In Conversation – Shiri Achu: “I’m Not Afraid To Create My Own Market”

Shiri Achu’s art comes from everyday, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects, and her aim is to showcase the diversity of African culture. The Cameroonian born but London based artist has exhibited her work in various cities around the world, including; Adelaide, Lisbon, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Las Vegas and Chiang Mai. As she […]

Malangatana: The Visionary Matters

  The Matalana Visionary – a solo exhibition of works by one of Africa’s most distinguished contemporary artist Valente Malangatana Ngwenya (commonly known as Malangatana) is currently showing at the Gallery of Africa Art.The exhibition – a collection of pencil works, ink drawings and paintings -spans more than four decades of Malangatana’s career as an […]

African Nomads Part I: Lola Akinmade-Åkerström and The Art of Travel Photography

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 […]

One Billion Rising: The African Way

Violence against women is an occurrence Thandie Newton, actress and ambassador for One Billion Rising – a global initiative by Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day to raise awareness about gender violence – describes as “pandemic.”  In Africa, individuals and organisations that have long fought for the better protection of African women refuse to be left […]

African Voices Against Violence on Women Part III: Culture is No Justification for Domestic Violence

Violence against women is a global endemic that cuts across cultural, traditional, religious and socio-economic status. While silence has often masked this grievous crime against women, African women are beginning to speak out with one voice saying “enough is enough.” In this three-part series during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, I will […]

African Voices Against Violence on Women Part II: Domestic Violence is Not A Private Matter

Violence against women is a global endemic that cuts across cultural, traditional, religious and socio-economic status. While silence has often masked this grievous crime against women, African women are beginning to speak out with one voice saying “enough is enough.” In this three-part series during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, I will […]

Bumi Thomas: “Intercultural Exposure Is The Pulse That Runs Through My Music”

Bumi Thomas has such a distinctive sound, I find it hard to compare her to anyone. She is who she is and has grasped what it means to own your voice. I heard her live at an event in late 2011, armed with her guitar and voice, she blew me away. Now take…

God is not a Houseboy

Was tempted to name this post, ‘Why God will not help Nigeria’ but I decided on ‘God is not a House Boy’ because many a time, we misuse God and that I find very worrying. I have observed my fellow Nigerians on social media, from Facebook to Twi…