1Zimbabwean Scholar Named One of the Most Inspiring Women in the World
Meet Tererai Trent, a Zimbabwean scholar, who is
one of ten women being honored with statues for their inspiring efforts to
promote gender equality. She was nominated alongside media mogul Oprah Winfrey,
Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and the popstar Pink. The list
includes conservationist Jane Goodall, activist Janet Mock, chemist Tracy
Dyson, author Cheryl Strayed and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas. All 10 women
will have life-size bronze figures unveiled by StatuesforEquality in the United
States on Women’s Equality Day on August 26. Trent, 54, was kept out of school
for most of her childhood because of poverty and being a female but she taught
herself how to read and write while living with her parents in rural Zimbabwe.
She relocated to the US in 1998 after she was discovered by an American
non-profit that visited her village. She has since achieved her dreams of
getting a masters and a doctorate. The US-based academic faced domestic abuse
in the pursuit of her dreams and continues to champion girls and women
empowerment through education. Her inspirational story caught the attention of
Oprah Winfrey who gave Trent $1.5 million donations to rebuild her elementary
school in Zimbabwe in partnership with Save the Children in 2011.
2Ozwald Boateng’s Fashion Show at the Apollo Was an Exploration of Authentic Identity
The latest collection from British-Ghanaian fashion designer,
Ozwald Boateng, was inspired by his African roots and the Harlem Renaissance
and proved to be a celebration of authentic identity. When he announced he’d be
staging a fashion show about “AI,” most people assumed he was talking
about artificial intelligence. But to Boateng, who presented a collection at
New York City’s legendary Apollo Theater, AI stood for “authentic
identity.” And the show’s looks left no doubt about his commitment to that
ideal. The looks took West African design touches and combined them with nods
to the Harlem Renaissance. Fitting, as the Apollo is one of Harlem, and the
country’s, most iconic showplaces for black culture. In addition to being a
spectacle in its own right, the show is one of many events taking place all
over Harlem and the rest of New York City between 2018 and 2020 to mark the
centennial of the Harlem Renaissance. Models, who included a few famous faces
like “The Wire” actor Michael K. Williams and musician Jidenna,
showed off natty three-piece suits made of kente cloth, brightly patterned silk
headwraps and enormous wooden circle bracelets that resembled the lip plates
traditionally worn by Mursi tribeswomen in Ethiopia.
3Ghana’s Buzzed-About Venice Biennale Pavilion is a Clear First Step in the Country’s Bid to Become a Global Art Destination
Ghana is making a splashy first foray into the Venice Biennale with
a masterful pavilion designed by architect David Adjaye and artwork from a
stellar roster of African artists. The Venice Art Biennale, the world’s most
celebrated international art event, has a history that is inextricably bound up
with colonialism. Although states such as China have in recent years begun to
present prominent national pavilions, African countries have been thin on the
ground. This year, however, that balance is subtly shifting: Ghana has burst on
to the scene with an exhibition featuring artists based in the country and from
its diaspora. The paintings, photographs, films, sculptures and installations
are presented in a series of deftly curving spaces designed by the architect
Sir David Adjaye, whose most celebrated work includes the Smithsonian National
Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. He is also the
architect of a planned interdenominational National Cathedral of Ghana. The
first-ever Ghana pavilion officially opened on Wednesday in the presence of the
country’s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo. The artists shown include
Turner-prize-nominated painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Nigeria-based,
Ghana-born El Anatsui, who is exhibiting some of his glimmering sculptures made
from reused bottle tops.
45 African Luxury Interior Designers You Should Know
For the greatest in African interiors, look no further than
these 5 stylemakers. Nigerian-German interior designer and home décor expert,
Eva Sonaike, has a perfect stake in the growing global interest in African
design, textiles and products. Taking the world by storm, her aim is to
position the ‘African’ aesthetic in the global textiles and interior industry
as part of luxury interior and lifestyle brands. Ethiopian, Brooklyn based
designer, Hana Getachew started Bolé Road Textiles out of a desire to merge her
love of Ethiopian handwoven fabrics with her career in interior design. Her
affinity for vibrant colors and graphic patterns finally merged with her
upbringing infused with traditional Ethiopian textiles, and Bolé Road Textiles
was born. Most known for his interior collaborations with luxury knitwear
designer, MaXhosa by Laduma in 2014, Mlondolozi Hempe is a creative in
architecture that explores design by tapping into numerous avenues of spaces.
He not only curates product and furniture design, but also spatial planning for
exhibitions, design events and interiors.
5Kordae Henry Imagines an Alternative African History and Future
In a debut short film, Kordae Henry uses science fiction, sound, dance and Afrofuturism to alter the historical and future narrative of the black experience. “I believe that vision is the only idea until we can begin to build futures that involve the mythic, black and the underrepresented in its horizons… I use this as a way to talk about bigger ideas of alienation, the spirits, automation, artificial intelligence, to really allow us to see black bodies in future spaces,” he says. These two things form the basis of his debut short film, Earth Mother, Sky Father: 2030. The film looks at the unethical exploitation of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mineral resources through the creation of a utopian future where colonialism, slavery and corruption do not exist. In this, the Congolese people of Henry’s fictitious world have chosen to protect their wealth from deep within the ground. The story unfolds further through his use of visuals, sound and dance. This film is a segue into the future work Henry wants to do. Combining science fiction, afro-futurism and the future of black cinema, he hopes to explore and fill historical gaps through film.
6An Afro-Roman Palace Set between Water and Desert
Crossing the wide expanse of Chobe waters from Botswana to Chobe
Water Villas in Namibia, all one sees is the row of A-frame peaks, like the
zigzagged scales on a crocodile’s tail. Organic textures, desert sand and
seed-pods capturing the essence of Namibia’s simple beauty. Stylish, chic,
elegant, arty and many other adjectives apply. The attention to detail is
noteworthy, furnishings, fixtures reflect a fine eye for design with an
enviable artistic flair. So too the architecture.
7Take a One-day Guided Hike along South Africa’s Longest Uninterrupted Beach
A new 16 Mile Beach Challenge, in which participants set off for
a gruelling but beautiful endurance hike has been launched. The 16 Mile Beach
Challenge incorporates parts of the West Coast National Park, which hosts some
of the oldest archeological sites in our country and is internationally known
for its extensive bird and plant species. Participants will experience and
discover this area in a unique way – through the eyes of Honorary Field Rangers
who have been working for many many years in the park on a volunteer basis and
know the area like the back of their hand.” This short but captivating
experience, which is only an hour away from Cape Town, is not only a wonderful
personal challenge but also a great opportunity for a breakaway – to disconnect
from stress, reconnect to the beauty of nature, and with yourself.
8Reasons why Ethiopia Needs to Move to the Top of Your Bucket List!
Salt Farms in Makale where farmers still lead their camels for 7
days to these ‘farms’ to breakdown and transport salt blocks all across
Ethiopia in 40 degress Celsius weather. The Danakil Depression is so hard to
put into words. The depression is in the northern part of the Afar Triangle or
Afar Depression in Ethiopia, a geological depression that has resulted from the
divergence of three tectonic plates in the Horn of Africa. Think multicolored
sand and water. The best way to describe the Addis night scene is
beautiful people, amazing music and just an amazing vibe all around.
9Cable Car Set for Mount Kilimanjaro
Around 50,000 tourists climb Africa’s tallest mountain,
Kilimanjaro annually. A cable car could increase tourist numbers by 50 percent
by providing access to the mountain for those unable to climb it. The country
is conducting feasibility studies on possible routes at the moment as well as
environmental impact assessments will be carried out. Authorities say the
length of the route has not been finalised, with various options under
consideration depending on cost and engineering issues.
SOURCES: REUTERS AFRICA
10Vegan Friendly Travel in Africa
Young entrepreneurs in South Africa have tapped into the trend
and transformed veganism to create food that is meat-free and comforting.
Sinenhlanhla Ndlela founded dairy-free ice cream business Yococo, which
features traditional South African flavors like rooibos tea and granadilla.
Chef Elisha Madzivadondo built a vegan following through hearty and satisfying
plant-based burgers using homegrown ingredients. Similarly, many traditional
Ethiopian dishes are vegan. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians observe 180 fasting
days a year, and on those days they eat mostly vegan meals. Many traditional
African meals are already vegan: yam and vegetables, Ghanaian beans and
plantains, South African pap and chakalaka, and Kenyan chapati and vegetable
stew. These everyday African meals contain no meat, dairy, or eggs.
SOURCES: QUARTZ AFRICA