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By Joyce Sarpong | Celebrating Africa's Art & Culture

Mozart in Nairobi's Korogocho slum

<b>Nairobi, Kenya -</b> Korogocho is one of the largest slums in Nairobi, with 150,000 to 200,000 people living on a plot no larger than 1.5 square kilometres. Poverty, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and widespread HIV/Aids make this neighbourhood a tough place to grow up in.<p>Elisabeth …

Africa

‘Unraveled Threads’: Ghanaian Artist Zohra Opoku’s Latest Work Focuses On Kente & Identity

There’s something very powerful about the way Ghanaian photographer <b>Zohra Opoku</b> has reclaimed her family’s narrative in her latest collection of …

Art

Fespaco 2017: Six things about Africa's biggest film festival

<b>From a timid start in 1969, the Pan-African film and television festival (Fespaco) has today grown into the leading cultural event in Africa.</b><p>It takes place every two years in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, with the stated aim of promoting African cinema.<p>The event is loosely modelled on the …

Born a Crime; Stories from a South African Childhood:Book Review

by Mwizenge S. Tembo, Ph. D Professor of Sociology Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, New York: Spiegel and Grau, …

Racism

'Capital of African film': the Burkina Faso festival celebrating continent's movies

Fans, stars and film-makers travel to Ouagadougou for the 25th Fespaco, the biggest African film event in the world<p>The audience were taking no chances: as the sky brightened over the city in the morning, they lined up outside Ciné Burkina in scarves and horn-rimmed glasses, keen to be the first to …

Meet Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe,The Beauty Queen From Tanzania Who Is Building A Furniture Empire

Weaving in and out of Dar es Salaam’s grating midday traffic in her chauffeured white Mercedes S550, Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe, a svelte 38-year-old beauty, is transfixed by an image of a dining set on her phone. With a slim, elegant finger, she prods her cellphone screen to show me the picture she’s …

Dar Es Salaam

Francis Kéré becomes first African architect of Serpentine pavilion

The architect is planning to bring one of his characteristically stripped-back structures, honed in the villages of his native Burkina Faso, to leafy west London<p>A huge wooden disc will float above the lawn in Kensington Gardens this summer, a wheel of spindly timber slats hovering over a bright …

Africa

A boost for Nollywood with 'The Wedding Party' success

Nigerian director Kemi Adetiba, who directed "The Wedding Party", speaks about the film in Lagos on February 4, 2017. Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei / …

Nigeria

David Adjaye's African American Museum photographed by Brad Feinknopf

These new images by photographer Brad Feinknopf offer a tour through David Adjaye's Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and …

10 Romantic Songs by African Artists

Tiwa Savage featuring Don Jazzy – Eminando<p>Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress Tiwa Savage released the dance ballad “Eminando” in 2013. The …

Rap & Hip-Hop
Africa

7 photographers showing you the real Zimbabwe

Disclaimer: I don’t pray at the feet of social media.<p>Still, before Instagram the image library of Africa was wild, impoverished and hopeless. This …

Swedish Furniture Giant Ikea Plans An All-African Collection In 2019

Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane is one of the African designers in the Ikea-Design Indaba collaboration. Photo: Omar Victor …

Beyoncé

8 Ugandan Artists to Watch in 2017

It’s safe to say that the state of global politics in 2017 have the entire world shook. Between the election of a U.S. President who is trying to …

With 'A United Kingdom,' David Oyelowo shows 'the Africa I know' and why Hollywood needs more female directors

The last time an African prince was at the center of a Hollywood film, Eddie Murphy was “Coming to America” in 1988. That’s because, most often, when images of Africa make it to the big screen, they’re rooted in stereotype: a lanky child, stomach swollen from malnourishment; an impoverished, …

Africa

A Fresh Take on African Fashion Designs

Kibonen NY<p>Kibonen NY is a fashion brand owned by Cameroonian designer Kibonen Nfi. A certified image consultant with a Master’s Degree in …

Hair

Uganda's child stunt actors

Action movies are big business in Uganda's film industry and these children are trained stunt actors.<p>They are known as the Wakastarz and one of them dreams of one day acting with Angelina Jolie.

Angelina Jolie

Made-In-Africa: Brother Vellies Is Transforming Traditonal African Footwear Into High Fashion

<i>Over the next couple of weeks, we at Konbini will be profiling global accessory brands that just happen to be entirely made in Africa.</i><p><b>Aurora James</b> is …

Africa

This South African Opera Singer Will Leave You In Awe

There's never a good enough reason to actually watch the <b>Wendy Williams</b> show, but this comes pretty close.<p>Last week, we were introduced to the …

Africa
Disease

How Technology Can Create New Pathways For An Inclusive, Growing Africa

Central to this new narrative is inclusive growth: the idea that economic growth must come with equitable opportunities for all participants, with …

The Artist Son of Angola's President Talks Style and Censorship in Today's Angola

<i>“Angolans are the vainest people in the world.”</i><p>This is how the documentary <i>Bangalogia</i> from Angolan artist and director <b>Coréon Dú</b> starts. While it might …

Africa
South Africa

<i>AS PART OF THE EXHIBITION, THE ARTIST WILL BE PAINTING A LARGE SCALE MURAL IN THE GALLERY ON WEDNESDAY 18th JANUARY.</i><p>Tyburn Gallery is pleased to …

Art

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Fresh

<b>HERIETH PAUL</b><p>It has been a phenomenally successful year for Tanzanian model Herieth Paul. In February, she was named as a new global spokesmodel for …

Fashion Modeling