But is it “African”? | Design Indaba →

A thought provoking piece about what it means to be African designed and how we as Africans are seeking to redefine ourselves.

I particularly agree with the assertion that, ‘the African context is neither isolated nor static’. Too often we think of Africa as a completely different world that is unaffected by modernity. 

I feel that the same arguments can be made about African fashion. Its not just about bold, colourful prints or huge headpieces.

K-K-K-Kaleidoscope: Janeemo →


And this is the second stall that stood out. You see, Wangari Maathai is my role model, as previously said in one of my posts, so anything that is remotely environmental immediately has my full attention.

Janeemo is a Malawian environmental organisation funded by the Scottish Government. I…

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AFW NY 2010 (Africa Fashion Week, New York, 2010) from Mariusz Kaczmarczyk on Vimeo.

This is from last years event in New York. Isn’t it great to see so many black models without the usual furore?!

London is hosting Africa Fashion Week London this August and I can’t wait.


How Africans Want to Be Seen(SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal)A new exhibit at Li-Space in Beijing’s Caochangdi district aims to refashion the traditional visual impression of Africa – that of famine, war and poverty – through images that show a continent of culture, hope, imagination and dreams.“Africa: See You, See Me!” features the work of 36 African and non-African photographers, including Angele Etoundi Essamba from Cameroon, Moroccan Majida Khattari and Italian Marco Ambrosi.China, which has a growing business presence in Africa, seemed an important place to display the photographs, said Awam Amkpa, the exhibition’s curator, who described the images in the show as an illustration of “how Africans want to be seen rather than how they are forced to be seen.”The Chinese “don’t know the diversity, the robustness of African culture,” Mr. Amkpa, a Nigerian, said. “I think it is an opportunity for us to show this Africa that is a very modern and diverse continent…. We are not always at war. We are not always starving.”Via Liberator Magazine
The most powerful African women (part 1) →

I’ll be waiting to see whose listed in part 2 but at the moment the list seems to be all about Nigeria and South Africa. Do you have any suggestions for ‘powerful’ women who are not from these two countries?

Gorgeous graphic prints by Nigerian born,London designer Duro Olowu Fall/Winter 2011

Kate for Marie Claire Magazine Photographed by Daniella Midenge

Bokùnrin réjo bobìnrin pa á, kéjo má sa ti lo (If a man sees a snake and a woman kills it, what matters is the death of the snake) Yoruba proverb