The Real Price of African Coffee

At H.R. Higgins’ aroma-filled store in London’s Mayfair, discerning connoisseurs readily pay a premium for exquisite, high-grade African Arabica coffees. Roasted Malawian Mzuzu coffee beans retail at an eye-watering £47.50 ($70); Tanzanian Kibo Chagga at £47.20; Ethiopian Guji at £46.50 and Kenyan Teaberry at £46.50 per kilogramme at the Duke Street shop. These and other single-origin,…

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Meet Kevin Abraham: The Self-made Stylist and Creative Director Behind the Intriguing Kabangu Series

Born in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, raised in Kawangware, Kevin’s career as a fashion stylist was inspired by his dad’s occupation —a tie and dye printmaker. But that wasn’t all that inspired him; his dad’s way of dressing had also caught Kevin’s eye and heart. A self-taught fashion stylist and creative director, Kevin is now…

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Afroshoes Nyala sneaker collection by Kenyan designer Emo Rugene

Afroshoes is a Kenyan shoe brand founded by Kenyan designer Emo Rugene. According to the founder, the brand originated out of a yearning to create fashionable everyday shoes that Kenyans would identify with. Since, the brand has grown to spread into other markets, making it global. “The brand exemplifies the development and advancement in Industry…

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Black in the USSR

“When people ask me about my background I usually start by explaining how my mum is Russian, my dad is Ghanaian and that I was born in Bulgaria,” says the photographer Liz Johnson Artur. “It often becomes a long explanation.” The explanation goes something like this. Along with many African students in the 1960s, Johnson’s Ghanaian…

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Meet Mabel Suglo, the woman behind Eco Shoes

Eco Shoes is a Ghana based enterprise delivering progressive social outcomes. An ethical business, Eco-Shoes’ model is best known for its social responsibility, community consciousness, and its positive impact on the environment. The eco-friendly stylish and durable footwear is produced from old rubber tires, African fabric scraps, and other sustainably sourced raw materials –using old techniques for…

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Benin: The Nigerian City That Made The Europeans Jealous

This is the story of a lost medieval city you’ve probably never heard about. Benin City, originally known as Edo, was once the capital of a pre-colonial African empire located in what is now southern Nigeria. The Benin empire was one of the oldest and most highly developed states in west Africa, dating back to…

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