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Roy Allela invents tech that translates sign language into audio
The Kenyan inventor was inspired by his deaf niece to create Sign-IO, a glove that interprets sign language into speech.
Kenyan jeweller uses natural minerals to tell her story
Ami Doshi Shah’s sculptural jewellery pieces tell the story both of Kenya’s intricate past and the country's captivating natural beauty.
The whimsical illustrations of Monica Obaga
“I would say my aesthetic has always been whimsical because all my favourite media as a child were musicals, cartoons, books, comics and fashion.”
Wanuri Kahiu on using film to talk about Africans as joyful and radiant
“I realised that there is more images and more stories of joy than there is of remorse,” Kahiu says of her search for African stories of joy.
Wanuri Kahiu talks Rafiki and being a reluctant activist
"I am truly a creative. I start from a creative space and not from an activist space. I am like the most reluctant activist you will ever meet."
Patricia Kihoro is a singer, actress, radio presenter, improv comedian and digital content creator.
Studio Propolis is a Nairobi-based design workshop set up by husband and wife team, Naeem Biviji and Bethan Rayner.
Design Indaba 2019 – design activism and creativity takes center stage
This year's speakers include David Droga, architects Dong Ping-Wong and Annabelle Selldorf. and filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.
IKEA launches ÖVERALLT collection during Design Indaba Festival
The limited-edition ÖVERALLT collection will be launched on 27th February 2019 at the place where it all started – Design Indaba Festival.
5 Innovations that broke the mould in 2018
Pioneers in their fields, these innovations were made to provide new solutions to old problems.
Could self-examination rape kits curb sexual violence in Kenya?
A team of researchers are developing a tool much like a tampon that rape survivors can apply themselves after an attack.
Dave Hakkens on his mission to help people fight plastic waste worldwide
The designer behind the award-winning project, Precious Plastic will be back at Design Indaba to talk about his latest work.
Nigerian writer Ziki Nelson on his upcoming comic book featuring 15 African artists
"From our perspective, there's no point publishing a Spiderman-esque superhero story. The DCs and the Marvels of this world already do that so well.”
Unscrambling Africa photo project reveals the Africa beyond the slums and safaris
Photographer Mutua Matheka launched his project to show the complex beauty of African cities.
Film director, producer, and author.
5 African Internet start-ups redefining agriculture
It's Sustainable Gastronomy Day, a day that reaffirms that all cultures and civilisations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development.
Pay-as-you-go energy provider delivers power to off-the-grid homes
M-KOPA is considered the world’s leading pay-per-use solar power provider in Africa.
Not African Enough explores the diversity of Kenya's fashion landscape
The Nest Collective’s second book challenges narrow perceptions of African fashion.
How a small Kenyan start-up is disrupting the way the internet works
In his Design Indaba 2018 talk, Mark Kamau talks about how Brck plans to give Google and Facebook a run for their money.
Rovik tells the story of Kenyan migrant warrior in a far away galaxy
“The desire to place [the story] in the Star Wars universe was because we felt there was no African, cultural representation in an apparent galaxy."
Lyra Aoko uses the colour red as part of a photographic exploration of womanhood
The Nairobi-based artist talks inspiration, collaboration and changing narratives.
Jacque Njeri’s vibrant graphic art reimagines the Maasai people in outer space
The Kenyan artist’s MaaSci series is a vivid example of Afrofuturism.
Nairobi’s GoDown Art Centre gets a redesign from Sweden’s White Arkitekter
Scandinavia's largest architecture firm reimagines Kenya’s leading centre for arts and culture.
Blinky Bill on why he does not want to be restricted to a particular music genre
“I want to make genreless sound – but if you absolutely have to place it, it is a mix of hip-hop, afrobeat and jazz.”
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