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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.
Research project produces first map of Nairobi’s informal transport system
Researchers are crowdsourcing data to create a transport system map for the accurate location of matatu routes – Nairobi’s informal transit system.
Grandmothers, Afrofuturism and Nairobi-beats
Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia directs his first film, the music video to Blinky Bill's new song "Atie".
Panâh: An ethical fashion production house in Kenya
This African production house produces high quality clothes for international brands.
Magadi: New work by phenomenal Afrofuturist Osborne Macharia
At Design Indaba 2017, Osborne Macharia introduced the audience to Magadi, a new series which focusses on a group of former female circumcisers.
Osborne Macharia is a self-taught commercial and advertising photographer born and bred in Nairobi, Kenya and with a bachelors in architecture.
Nairobibounce: Meet Kenyan alternative music producer Blinky Bill
Meet "Blinky" Bill Sellanga, one of Kenya's most exciting music producers and a speaker and performer at this year's Design Indaba Festival.
Nairobi-based "Blinky" Bill Sellanga is a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer and one fourth of Kenyan art and music collective, Just a Band.
Smokeless cooking in Kenya
Fighting lower respiratory infection with innovative design.
RED by Lyra Aoko is a photographic exploration of womanhood
We talk inspiration, collaboration and changing the narrative of Africa with the Nairobi-based artist.
Impossible: Kenyan grannies learn karate to fend off would-be attackers
A group of Kenyan grannies, the oldest of whom is 85, meet every week to learn self-defence to help protect themselves against sexual predators.
Yuwote Charvet: The typeface that infuses African symbols with geometry
Kevin Karanja explores African writing systems & 3D design.
Open source wheelchair for developing countries
The SafariSeat by Kenya-based design team Uji is an open-source wheelchair specially tailored to the needs of people living in rural communities.
Everyday episodes of an African reality
Using photography to transform the way people view the daily lives of African people.
My Africa Is: A documentary project that celebrates pop culture in Africa
Filmmaker Nosarieme Garrick discusses the making of her new documentary "Alternative Nairobi" with Nataal.
Sustaining the memory of the ‘Black Mamba’
Cryus Kabiru’s roadster fixation leads to imaginative and nostalgic sculptures.
Osborne Macharia’s little Kenyan battle squad
The man who set the internet ablaze with his astonishing images of eccentric Kenyans has turned his attention to another group of characters: little people.
Flare, the ambulance Uber in Nairobi
Using an integrated ambulance dispatch system, Flare is a next-generation tech product that cuts hours to minutes in medical emergencies in East Africa.
Four ways Africa can influence design
A core theme of the What Design Can Do conference explores what Africa can do for Europe. These are the experts called upon for answers.
Inside Nairobi's growing fashion scene
Nairobi concept store Ichyulu teams up with local photographers and style bloggers to celebrate the city’s growing fashion scene.
Plastic recycling initiative supports waste pickers in developing countries
Amsterdam-based group Reflow drive a socially responsible 3D printing community
“Where is the ‘ME’ in Media?” asks a black woman in photography
South African-based, Kenyan Stephanie Mzee’s new photographic series interrogates the representation of black women in media.
Osborne Macharia on how storytelling can change perceptions
The Kenyan photographer touches on the power of narrative photography with his series “Melanin-0”.
Jua Kali interprets the ingenuity of Nairobi's informal sector
Kenyan artist Tahir Carl Karmali's photomontage series deconstructs hacker culture in Kenya.
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