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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Kaneza Linca Amanda Is Rwanda’s Top Model

19 year-old Kaneza Linca Amanda, a senior six student beat five other finalist to become Rwanda’s top model 2015. The competition, which was held at Kigali Serena hotel last Friday, attracted over 37 girls. The models were dressed by Rwanda’s top designers who also took advantage of the event to show off their new designer…

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Ethiopian Artisans: An E-market for Made in Ethiopia Artisanal Products

In recent years, Africa’s strong economic growth and business opportunities together with the prevailing “Africa rising” narrative, has attracted many multinational companies and foreign investors. This trend includes a vast number of African Diaspora returnees, encouraged by African leaders who regularly call on them to ”come home”. The migration is not only justified on the…

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Most Priced Hotel Rooms in Addis

Addis Ababa — The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa and headquarters of the African Union, has been shown to have the most expensive hotel room charges on the continent. Addis will host the upcoming Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), taking place at the end of September. Research firm STR Global, recently carried out a comparative survey…

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‘Don’t Try to Make Me Feel Bad Because I Am Blue Black’ – Model Nykhor Paul

Sudanese model Nykhor Paul has posted a scathing criticism of make-up artists who fail to cater to dark-skinned models. In a post to photo-sharing platform Instagram, she wrote: “Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to…

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Queens of Africa Dolls

The buzzing excitement around 43-year-old Taofick Okoya’s newly developed Queens of Africa –Black Nigerian/African Dolls is rapidly growing. Okoya tells the story of how in 2007, while shopping to buy his niece a gift, he couldn’t find a black doll in the shops and consequently, he decided to create his own. This innovative idea, as…

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