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Trailer: The Venus Bushfires on storytelling and bridging the middle
Helen Isibor-Epega, who performs as The Venus Bushfires, is an optimist, dreamer and musical storyteller who uses her art to build bridges across cultures.
The Venus Bushfires: Two worlds collide in a Pidgin English opera
Nigerian-born Helen Isibor-Epega, otherwise known as The Venus Bushfires, is a singer-songwriter who explains why she likes to tick the "other" box.
Nigerian artist uses posters to tackle issues of climate change
Nigerian artist Fred Martins uses art to trigger an emotional response in the viewer and to convey a serious message about climate change.
Hello Tractor brings African farmers equipment on demand
Nigerian technology startup Hello Tractor is an on-demand farming machinery service for farmers in rural Africa.
Photographer lends his lens to capturing the daily aesthetics of Lagos
Logor Adeyemi captures the ordinary moments in Lagos, the extraordinary African metropolis known for wall-to-wall people and bumper-to-bumper cars.
Fashion designer tackles European perceptions of African men
Ikiré Jones’ new menswear collection, After Migration frames African immigrants in Italy.
A multilingual keyboard promotes the preservation of 12 Nigerian dialects
Nigerian linguist designs a digital keyboard to address the possible extinction of Nigeria’s multiple dialects.
The first survey of the photographic landscape in contemporary Africa
Based on five years of exhibitions hosted by the LagosPhoto Festival, “Africa Under the Prism” beautifully documents contemporary photography in Africa.
All female Nigerian legal start-up makes legal advice accessible
Nigerian start-up, DIY Law, aims to make access to legal services and resources simple and affordable through its online portal.
Four tech-savvy African creators launch a solution to high shipping costs
Shypmate cuts the costs of international deliveries and provides income opportunities for travellers.
Helen Isibor-Epega, otherwise The Venus Bushfires, is a Nigerian-born, London-raised composer, singer-songwriter and performance artist.
The Venus Bushfires: Afro-folk inspired by the goddess of the sea
Nigerian-born singer-songwriter Helen Isibor-Epega, who performs under the name The Venus Bushfires, wrote the world's first ever Pidgin English opera.
We Care Solar: A suitcase that powers health care in developing nations
We Care Solar designs solar-powered systems to meet essential maternity care needs.
Using robotics to spark a new era of problem-solving youths in Nigeria
Project 10 000 Kids teaches robotics and engineering skills to Nigerian school kids.
Artist rediscovering the scenes of ordinary life in Nigeria
Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi observes daily life and paints what she sees, and the result is a collection of witty, touching, and genuine paintings.
3 young African architects focussing on human-centred design
With our attention on shelter solutions, we highlight three young African architects committed to changing their landscapes.
A Nigeria-made Urine Malaria Test kit set to accelerate the fight against malaria
Using the same one-step dipstick technology as the modern home pregnancy test, the Urine Malaria Test kit takes 20 minutes and requires little to no training.
The world’s first hand-woven raffia car in Nigeria
A weaver based in Ibadan, Nigeria has taken the age-old craft of weaving to new heights by weaving the entire body of a car.
Designing Futures: LagosPhoto Festival 2015
This year's LagosPhoto Festival, Designing Futures, looks at dialogues on African design that focus on how we understand our past, present and futures.
Exclusive: Artist Adejoke Tugbiyele on giving voice to the voiceless
Nigerian-American artist and activist Adejoke Tugbiyele uses mixed media to give voice to the LGBTI communities of Africa.
Neva: the device designed to power medical equipment in an outage
Neva, designed by Nigerian scientist Louise Oduyoye, powers medical devices during an outage.
Could 3D printing be the propellant that Africa has needed all along?
Preventing wildlife poaching, prosthetic limbs and robotics in schools: 3D printing has multiple uses. Could it propel the “lagging” continent into the future?
Nigerian students design software for visually impaired mobile users
Obafemi Awolowo University engineering students have built Humane – an app to make smartphone features more accessible to the blind.
Cristina de Middel on her signature brand of filmic photography
The work of Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel has been exhibited worldwide – we found out what goes into her cinematic-style images.
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