Issue 17 13 results

Form & Function

Attention aficionados of great design — make room in your living rooms for the new wave of African talent Words Nana Ocran Good business through good design  is the defining ethos of the Design Africa Network (DNA), a project that links top-notch and well-respected product designers from across Africa. The project’s latest highlight was the Graphic Africa exhibition at Platform, an upstairs gallery space at London’s Habitat store on upmarket Sloane Street. Part of London’s ...

Naija’s Finest

Calabashes clashing in the Matan Fada river, bodies popping in Las Gidi clubs, and birds belting tunes in rainforest canopies — it's time to pack your bags! Life’s too short to not make it an adventure, so fill every month of 2014 with a little Nigerian magic. Words Paul Clammer Photography George Osodi Holiday destinations for self-assured Nigerians have typically revolved around shopping trips to London and New York, but here at Wings, we think there’s never been a better time to ...

How Africa Is Shaping Globalisation

We tend to speak of globalisation as a modern-day phenomenon in which Africa is forced to adapt to global trends. Yet in truth, globalisation goes as far back as the beginnings of international trade and cultural exchange. Furthermore, Africa is not only a recipient but also a key player in this process, both historically and in today’s world… Words Minna Salami To what extent does Africa shape globalisation, the buzzword of our times? How do Africans impact world arts, culture, ...
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Super Innovators

To kick off a new year for new ideas, Wings finds inspiration in the new wave of African innovators who are coming up with ingenious solutions to local challenges. Words Belinda Otas At a time when technology–driven development plays an increasingly significant role in shaping the economic outlook of the developing world, African innovators are equally taking the lead where solutions for local problems are concerned. This has been most prominent in the area of mobile technology, which ...

I’m With The Brand

The retail space in West Africa is experiencing an influx of brands from countries with organised franchise sectors. How is this shaping the market and are local entrepreneurs getting a big enough slice of the pie? Words Nana Ocran While the vibrant street level markets are still dominant, West Africa is experiencing an invasion of brands from countries with organised franchise sectors. Franchisors need this region for the kind of growth that is no longer possible at home. In the process, ...

Diaspora Dinners

For migrants growing up in New York and London, food has the unparalleled power to connect them to a sense of identity… Words Nana Ocran Many an artist, author or philosopher has written about the power of food to transform us. In fact, it was French novelist Marcel Proust who coined the term 'involuntary memory' in his epic novel In Search of Lost Time where the action of dunking a petite madeleine cake in his tea took him right back to his childhood home. The often momentary power of ...

Culture List

A Lagosian publishing house for the people, Afro-Latin beats for oceanside grooving and groundbreaking documentaries – loads of releases to hunker down for the holidays with. Words Nana Ocran Books Wings catches up with Cassava Republic, the most exciting publishing house in Nigeria right now Founded in 2006 by partners Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremy Weate, Cassava Republic, as a chosen name for their publishing house, came to Bibi “from nowhere.” Much like its low-cost, nutritious ...

Sub-Saharan Supper Club

Locals know best, so we asked five foodies from five cities to dish up their city’s top taste destinations… Words Nana Ocran Whether it’s a palate-popping taste of street food from Accra, a South African culinary movement or a secret ingredient from a top Abujan kitchen, sub-Saharan Africa’s pantry is bursting with rich flavours. All are worth savouring, because after all, sub-Saharan Africa has the flavours of the world running through it. With a focus on Nigeria, Ghana, South ...

Banjul Bumsters

Ask any Gambian, to be ‘bumstered’ is to fall for the antics of a certain type of canny con artist Words Edward shepherd It’s another hot day in The Gambia. I am walking home from the market, my plastic bags straining against the fruit and veg, the shirt on my back drenched with sweat. I can’t wait to get home and have a nice cold drink. Suddenly, from a side street emerges a young man in baggy shorts and a red, green and gold vest. He sees me, grins broadly and strides over, his ...

Easy Rider

Does doing your best feel like it comes with a price? Make 2014 your year to achieve success without stress. Words Caroline Shola Arewa As a Wellness Coach, I support people to make important life changes. I also work with organisations on stress reduction and work-life balance. I can be heard repeatedly saying that “being successful doesn’t have to be stressful”. Despite the many stresses of life, it is possible to achieve what you want with less perspiration and more inspirat...
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