedented results on the continent.
How these Ghanaian developers are creating awareness around e-waste
Ghanaian game developers, Enter Africa, are creating a game that focuses on the issues of safety and sanitation surrounding e-waste dumps.
African architecture: Ornaments, crime & prejudice
Mathias Agbo, Jr. reflects on the importance of African ornamentation and the stories they convey.
DJ Steloo's latest work looks to the ocean for inspiration
Called Stitches From The Ocean, the Accra-based creative says he wanted to let the audience into the other side of his creative process.
Colors of the Earth: Ghana's incredible, rammed earth walls
Ghanaian entrepreneur Joelle Eyeson is experimenting with the sustainable technique that could aid her country's housing problem.
Accra's Arch Xenus is redefining what it means to be a successful architectural firm
We met the founder and principal architect who shared more about their approach to business.
Anarchic creativity in Accra with Francis Kokoroko & Daniel Quist
“We are easily bored, so we are always pushing ourselves to be creative. With photography, with fashion, with whatever we do – we try to do what’s different.”
Reviving the history of cocoa production in Ghana
The team behind the concept will be exhibiting at Design Indaba Festival 2019 to showcase design and architecture's role in shaping place
Smart Havens Africa uses human-centered business models to help the poor build homes
The company looks at developing green houses by promoting sustainable building and also tackling housing poverty.
Making sense of Ghana’s built environment with architect Alice Asafu-Adjaye
Design needs to be driven more by people’s needs and less by ego, says the architect.
Damon Davis explores Ghana's slave past and its impact on black America
“...the world tells us that our identity doesn’t matter and our story doesn’t matter and our lives don’t matter.”
Indelibl wants to make art by Africans more accessible
Both online and offline, the platform is committed to taking art beyond the gallery space.
Acknowledging Ghana's slave trade history with sculptor Kwame Akoto-Bamfo
“As a Ghanaian who is interested and inspired by Ghanaian and African culture, I'm a living witness to the knowledge that is being lost to time.”
Afrolitt founder Pamela Ohene-Nyako on the importance of having black literature voiced and heard
“I feel like some works can really open up one’s imagination and help us envision inclusive and liberated futures.”
Two urban initiatives tackle housing & energy in Ghana
Urban development specialist Farouk Braimah's design projects hope to make life easier for the poor.
Jonathan Dotse makes Virtual Reality experiences in Accra
Jonathan Dotse is a social entrepreneur, technology evangelist, and science-fiction writer living in Accra, Ghana. He also tinkers in virtual reality.
This Ghanaian company is turning plastic waste into asphalt roads
As #PlasticFreeJuly kicks off, we look at a new innovation that allows us to cleanse our environment of discarded plastic bags by building new roads with it.
Ugandan designers create a bloodless, reusable malaria test kit
Here’s how designers in Africa are using technology to bridge the gap between people and healthcare services.
Artist turns Ghana's symbol of scarcity into political art
Serge Attukwei Clottey uses Ghana’s ever-present yellow oil gallons to make a political statement about the environment, history and consumption.
How architecture shapes national identity and helps us understand history
“We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us.”
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