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The Southbank Centre’s month-long celebration of African culture with its African Utopia festival, launched under the spreading branches of a multi-coloured, 15 metre high baobab tree. But the colour didn’t end there and today, friday, 20, July, promises to take things to pulsating heights as the festival’s three-day programme of talks and debates which aims […]


Tiffany Amber is becoming one of Africa’s foremost fashion brands. The fashion house is headed by the formidable Folake Folarin-Coker, an award-winning and internationally acclaimed Nigerian designer, renowned for her eclectically contemporary designs. Beyond fashion, Folarin-Coker is an astute business woman, who understands the importance of marrying the art of fashion to the art of […]


In the second of my book review series, Who has The Right To Write About Africa, I am reviewing books by Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya), Helon Habila (Nigeria) and Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Ghana). Enjoy!   One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina Binyavanga Wainaina takes you home to Kenyan in his memoir, as he […]


Who has the right to write about Africa and tell the continent’s story for its multifaceted nature, from languages to cultures to religious beliefs? In his essay, ‘Colonial Fictions: Memory and History in Yvonne Vera’s Imagination.’ Paul Zeleza wrote: “Nowhere is the multidimensional, multifocality and multivocality of twentieth-century African literature more evident than in the postcolonial […]


In case you didn’t know, the multi award-winning Cape Town Company, Isango Ensemble returns to London for a four week season at Hackney Empire and will be there until 3, June 2012.  The Hackney Empire, supported by the Columbia Foundation Fund of the London Community Foundation, will present Aesop’s Fables, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and […]


The Young Vic has a special place in my heart. I have seen some wonderful productions at this theatre including, The Brother Size by Tarrell Alvin McCraney, In The Penal Colony, adapted by Amir Nizar Zuabi, I am Yusuf and This is My Brother, also directed by Zuabi, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August […]


Ade Solanke’s potent new play, Pandora’s Box is described as a lively and compelling examination of loyalty, love and betrayal that reveals the heartbreak behind the difficult choices some parents must make – and the price their children pay. In her own words, Ade Solanke and why she is into theatre that addresses society and how we […]


A new generation of theatre practitioners are emerging and they are telling stories that cut across the multiple-facets of society in a visceral manner as they take on the themes of multi-culturalism, identity, parenting, relationships and much more through the diaspora point of view and voice, about their heritage as Africans born and raised in Britain, but realise that […]


Who would have thought being a T-shirt entrepreneur has the power to evoke a multitude of emotions the way performance poet, Inua Ellams brought it to the fore in his latest theatre offering, Black T-Shirt Collection (BTSC). Currently showing at the Cottesloe, National Theatre,London, it is a narrative of vivid poetic artistry, Ellams takes us on a […]


“In Kinshasa, every day is a struggle and every night is a party. In a city where everything is for sale, Riva has something everyone wants.” – Djo Tunda wa Munga’s debut feature film, Viva Riva! had cinema buffs the world over in awe. Set in Kinshasa, DRC, the film depicts the country’s tumultuous existence […]


“In Kinshasa, every day is a struggle and every night is a party. In a city where everything is for sale, Riva has something everyone wants.” – Djo Tunda wa Munga’s debut feature film, Viva Riva! had cinema buffs the world over in awe. Set in Kinshasa, DRC, the film depicts the country’s tumultuous existence […]


When Moon on A Rainbow Shawl was staged at the Abrons Art centre, Manhattan, New York in 2007, it was described by Rachel Saltz in the New York Times as ‘a slice of life, a lyrical example of kitchen-sink realism that is always alert to its characters’ complex and conflicting dreams and desires.’ With a […]


Judy Kibinge is an award-winning Kenya writer and filmmaker. With a background in advertising, Kibinge is the founder of Seven, a production outfit based in Nairobi. Her films include The Aftermath and Dangerous Affair, which has been described as ‘one of the most important films in Kenya’s film history’. She has also produced a number […]


The most powerful thing you can ever do for yourself is to own your story and tell it ‘your own way and on your terms.’ Ask a journalist, who has worked hard on a story how frustrating it is when that same story is edited to take on a whole new meaning? But they soon […]


Thula Sindi is one of South Africa best known young designers.  Sophisticated, elegant, chic, feminine and timeless adequately describe his creations that graciously adorn the female form in all its facets, both young and matured. Not one to sit around and wait for inspiration, Sindi is constantly documenting his sketches and design concepts in what […]


An innovative and influential force, David Tlale has built a brand founded on the traditional and modern aesthetics of fashion, and creating bold designs with memorable elements. An award-winning designer, renowned for being at the cutting edge, Tlale’s designs defy expectations and convention and they epitomise artistry of an infinite level.  He can be described […]


Zekaryas Solomon, Eritrea born and German raised, believes a dress is “never just a dress, but can be worn and styled in limitless ways. From a twisted, wrapped, or flipped look, where each garment becomes unique to the wearer.” As the man behind the brand, he draws inspiration from his Eritrean heritage, re-interpreting traditional costumes […]


Mustafa Hassanali is the man for whom, fashion is a religion. Esteemed as one of Tanzania’s most revered designers, his flamboyant creations are a fusion of the deeply embedded cultural heritage of Tanzanian society with avant-garde, hip and contemporary styles. Known for showcasing four collections each year, he described his 2010, Parfum d’Amour collection as […]