Kids and their toys, Afrikan Boy’s long anticipated album and a season of African film – cultural highlights from September to November and beyond...
Words Nana Ocran
An African Season
From autumn through to winter, there’s a proliferation of onscreen African offerings in London, starting with the monthly African Odysseys series at the British Film Institute (BFI). A dynamic programme, it features the two-day Beyond Nollywood festival, sponsored by Arik Air. ...
Pop-up events, galleries galore and a Q&A with Nicole Amarteifo, creator of An African City — art and soul from June to August and beyond…
Words Nana Ocran
AFRO POLIS is a new monthly African art and dining experience with an aura of Renaissance France at its heart. Based on the Gallic 19th-century cultural salons, the pop-up experience has been created by the London-based revivalist, Pierre-Christophe Gam. With his network of journalists, critics and ...
Afrofuturism, a cultural movement that has its roots in the USA in the 1950s, has made a considerable impact on global popular culture over the decades. Now African-based creatives are joining the conversation.
Words NANA OCRAN
Sun Ra, George Clinton, Mark Dery — these are the American names that are most commonly linked with the idea of afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is defined as an emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, ...
West African market-style art at London’s Tate Modern, Director Andrew Dosunmu’s new film and summery songs from Nigeria’s latest leading ladies in music — epic entertainment from June to August, and beyond…
Words Alexander Ponsonby
Titi Lai Lai
Artist: Lami Phillips
Lami Phillips is back with more Afro soul and funk beats with Titi Lai Lai, the first single from her sophomore album, Pieces of Love, which is due for release this summer. With her debut ...
Interview: Sandra Obiago
The power of the creative sector to lift economies, boost morale and promote tourism has proven phenomenal all over the world. Sandra Obiago, the Lagos-based powerhouse behind a wealth of initiatives is on a mission to draw on Nigeria's cultural gold mine .
WORDS Diane Lemieux • PORTRAIT Adolphus Opara
Seated in a comfortable armchair in her living room, development activist, documentary filmmaker and art collector, Sandra Obiago doesn’t have time to sip her ...
Brave New World
Alongside a revolution in technology and mobile telephony taking place across Africa, a futuristic fantasy is bubbling up on the cultural landscape – the madcap world of science fiction.
WORDS Nana Ocran
How would you define African science fiction? A world within a world? A mythical concept, or a loose label that applies to very little within literary or cinematic circles?
According to Jonathan Dotse, Ghana-based writer and creator of the AfroCyberPunk blog, “Africa is science ...
Hey! Mr. Deejay!
Since superstar D'Banj topped UK charts in 2012, Afrobeats music has burst onto the mainstream. How did a cross-pollination of musical genres played in tiny clubs make West Africa so cool?
Words Nana Ocran Photography Boombox Television & Jonathan Perugia
For the last couple of years, Afrobeats UK has become something of a catch-all term for a musical movement that has been forging a triangular route between Ghana, Nigeria and the UK. The relatively recently named genre (the UK bit at ...
Angola's musical and cultural tapestry springs from its frenetic energy. In this soul-tingling part of equatorial Africa, diverse influences coalesce into a booming, modern culture unlike anywhere else in the world.
Words Benjamin Lebrave
1. A History Of Settlers
2. Musical Melting Pot
3. Angolan Adventures
4. Get out of Town
5. Angola by Numbers
6. Getting There
7. Places to Visit
At first glance, downtown Luanda looks like one gigantic construction site. The government is bolstering ...
A few years ago, the term 'Afropolitan' came to define a modern movement in creative realms from fashion to literature. Then came Afropeans, Afro-optimists and Afropreneurs. Wings explores the ideas and subcultures defining an era.
Words Belinda Otas
What does it mean to be African or an African living in the diaspora? What about the daughter or son of African migrants born outside the continent, many of whom feel a strong sense of affinity to their motherland? It is a complex and ...
A Cut Above
Words Nana Ocran
Photography Andrew Esiebo
Skype may seem an impersonal platform for an artist to choose to express their creativity, but when speaking with award-winning photographer Andrew Esiebo via my laptop, his enthusiasm about his latest project is palpable as his cheerful responses come through via a crystal clear London-to-Dakar connection. He has spent around two months happily engaged in a personal journey to capture the world of barbershops and men’s hairstyling across eight ...