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Wangechi Mutu unveils first installation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s façade in 117-years
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Africans rising Wangechi Mutu unveils first installation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s façade in 117-years

Designed by Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1902, the American Metropolitan Museum of Art’s facade features four niches intended to house free-standing sculptures. 117 years later this intention has been fulfilled by Kenyan contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu with an installation dubbed, “The NewOnes, will free Us”

South Africa’s Thebe Magugu is the first African designer to win LVMH prize worth €300,000
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Africans rising South Africa’s Thebe Magugu is the first African designer to win LVMH prize worth €300,000

26 year-old Thebe Magugu is the first African to win the prestigious LVMH prize. The fashion talent prize comes with a €300,000 cash award, and includes a year of “technical and financial support” from the luxury giant. The South African designer was part of 1,700 applicants from 100 countries who applied for the LVMH prize.

Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize
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Africans rising Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize

The Booker Prize for Fiction has for years been criticised for favouring American novelists, and for four years running had no African writers in shortlist. Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma has however beaten the odds as a twice shortlisted author for his novels ‘The Fishermen’ in 2015, and ‘An Orchestra of Minorities’ this year.