In fashion speak, NY-LOS (New York—Lagos) is the new NY-LON (New York—London). There’s a Nigerian brand of boldness and entrepreneurial zest taking one of the world’s fashion capitals by storm. Wings meets three designers bringing West Africa to the USA’s East Coast.
Words Amber Croyle
In the fashion world, ‘African’ remains one of the hottest buzzwords. African Fashion Week is increasingly successful and now in its third year. Season after season, major American and ...
With West African economies growing in tandem with demand for new urban buildings, how are architects designing for the future?
Words Nana Ocran
It’s little wonder that over the last decade or so, when most people think about African architects, the name that regularly pops up is that of British-Ghanaian David Adjaye, OBE. His many cosmopolitan works include the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, the Skolkovo Moscow School Of Management and two Ghana-based projects — Elmina College in Cape ...
A snapshot from an Arik destination and the story behind it.
CAPE COAST BY KOFI ALLEN
This is a photograph of a fishing village located in Cape Coast, Ghana. It was back in 2004 and I was positioned along the roadside, looking over the village waiting to be served fried plantain and roast yam. The sounds and smells were a mixture of cool sea air, fried food, reggae, hi-life music, lots of laughter, and people discussing all kinds of topics in their language.
I took the shot in ...
Lay of the Land
Alliance For Agriculture, a new collective of International agribusiness specialists, is the first of its kind. It aims to turn West Africa’s fields of dreams into viable projects. Wings asks Victor Politis — Founder of PRI, a project development and financial advisory firm, “Why an Alliance and who stands to benefit?”
Words Victor Politis
Everyone in the Agriculture Value Chain will benefit from Alliance for Agriculture. There is opportunity to attract investment while delivering ...
Designer delicacies from Lagos to London — savvy shopping at some of the best boutiques at Arik destinations.
Words Enyinne Owunwanne
Whether you’re going surfing in South Africa or heading to Lagos for back-to-back meetings, a little retail therapy is a great way to relax after a long day of work (or play).
Forget about keychain souvenirs and t-shirts that will inevitably become pajamas. Pick up something unique and unforgettable for you, for yours, for home. You won’t necessarily ...
Three years ago, Zoe Adjonyoh started selling her culinary creations at a Hackney street festival. Now her Ghana Kitchen is converting foodies to West African cuisine, in droves
Words Nana Ocran
Cook, hostess and savvy culinary entrepreneur Zoe Adjonyoh perfectly embodies the notion of food as a canny vehicle for performance and good old-fashioned socialising in her pop-up Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen (ZGK). Over the last couple of years, her West African-themed enterprise has been stealthily ...
The Brunch Brigade
London’s penchant for an English breakfast is being replaced by brunch, with lashings of delicious influences from abroad. Here are five must-visit spots to while away a Sunday, lovingly reviewed.
Words Hannah Thompson
Something has happened to the weekend breakfast in London. Where once it was the perfunctory, humble refuel to set you up for the day, it has now morphed into its own event; a languid meal that straddles both breakfast and lunch. Yes, the brunch has landed in London. ...
What‘s on & when at Arik Air destinations
Notting Hill Carnival
When August 25-26
It’s not the biggest party in London. It’s not even the biggest party in the UK. Nay, it’s the biggest party in Europe, and it happens every summer on the usually sedate streets of Notting Hill. The August Bank Holiday is when all Londoners, and plenty of tourists, let their hair down, come rain or shine. And shine the carnival does, with two days of jaw-dropping parades featuring around 50,000 performers that prepare year-round ...
Do you ever feel like you’re not really on holiday when your smartphone is within reach? You are not alone. Wings checks out the trend for low-tech breaks: the ultimate in luxury holidays.
Words EMMA FORREST
A truly relaxing holiday has always involved switching off from everyday domestic chores, the daily grind of your job, or a hectic social life. But there has never been a trickier time to unwind. Thanks to global telecoms and internet access it’s getting harder and harder to – ...
Staying In Style
Africa is rapidly emerging as the next frontier in high-end hospitality. Here, industry insiders reveal to Wings what’s powering the success, and describe a new era for African tourism
Words Belinda Otas
"Hotels are a good barometer of a region’s rate of economic development or decline,” says Arthur Gillis, CEO of Protea Hotel Group, a wholly owned South African company, with approximately 130 properties across the continent. “Hotels start going up where there’s travel to ...