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(P)residant: Those who don't let go of power
"I call them 'les presidents residants' because they never want to leave power once in the seat." – Fabrice Monteiro, photographer, Dakar.
Alexis Peskine explores the black experience through unconventional mediums
He speaks on his Afro-French heritage, immigration and the global black experience.
Bibi Seck is the co-founder of the award-winning design and innovation studio, Birsel+Seck.
IKEA launches ÖVERALLT collection during Design Indaba Festival
The limited-edition ÖVERALLT collection was launched on 27th February 2019 at the place where it all started – Design Indaba Festival.
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.
These Senegalese rappers found an ingenious way to report on politics
“There is a long tradition in hip hop here [Senegal], particularly hip hop being political."
Grigri Pixel is uniting creatives on two continents through urban interventions
The projects, which brings together African and European artists, was recently selected in the culture category for the FAD design prize.
"We already live in a dystopian world" – Fabrice Monteiro
Senegalese photographer Fabrice Monteiro believes we are already living in a dystopian world, on an earth that humans have made sick.
Selly Raby Kane on creating sci-fi fashion in Senegal
“I want people to dive into a universe, I want them to dive into a story and I want them to feel like they’re in a timeless space.”
Our top picks for the 2017 Africa Architecture Awards
The shortlist of nominees is out and here are the projects we think could have the most impact.
Ethical and solidarity-based concept-store, combining Africa and modernity.
The striking interpretation of an age-old Senegalese legend
Translating an old adage into striking visual art.
Selly Raby-Kane on being a creative in Dakar
We spoke to the face of Senegalese fashion about why she wakes up at 4am and more.
Making interactive furniture in Senegal
As part of an ongoing exploration of African design, we spoke to Thierry Giles, founder of the first UX research lab in West-Africa.
Young, fashionable and made in Dakar
Three young fashion designers on being creative and running fashion houses in Dakar.
The rhythm of weaving in Senegal
French weaver and designer Johanna Bramble talks us through tradition and texture in her Senegalese studio.
Antoine Tempé: Documenting West African culture
French photographer Antoine Tempé has been living in Dakar, Senegal and works on portraits and documenting contemporary West African culture.
Dakar's Creatives: A photo series that captures the city's movers and shakers
In this photographic series by Jean Baptiste Joire we see Dakar's young creative agents in places in the city that inspire them.
Ibaaku: Creating unique African beats
While in Dakar, we talked to Senegalese music producer Ibaaku about his hypnotic afro-beats.
Contemporary ceramics capture the African heritage
Senegalese ceramicist Fatimata Ly creates contemporary products with a strong sense of African heritage.
Senegalese sneakers by Nio Far
Nnema, which means comfort, is the latest collection by Senegalese shoe brand Nio Far by Milcos.
A taste of Dakar with a touch of nostalgia
This recent winter campaign was shot by South African photographer Rudi Geyser against the backdrop of Dakar's old train station.
Producer Ibaaku on the avant-garde in Senegal
Alien Cartoon marked the birth of a new wave of music in Senegal. Its creator Ibaaku tells us about what inspired the album.
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.
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