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Sunny Dolat wants to set a new standard for African fashion
A small island off the coast of West Africa is about to host a truly representative African arts and fashion festival.
How artists and architects are helping residents to claim their right to the city
Grigri Pixel invited a group a creatives from Africa and Spain to work together in Madrid to try and find out.
Post-colonial Congolese architecture: green, local and volcanic
Designer Nicolas-Patience Basabose talks about the past and the future of architecture in the DRC.
DJ Steloo's latest work looks to the ocean for inspiration
Called Stitches From The Ocean, the Accra-based creative says he wanted to let the audience into the other side of his creative process.
Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala on new ways to tackle electricity shortage in Uganda
The CEO of Bakulu Power takes us through their work in Buvuma, one of the only districts without electricity in the country.
Faith XLVII talks about the importance of staging Aurum in South Africa
The artist and her collaborators, Pure and Inka Kendzia, talk to us about the interactive performance piece.
Jomo Tariku on changing perceptions around what constitutes modern furniture
“The modern furniture industry treats African furniture as something of a novelty,” says the Ethiopian-American furniture designer.
Faith XLVII on the power of collaboration
"Entering into collaborations with key people in my life has helped me rediscover my root inspiration."
Spanish mural artist, Okuda, uses art to bridge cultural borders
His murals have transformed degraded and abandoned buildings into unique colourful spaces around the world
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."
Merging architecture, entrepreneurship and digital fabrication in Cameroon
"Ours is the first digital manufacturing laboratory for architecture and design in Africa," African Fabbers School founder Paolo Cascone.
On building a disappearing city in the Moroccan Sahara
"As designers, architects know how to build cities, but our field as a whole has not yet grasped how to make them disappear."
Wanuri Kahiu on using film to talk about Africans as joyful and radiant
“I realised that there is more images and more stories of joy than there is of remorse,” Kahiu says of her search for African stories of joy.
Cross Cultural Chairs examines the role of the chair in our modern society
"Analysing a chair you can understand the stature of a culture, what kind of materials they used and what kind of techniques they knew."
Designer Ini Archibong on merging myth and reality to create The Secret Garden
The ECAL graduate spoke about overcoming a difficult time, his design process and the importance of fulfilling a higher purpose.
Zipline is the small medical drone in Rwanda solving a worldwide logistics problem
"Health is where we found the connection between something we knew we could do and a problem that needed solving," Zipline's Keenan Wyrobek.
Ilze Wolff on creating an activist and public culture around architecture
In this architectural practice collaboration with artists is just as important as working with other architects and engineers.
Tumelo Lerata wins most promising award in international housing competition
The "r.i.s.e in the city" design competition is aimed at bridging the gap between entrepreneurship and architecture.
Natsai Audrey Chieza on working with nature to help solve fashion's waste problem
She talks about projects that include dyeing clothes using bacteria, developing a residency programme and her love for Solange, Mafikizolo and Bjork.
Wanuri Kahiu talks Rafiki and being a reluctant activist
"I am truly a creative. I start from a creative space and not from an activist space. I am like the most reluctant activist you will ever meet."
GoGirlsICT is preparing the next generation of coders in South Sudan
The initiative was founded to help fight stereotypes among the youth, especially girls and women using ICT.
Wearables that extend the function of the human body
Machina creates wearable tech in the garments that can make music and enhance your safety at the touch of a button.
Danish designer Johannes Torpe on the power of design to create universes
“To create a universe around our products we actually have to take it out into the hands of the people who have to use it."
Design is as crucial as politics and economic development, says architect Mariam Kamara
"For me, vernacular architecture is about understanding our traditional techniques and rebooting it so that we can make new things.”
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