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Joselyn Umutoniwase: Representing Rwanda through fashion
Joselyn Umutoniwase quit filmmaking to focus on starting Rwanda Clothing, a Kigali-based label representing fashion in her home country.
The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti
Corinne Joachim Sanon converted her grandfather’s house into a bean-to-bar chocolaterie and created jobs along the way.
Hexagonal emergency housing designed to perform on a long-term basis
Hex House is a low-cost house designed by Architects for Society to accommodate people displaced by disaster or conflict.
Hilary Cottam: Social problems can be solved by using new digital solutions
Social designer and Design Indaba Conference speaker Hillary Cottam posits that digital tools are the key to innovative solutions to modern social problems.
Tiger Maremela uses digital collage to examine black masculinities in the “Rainbow Nation”
Joburg-based Tiger Maremela uses popular South African consumer products in their digital art to examine capitalism, modernisation and black masculinities.
Ugandan motor company unveils Africa's first solar bus
Uganda-based Kiira Motors revealed the first solar-powered bus in Africa – the Kayoola prototype bus.
A tool to remotely monitor and support the rehabilitation of mastectomy patients
Pia Nyakairu has developed a wand-like product and app, which allows physiotherapists to monitor the progress of mastectomy patients over a digital platform.
Fikirte Addis: Designing contemporary Ethiopian garments with a traditional soul
Fikirte Addis, the founder of Yefikir designs, is drawing on Ethiopia's rich cultural heritage to create modern, everyday clothing.
A Danish art pavilion is in transit to a Kenyan slum where it’ll now be a school
The pavilion designed by SelgasCano for a Danish art museum has been packed up and shipped to Africa’s largest slum, to assume its second life as a school.
Grass-based condoms are the latest innovation in safe sex
A group of researchers at the University of Queensland are using a native Australian grass as the key component in designing thinner and stronger condoms.
Ethnographic photographs and digital art converge in Folasade Adeoso's work
Digital artist Folasade Adeoso juxtaposes ethnographic photos of the colonial era with drawn lines, gif animations and flashing flowers of present-day Tumblr.
The Centre for Afrofuturist Studies considers the futurity of black art
Based in Iowa City, the newly founded Centre for Afrofuturist Studies is a two-year artists-in-residency programme that examines blackness, art and technology.
This short film is a meditation on the joys girlhood
Directed by Amirah Tajdin, "Minerva's Lillie's" is a personal portrait of femininity, sisterhood, magic and mothers.
Issey Miyake collaborates with Finnish brand Iittala to design homeware collection
In a collaboration that marks new territory for both brands, Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake and Iittala have released a homeware collection
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.
Al Hamra is an earth brick farmhouse located away from the buzzing capital of Senegal
The architects were faced with the challenge of building a livable home in a seemingly hostile environment.
Haute Baso: Collaborating with Rwandan artisans
Haute Baso, a boutique brand founded by Candy Basomingera and Linda Mukangoga, is committed to collaboration with Rwandan artisans.
Bold monochromatic illustrious work references artist’s African lineage
Berlin-based Diana Ejaita illustrates bold, heavily patterned black and white figures.
What does temporary housing look like around the world?
The Shenzhen Biennale – the only exhibition in the world to focus on urbanism – featured an exhibition focusing on temporary housing across the world.
A rural South African farmhouse clad in 1000 shimmering CDs
South African-based artist r1 used 1000 recycled CDs to clad an abandoned farmhouse in Randfontein, a mining city in western Gauteng.
Dutch students 3D print steel frame for Arc Bicycle
A team of students at the Delft University of Technology have printed the first stainless steel bike using a welding-based 3D-printing technique.
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.
Pan-African collective debuts with visuals shot in the Mozambican savannah
Batuk, a Pan-African collective pioneering a new tribal and electronic sound has debuted with a music video shot in the sparse Mozambican savannah.
An exhibition challenging the stereotypes that diminish black female bodies
“Abandoned Margins” is an exhibition tackling Western beauty standards, cultural identity, historical erasure, trauma, and the representation of black bodies.
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