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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.
Anarchic creativity in Accra with Francis Kokoroko & Daniel Quist
“We are easily bored, so we are always pushing ourselves to be creative. With photography, with fashion, with whatever we do – we try to do what’s different.”
Samuel's Streets documents a radio show in Kinshasa run by homeless young people
#WorldRadioDay: Makhulu Productions' virtual reality film tells the story of how a homeless child found his voice on a Kinshasa radio show.
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.
Jonathan Dotse makes Virtual Reality experiences in Accra
Jonathan Dotse is a social entrepreneur, technology evangelist, and science-fiction writer living in Accra, Ghana. He also tinkers in virtual reality.
Big blue: Three designs that tackle problems of the ocean
On #WorldOceansDay we take a look at three designs that address problems caused by pollution and fishing in our vulnerable oceans.
Look Up is an app designed to stop New Yorkers staring at the mobile phones
Socially-focussed artist, designer and 2017 Design Indaba speaker, Ekene Ijeoma, has found a way to humanise intangible data to trigger empathy and compassion.
Rwanda-based photographer Chris Schwagga on photography as language
Burundese photographer Chris Schwagga uses photography as his language – and, just like words, an image can be very ambiguous.
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."
Amigo Doume is teaching troubled teenagers in Abidjan artisanal skills
Amigo Doume in Abidjan, Ivory Coast gives troubled teenagers – often ignored by support systems that focus on younger kids – the tools to earn a living.
The Araba Belle androgynous capes are inspired by Ghana’s coast
Accra-based fashion brand DoNeal was inspired by the people and landscape of Ghana's Cape Coast.
In the Shadow of the Pyramids explores memory and identity in Egypt
A long-term personal look at how the everyday citizens of Egypt and how things have changed in years since the Arab Spring.
Researchers in Zurich have created fibre from slaughterhouse waste
The yarn is made of gelatine and it has a similar quality to merino wool fibres.
Afrofuturist Osborne Macharia's Magadi takes a fantastical look at a pressing issue
At Design Indaba 2017, Osborne Macharia introduced the audience to Magadi, a new series which focusses on a group of former female circumcisers.
Can an Elton John song help you understand refugees better?
Maybe not Elton John's song itself, but this new music video for "Rocket Man" certainly can.
This Migrant Business
This short film by Kenyan artist and animator Ng'endo Mukii looks at the movement of African people to Europe from the point of view of a human trafficker.
Love Story: A tale of refugees featuring Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore
Forced migration is a recurring theme at this year's Venice Biennale. An installation in the South Africa pavilion interrogates empathy.
Abandoned spaces in Hong Kong
South African artist Faith47 shares the third installment of Aqua Regalia – a video set in the grimy, semi-abandoned spaces of Hong Kong.
African Photography comes back to New York
In a second co-curated exhibition, our media partner Nataal brings a selection of African photographers to New York.
How to help refugees feel at home
Innovators, creatives and philanthropists around the world are working on apps and online platforms that help refugees feel at home in unfamiliar places.
Using your eyes to trick your stomach
Eating designer Marije Vogelzang explores the relationship between the eyes, the stomach and the appetite in her new project, Volumes.
KwaDukuza: A music video that addresses taxi violence in South Africa
The town of KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa grabbed headlines last year for a number of fatal taxi shootings. The video for this hit song address this.
Inarchi: Lights that float against the wall
Light design firm Inarchi create elaborate chandelier light installations for projects all around the world.
Dutch designer Vera de Pont on making fashion sustainable and DIY
She believes fashion could be downloadable and open source where designers become facilitators that guide the customer instead of being in control.
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