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Meet the Affogbolos

In the lead up to Afro-Polis, a 6-day experiential exhibition taking place in London this October, founder Pierre-Christophe Gam introduces us to its muses, Kolade and Remi Affogbolo. The Affogbolos are an upwardly mobile couple from Lagos, Nigeria. Kolade Affogbolo is an architect and his wife, Remi, who originally hails from Angola, is a lawyer. They’re well-travelled and passionate about art, design and culture. This modern and discerning couple embody the values and aesthetics of ...

Journey to Africa

Since the recent release of Oscar-winning film Twelve Years a Slave, a growing number of African Europeans and African Americans are keen to visit historical sites including Ghana’s Elmina Castle and Badagry in Nigeria. Could a Hollywood movie about slavery boost West African tourism?  Words Stefan Simanowitz could only gaze wistfully towards the North, and think of the thousands of miles that stretched between me and the soil of freedom” writes Solomon Northup, in his memoir ...

Nomad’s Land

Wings meets six obsessive adventurers who have made a lifestyle of traversing Africa, each on a mission to discover it for themselves Words Belinda Otas Travelling by any means necessary, from bike, plane, bus, motorcycle, donkey and on foot may not be your ideal adventure. But for a new generation of African nomads, it's the only way to make the dream of discovering the continent for themselves, a reality. In his bestselling book, charting an epic journey from the Cape to Cairo, South ...
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Africa Luxe

Burgeoning African economies are seeing a rise in aspirational consumers with spending power, causing international luxury brands to pay attention. But what impact will this new influx of high-end labels have on the homegrown luxury market? Words Belinda Otas Africa has traditionally been a source of raw material. Diamonds have been taken out of Africa, sent to London, and brought back as a luxury item, the most desirable of brands,” says Thebe Ikalafeng, regarded as one of Africa’s ...

African Diaspora Stamps

My Life On A Postage Stamp Growing up in the 1990s, designer Jon Daniel noticed a lack of black historical figures on UK postage stamps. He designed and petitioned a set of stamps for UK Royal Mail beginning a journey of discovery about African diaspora heroes, and in turn, himself. Words Nana Ocran "I don’t think of myself as a philatelist”, says Jon Daniel,  Executive Creative Director of the ebb&flow boutique branding company, and now a collector of iconic and retro African ...