119 Films from Africa & the Diaspora to Check out at TIFF 2018
It’s another stellar lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and Africa is well-represented with 19 films from or about the continent and the diaspora.
2A Cover Version of Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ Has Been Banned in Nigeria
Nigerian rapper Falz adapted ‘This is America’ into ‘This is Nigeria’ and has a viral hit on his hands. With vulgarity as the claim, however, the Nigerian government has now banned his searing indictment of the country’s societal and political woes.
3Architect Sename Koffi Agbodjinou on Building African Smart Cities from the Ground Up
Togo-based architect and anthropologist, Sename Koffi Agbodjinou, is part of a research collaborative and tech incubator that seeks to develop homegrown solutions that will better Africa’s future cities and revitalize the old.
SOURCES: Design Indaba
4On Multiple Screens, John Akomfrah Deftly Weaves Tales of the African Diaspora
In a stunning exhibit at the New Museum, Ghanaian artist John Akomfrah deploys 4 massive video installations to reflect on Africa’s post-colonial history, nature and migration.
SOURCES: New York Times
5One of NYC’s Most Exciting Chefs Just Surprise-Opened His New Restaurant
Chef J.J. Johnson is known for his creative take on West African cuisine, and his newest restaurant promises to deliver an African taste triumph.
SOURCES: Grub Street
6[WATCH] A Love Letter to Africa
In the following video, South African slam poet Koleka Putuma delivers a powerful recitation of the poem she authored, entitled, “Love Letter to Africa.” Putuma uses the medium of spoken word to express her love for Africa, and to highlight the unique traditions, legacies, and culture of the African continent. Her words are carefully chosen and beautifully penned, but to see her speak the words that she has written is a spell binding experience.
7A Street Art Tour of Rabat
Beyond the walls of the prestigious Mohamed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rabat is becoming an open-air art gallery, with local and international street artists leaving their mark behind. Thanks largely to support from the annual Jidar Toiles des Rue festival and Montresso Art Foundation, large-scale murals are popping up around town on national institutions and residential blocks.
SOURCES: Lonely Planet
8Holidaying in Cameroon
Often described as Africa in miniature or a microcosm of the continent, Cameroon is one of the most diverse countries West Africa. Featuring towering mountains, sprawling grasslands, traditional villages, stunning beaches, arid semi-desert, volcanoes, jungles, and much much more, it’s also stable and inexpensive. You could spend weeks traversing this fascinating country busing to traditional villages, searching for elephants in the forest, or just lounging on a beach, cold beer in hand, but if you don’t have the luxury of time, here are the 15 best reasons to check out Cameroon.
SOURCES: AFK Travel
9Getting to Know Cape Verde
Shaped like a huge horseshoe, Cape Verde’s 10 islands have a dramatic landscape that blends gorgeous beaches and gargantuan volcanoes, picture-postcard sea ports and sunsets enhanced by wind-blown sand from the nearby Sahara.
10A Star Bed Experience Awaits You in Mozambique
Many people who yearn for a private escape with their loved one will find Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort new Star Bed Experience rather fascinating. The Mozambique resort was created for guests who want some alone time with their other half. The remote island getaway blends a Robinson Crusoe-style adventure with the authentic luxuries Anantara is famous for.