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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.”
Can Made in Africa and import culture coexist in West Africa?
We spoke to Funfere Koroye of the Nupe Project, a start-up with ambitious goals for West Africa’s industrial design market.
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.”
Hermann Kamte, the young Cameroonian architect designing for smart cities
Hermann Kamte is an award-winning architect whose design philosophy looks to the past and present to make cities for the future.
Oluseun Onigbinde on using data and tech to foster a more transparent government
Nigerian entrepreneur Oluseun Onigbinde founded BudgIT to help the citizens of the country understand the way the government is spending money.
Aso Oke fabric travels from head to toe
A Nigerian designer is translating his passion for traditional Nigerian fabric into an unusual design application.
Photographer visually deconstructs the myth that being queer is un-African
Celebratory, bright and vibrantly coloured, Limit(less) pictures what freedom can look like for the black queer body.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji on reclaiming the female voice through public performance and protest
The performance artist’s work explores the tense relationship between women, society, space and politics in Lagos.
Nigerian-Jamaican photographer Nadine Ijewere draws on her heritage for #StellaBy series
“I wanted to give a feeling of diversity and not sticking to the rules – being different."
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?’
6 designers who use waste as inspiration for new products
From upcycling found objects into furniture, to jewellery made of e-waste and more.
This Solar Grill makes cooking easier in areas with no electricity
The cooker stores solar energy for cooking at any time of the day.
Can you redevelop a big city like Lagos without displacing the poor?
Urban planner Lookman Oshodi seems to think it is possible.
MaXhosa launches rug collection and appoints new creative director
Changes are afoot for the acclaimed South African fashion brand.
These surreal portraits explore ideas of culture, family, tradition, and gender
Ndidi Emefiele’s art addresses societal expectations of women in Nigeria.
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."
Afrominima is a Nigerian lifestyle brand inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics
The Olubunmi Adeyemi-helmed brand brings the minimalist movement to Africa.
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.
Lagos’ Wooden Tower is an alternative to the city's reliance on concrete buildings
The award-winning tower was designed and conceptualised by Cameroonian Architecture Firm, Hermann Kamte & Associates.
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