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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Numbi promotes all that is gorgeous, funky and fresh in London. A cross-cultural arts platform, it is the place where gifted poets flex their linguistic muscle, talented musicians make you move our feet and cutting-edge filmmakers keep you glued to the screen with their latest films. Numbi is about art, movement, dance, rhythm and it’s […]


The term Ubuntu has come to signify unity for many and it is one I gravitate to. A South African ideology, it focuses on people’s allegiances and relations with each other. I am sure, some folks will find it hard to reconcile how it relates to fashion but fashion is art and art, is an […]


Bumi Thomas has such a distinctive sound, I find it hard to compare her to anyone. She is who she is and has grasped what it means to own your voice. I heard her live at an event in late 2011, armed with her guitar and voice, she blew me away. Now take that magnetic […]


Phew!! An interesting few days, where all sorts have crawled out from the woods to flex and prove intellectual prowess and crass. I hope you don’t find that in any way offensive? Personally, I have had some time to think about it and take in other people’s point of view on the matter. While it […]


SA Sabo was born in Nigeria in 1984 and has been living in London since 2005. In 2009 he was one of ten writers, who won a place on the Arts Council of England/The Literature Consultancy mentoring scheme. He has written two plays, This Earth We Seek and Everybody Knows and his short stories have been published Glasschord and The […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]