Magic realism, modern and retro pan-African photography, an exhibition tome, plus a book and web project — cultural publications from December to February and beyond
Words Nana Ocran
“I personally believe that no one can see Africa the same way its residents can.” So says Habiba El Gendy, a Cairo-based artist and one of seven other photographers featured in African Lens 2. Beautifully curated by creative artist Aaron Yeboah Jr., this luxurious 122-page, second-edition ...
A new batch of romance novels were released through Nigeria’s well-known Cassava Republic publishing house last year. This marked a distinct spike in a steady, but growing trend towards love stories by writers throughout the African diaspora, and redefining notions of romance.
Words Nana Ocran
Phoenix Advertising Agency rising star Tishe is looking forward to her first date with the sharply dressed Adnan. But she is horrified when she finds out that he is a tailor from Mushin. She vows ...
Curating the Continent
An annual pan-African festival in London, online platforms for poetry and visual politics, plus musical sounds from Dakar to Mauritania – cultural events from September to November, and beyond.
Words Nana Ocran
A Utopian continent
The third annual Africa Utopia festival hits London in September. A cultural hybrid of talks, workshops, live performance, fashion shows and African retail, this year’s festival will host some of Africa’s biggest artists including ...
Words Helen Jennings
Gidi Culture Festival (GCF) is about creating affordable, accessible entertainment for the youth of Africa,” says Chin Okeke, co-founder of Lagos’ new outdoor extravaganza. “I’m passionate about live events and have brought together a team of like-minded entrepreneurs to build a concept that hasn’t been done here before.” The annual festival, now in its second year, has already been dubbed ‘Nigeria’s Coachella’ but GCF is like no other.
Kids and their toys, Afrikan Boy’s long anticipated album and a season of African film – cultural highlights from September to November and beyond...
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…
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.
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 ...