Sustainability is a darling word now in the industry, but African designers have always practiced sustainability. African designers are more resourceful when using fabric. They’re careful to minimize waste. Made-to-order is more common and the African fashion market is not as seasonal as the mainstream Western market.
Pan-Africanism is an enduring hope and appreciation for the continent, the people of it and what it can offer. With 54 countries, Africa is a vast land mass — 11.7 million square miles — that can contain the United States, China, India and the whole of Eastern Europe. Pan-Africanism is not glorifying blackness as a divine or magical race. It is not black supremacy.
Storyteller. At its basic level, the word conveys the role of someone who preserves the memories, beliefs, aspirations, experiences of a people, a society, a civilization. Storytelling is the convergence of many disciplines, as many disciplines involve storytelling such as history, sociology, anthropology, photography and of course, literature.
I appreciate the storytelling that is done on a micro-level that requires one-one-one interaction with people on-the-ground.
Researchers say that it’s the ability of humans to tell stories that has greatly contributed to our survival as a dominant species.
Rwanda is shaking off its violent past and young content creators- writers, bloggers, filmmakers, journalists- are trying to tell the world that Rwanda is more than a post-genocide nation. I took a trip to Rwanda a few months ago to meet some of the young people.
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Five years after ceasefire, Niger Delta’s retired militants warn of new violence Young combatants who handed their guns over to the government in 2009 say oil-soaked corruption and […]
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As Rwanda sought to rebuild after the horrors of the 1994 genocide, its development strategy emphasised science and technology. Romain Murenzi, who served as Rwanda’s science minister for eight years, […]