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Noma Osula on capturing the beauty of Africa
“I want to portray the beauty I see in Africa and reconstruct the perceived idea of beauty and perfection.”
Netflix product designer on bridging design gaps across borders
Mariam Braimah talks to us about how she is using her experience to facilitate skills exchanges between Silicon Valley and Nigeria.
Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor explores the responsibility of the African artist
"I am an artist first, before anything else."
Nigerian sculptor makes life-sized art using spoons
Abinoro Akporode Collins says he was first challenged by his art lecturer to try unconventional materials for his sculptures.
African architecture: Ornaments, crime & prejudice
Mathias Agbo, Jr. reflects on the importance of African ornamentation and the stories they convey.
Funfere Koroye on product design for the West African consumer
Nigerian product designer has designed a range of products that take into account the uniqueness of a West African consumer.
Cameroonian architect Hermann Kamte on designing resilient African cities
Hermann Kamte is an award-winning architect whose design philosophy looks to the past and present to make cities for the future.
Afrominima is a Nigerian lifestyle brand inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics
The Olubunmi Adeyemi-helmed brand brings the minimalist movement to Africa.
Toyin Ojih Odutola’s portraits show black skin as textured and diverse
“We have enough about what my skin looks like but what does it feel like?’
Feyi Olubodun on what international brands get wrong about the African consumer
"I argue very strongly that sophistication and westernisation don’t mean the same thing. You can be sophisticated and not be westernised."
The African crown reimagined
Inspired by the work of J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Medina Dugger and GIF artist François Beaurain celebrate the complexity of hair in Nigeria.
The bizarre and confounding influence of Dubai on Africa’s emerging cities
Design researcher and built environment designer Mathias Agbo, Jr speaks to Nigerian, UAE-based architect Safiya Yahaya on this phenomenon
Ify Ojo tells the stories we never hear through textile design
The Nigerian, Canada-based designer pays tribute to the women of Africa with Stèlà Textile.
Adebayo Oke-Lawal on using fashion as a tool for social change
"I feel like fashion will be such a huge part of the way Africa shapes its future and the way Africa progresses as a people."
Neo African artist Dennis Osadebe’s new work is begging us to Stand for Something
“I ask myself again and again. What is African art? Who gets to define it? What are its limits? And where is it going?”
Omenka is Africa’s premium art, business and luxury-lifestyle magazine.
Nigerian entrepreneur Oluseun Onigbinde on forming a transparent government
He founded BudgIT to help the citizens of the country understand the way the government spends money.
Nigerian fashion powerhouse Adebayo Oke-Lawal brings Orange Culture to Design Indaba 2019
Androgynous fashion isn’t new but it renews itself, and in doing so it continuously redefines culture, identity and gender politics.
The founder of Orange Culture, a clothing line movement that covers universal silhouettes with an African aesthetic.
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.”
Artist imagines colossal vertical slums in Lagos
Are slums shaping the face of Africa? Nigerian-born artist Lekan Jeyifo conceptualises the future of slums in Lagos.
These striking images offer an alternative view of Nigerian diversity
“One of the biggest statements I try to make with my work is that there is no single Nigerian culture.”
Grigri Pixel is looking for African creatives to participate in a residency in Madrid
The award-winning programme brings together African and European creatives to create urban space interventions.
Nigerian artist Dennis Osadebe on isolation, the future and African art
“For art in a whole continent to be limited to just one label – 'African Art' – is a problem.”
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