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Designing kangas that celebrate queer love
Artist and LGBTQ+ activist Kawira Mwirichia is reclaiming the culturally significant garment to celebrate queer love in Kenya.
Sunny Dolat wants to set a new standard for African fashion
A small island off the coast of West Africa is about to host a truly representative African arts and fashion festival.
Drawing water out of thin air
How Majik Water tapped a water source that is all around us.
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.
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.
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 was launched on 27th February 2019 at the place where it all started – Design Indaba Festival.
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.
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.
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.
Lyra Aoko uses the colour red as part of a photographic exploration of womanhood
The Nairobi-based artist talks inspiration, collaboration and changing narratives.
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.”
Photographer Sarah Waiswa’s striking imagery explores the persecution of those with albinism
Called Stranger In a Familiar Land, her photo series addresses the treatment of those with the condition in Africa.
Producer, instrumentalist, DJ and vocalist.
Meet the 9 Global Graduates that presented at Design Indaba Conference 2018
These young graduates presented projects that speak to the water crisis, the power of sound, social entrepreneurship and so much more.
Brenda Livoi on leading Kenya’s largest innovation hub
The Gearbox mechanical lead chats to us about creating more space for women in the African tech sector.
Afrofuturist Osborne Macharia's Magadi takes a fantastical look at a pressing issue
At Design Indaba 2017, Osborne Macharia introduced the audience to Magadi, a new series which focusses on a group of former female circumcisers.
Afro-centric UX Designer.
Mark Kamau wants to bring wifi access to more people who cannot afford it
“My interest is not my ego, my interest is to help with design."
This Migrant Business
This short film by Kenyan artist and animator Ng'endo Mukii looks at the movement of African people to Europe from the point of view of a human trafficker.
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