Africa Top10 Lifestyle & Travel News

1Zimbabwean Scholar Named One of the Most Inspiring Women in the World 

Tererai Trent

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.

SOURCES: CNN

2Ozwald Boateng’s Fashion Show at the Apollo Was an Exploration of Authentic Identity

Ozwald Boateng's Fashion Show

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.

SOURCES: OKAYAFRICA

3Ghana’s Buzzed-About Venice Biennale Pavilion is a Clear First Step in the Country’s Bid to Become a Global Art Destination

Venice Biennale Pavilion

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.

SOURCES: ARTNET

45 African Luxury Interior Designers You Should Know 

African Luxury Interior Designers

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.

SOURCES: ONCHEK

5Kordae Henry Imagines an Alternative African History and Future

Kordae Henry

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

Chobe waters Botswana

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.

SOURCES: IOL

7Take a One-day Guided Hike along South Africa’s Longest Uninterrupted Beach

16 Mile Beach Challenge

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. 

SOURCES: GETAWAY

8Reasons why Ethiopia Needs to Move to the Top of Your Bucket List!

Ethiopia

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.

SOURCES: AFRICA.COM

9Cable Car Set for Mount Kilimanjaro

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

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