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30Dec

The idea of having a blood transfusion in Nigeria is not one I find particularly attractive. However, if it is an emergency and I need to stay alive, flying over 5,000 miles back to London before I can get one is not really practical but a stupid move. Over a decade ago, I was in […]






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28Dec

2011 has seen African fashion gain prominence like never before, from Lagos to London to New York, African designers refuse to make a quiet entrance and the world is waking up to their presence. Dolapo Shobanjo is the co-founder of My Asho, a leading online retail outlet for African designs and designers. In our interview, […]






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23Dec

Described as one of the finest designers on the African fashion scene, Beatrice Arthur, of Ghanaian and Russian heritage, is the founder of B’EXOTIO. Known to many as Bee, she has been in the industry for over a decade and keeps pushing the boundaries because for her, fashion is about freedom and that freedom is […]






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19Dec

In the final part of my interview with Fatoumata Diawara, the multi-talented singer-songwriter, whose voice reveals a rare vulnerability that should not be mistaken for weakness, talks about her influences, identity and what she wants people to take from her music. A non-conformist, Diawara defied tradition and escaped Mali as a teenager when under pressured from her […]






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18Dec

Fatoumata Diawara is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, whose voice reveals a rare vulnerability, not to be mistaken for weakness.  A non-conformist, she defied tradition and escaped Mali as a teenager when under pressured from her family to get married. Today, Diawara is using her music to expose the cultural prejudices faced by women across Africa and […]






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14Dec

Lucian Msamati, originally from Tanzania and Zimbabwe, is a seasoned actor of stage and the small screen. In 2010, he became the artistic director of Tiata Fahodzi, described as the leading British-African theatre, which has made placing Africans at the heart of British theatre, its primary goal. Under his guidance, the company recently celebrated its […]






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12Dec

VLISCO, a Dutch owned company is one of the world’s biggest players when it comes to the production of African prints and its relationship with the African continent goes as far back as the 1900s. Its dazzling textiles are a firm part of West and Central African culture. Just how did a fabric not owned […]






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8Dec

In recent years, a fertile artistic landscape has been evoked on the Nigerian art scene. A shift, E. Okecukwu Odita, professor of the History of Arts, Ohio State University says is “fast becoming a topic of eager discussion in national and international circles.” A discourse that is certain to continue with the publication of A […]






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7Dec

If there is a slight chance this post will offend you, I strongly suggest that you stop reading right about now. The cautionary note is because I know, however much one tries in life not to offend, someone will find something offensive. While I have now reached the point in my adult life, where I […]






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3Dec

The recent International World AIDS Day, once again brought the issue of HIV/AIDS to our attention for 24 hours. However, we cannot afford to get complacent and relegate the discussion to a day’s event. I say that because people living with HIV/AIDS don’t live with it for a day. They eat, sleep and wake up […]






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