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Shiri Achu’s art comes from everyday, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects, and her aim is to showcase the diversity of African culture. The Cameroonian born but London based artist has exhibited her work in various cities around the world, including; Adelaide, Lisbon, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Las Vegas and Chiang Mai. As she […]


  The Matalana Visionary – a solo exhibition of works by one of Africa’s most distinguished contemporary artist Valente Malangatana Ngwenya (commonly known as Malangatana) is currently showing at the Gallery of Africa Art.The exhibition – a collection of pencil works, ink drawings and paintings -spans more than four decades of Malangatana’s career as an […]


  Innocent Ujah Idibia, aka 2Face, is arguably one of Nigeria’s best-known music artists. The African Queen-hit maker tells it as it is. Your first single, African Queen, paid homage to the African woman. What is your take on the African woman of today? For me the African Woman is very warm, strong and respectful.  […]


When Zimbawe’s NoViolet Bulawayo, who was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story, Hitting Budapest, the unanimous consensus was that a new literary star was born. Her debut novel, We Need New Names, is a poignant and thought-provoking narrative about her homeland., which […]


She needs no introduction at home or internationally. Chimamanda Ngozi  Adichie is a true African icon of our times. Not only is she one of Africa’s  literary greats, she is an icon the world  has come to love and respect for her  fortitude in speaking openly and fearlessly  on issues ranging from the portrayal of […]


2012 was a formidable year for the African woman – the continent got its second female head of State in Joyce Banda, President of Malawi. The International Criminal Court (ICC) for the first time in its 10-year history got its first African and female Chief Prosecutor, the Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South […]


The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and His Sexy Wife Chipo has been described as “Pure fun” and “A delight from start to finish” by critics. The ultimate African fable, it is storytelling turned on its head from a Zimbabwean sensibility. Produced by Tiata Fahodzi, the leading British-African theatre company in the UK, […]


Sauti Sol’s live concerts are an eclectic display of showmanship, which yields more enthusiasm for their energetic rhythms and electric performance. Their vibrant personalities and sense of style – a combination of colourful outfits, from skinny jeans coupled with blazer jackets made from traditional Kenya fabric to vest tops with suspenders or a T-Shirt with […]


What does it mean to be African or an African living in the diaspora? What about the daughter or son of African migrants born outside the continent, many of whom feel a strong sense of affinity to their motherland? It is a complex and complicated process even to assert the exact number of Africans living […]


  I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes is an exhibition, which features renowned artists and women from the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Women in eastern Congo were provided with cameras and notebooks and were asked to respond to this phrase – I Dream of Congo, and for one week in December 2012, […]


They say art depicts life and Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, an Ivorian artist brings the disputed Ivorian presidential election of 2010, to the fore in a series of painting currently showing at the Jack Bell Gallery, London. Diarrassouba is known for his large-scale, heavily layered, brutally energetic paintings that combine an innocence and spontaneity with the […]


Described as the first pop-up gallery of its kind in London, Transcending Boundaries features the contemporary art of work of 21 leading Nigerian artists, including recognised masters, Edosa Ogiugo, Abiodun Olaku, Ben Osaghae and sculptors Bunmi Babatunde, Fidelis Odogwu and Reuben Ugbine. Artists whose work range in style – from Olaku’s stunningly lifelike oil paintings […]


The first time I heard Zena Edwards as a performance poet, I was a first year student at University. It turns out she had graduated from the same institution, Middlesex University, and studied on the same Creative Writing course I was on. One thing I remember vividly is the fact that as she was ‘spitting […]


The biennial Afrovibes 2012 Festival returns for an extensive national tour of the UK, following its 2010’s inaugural debut.  More than just a show, Afrovibes offers an eclectic and thought-provoking programme of performance from South Africa, including theatre, dance, music and the spoken word.  Produced by UK Arts International,  Jan Ryan, its director believes it […]


A collection of verses and chants for children, Atukwei Okai has put together poetry and illustrations which reminds you of childhood stories as told by grandparents, uncles, aunties and older family members. If his aim was to take parents back in time and remind children about what it means to be a child being raised […]


Hisham Matar wastes no time in laying the foundation for a profoundly moving story about the loss of a loved one and the psychological impact it has on those they leave behind. “My father disappeared at the beginning of my school Christmas holiday, when I was fourteen”, says Nuri. Matar’s protagonist does not know if his father, who […]


Now in its 10th year, The London African Music Festival, which has been described as an “impressively eclectic affair” returns with a diverse line-up of musical talents from the continent and the diaspora. Set to take place across multiple venues in London, the 2012 festival is gearing up to be one for the history books. […]


Leila Djansi is one of the new voices emerging from Africain recent years to help shape the narratives of the diverse people of the continent using the visual platform to portray its culture, values and shared experiences. An award-winning filmmaker, Djansi’s film credits include, I Sing of A Well, an ‘intriguing piece of film’ exposed […]