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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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
The founder of Orange Culture, a clothing line movement that covers universal silhouettes with an African aesthetic.
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.”
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.
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.”
Aso Oke fabric travels from head to toe
A Nigerian designer is translating his passion for traditional Nigerian fabric into an unusual design application.
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."
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.
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.
Top 10 Creative Crowdfunding Projects | November 2017
We've scoured the web for compelling creative campaigns around the globe that you might want to support in their quest for funding. Have a look!
Pearl Recycling is turning Nigeria’s discarded waste into stunning furniture and home décor
The waste upcycling company is creatively solving one of Nigeria’s most pressing issues – waste management.
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