NIKE HIRES NIGERIAN ARTIST LAOLU SENBANJO TO CREATE AIR MAX INSPIRED ART IN NEW YORK

By Niyi Aderibigbe For Nigerian visual artist and musician Laolu Senbanjo, all he wanted as a kid was happiness and growing up to become someone relevant to the society. While he thought he would grow up to draw comics for Marvel and DC, he ended up at Nike. The American sportswear company has selected him as…

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Made In Africa: Three Cars Designed And Manufactured In Africa

According to the World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to remain one of the fastest growing regions in the world. While Africa’s economy is soaring past most regions with an annual growth of about 5% due mainly to increased agriculture production, infrastructure investment including transportation, ports and energy as well as buoyant services led by…

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The Dual Lives of Cape Town’s Congolese Dandies

It’s a particularly grim August afternoon in Parow, a dilapidated industrial suburb north of Cape Town. The usually busy streets are deserted, the sky is bruised and the winds kick up litter as a storm rolls in from the Hottentots Holland Mountains to the east. But inside Nandi’s Bar celebrations of the Republic of Congo’s…

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Meet a New Generation of African Chefs and Food Entrepreneurs

“African food is amazing and so diverse… but it is very underrated,” says South African chef Mokadi Itsweng. Mokadi, part of a growing number of African chefs and food entreprenuers, met with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to discuss using the culinary arts to bring global and regional value to Africa’s agriculture products, creating the…

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Why Architect David Adjaye Matters

The public’s appetite for starchitects has made the competition for President Obama’s library an ongoing, glamorous story, and on December 21 seven firms made the shortlist to present their vision of the library and foundation to the President and the First Lady. This embodiment of Obama’s legacy will be enshrined on Chicago’s South Side, a…

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Designer Serge Mouangue Creates a “New Cultural Dimension” by Fusing African Ankara with Japanese Kimono.

Cameroonian designer Serge Mouangue’s WAfrica – a combination of a Japanese word for spirit, ‘wa’, and Africa – is a testament to how expanding the imagination can make way to beautiful and distinct creations. Proof of one thing: giving birth to a “totally new cultural dimension” is possible. Though we, here at AS4A, are a…

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