In a chat in his studio, Niyi Akinmolayan, the visionary director who created Nollywood’s first sci-fi film, talks about how his singular vision is translating into a redefinition of the African market. He recounts his battle with depression, why film saved his life, and the importance of questioning everything.
Kenyan Eugene Mbugua (26) is the founder of Young Rich Television Limited and My Yearbook Kenya Limited. Not only is he young and successful but he continues to strive to grow his entrepreneurial skills and abilities. Today he is our Man Crush Monday.
Otieno Gomba is a visual artist whose practice is deeply informed by signwriting and the space in which he works and lives – Kibera, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, or slums. In 2001 he and fellow artist Otieno Kota founded the pioneering Maasai Mbili Art Centre – which serves as a studio cum gallery and a platform for many creatives from the area. Since then Gomba has developed his own distinctive style, referred to as ‘ghetto art’, and while painting is at the heart of his practice Gomba also ventures into community outreach projects, conceptual art, fashion, mixed media and music. In order to find out more about the artist, whose work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internally, I popped by the Maasai Mbili Art Centre to have chat with him.
For some people art is a hobby but 25 year-old Fine Art graduate Qhama Maswana from King Williams Town, Eastern Cape, in South Africa has a much more serious approach to it. Maswana started painting in 2005, after winning a couple of art competitions and decided that he was going to be a great artist. He speaks to TIA about his wok.
Today we are in Khan el-Khalili the major souk (Arab market) in Islamic Cairo. It is in the bazaar district, one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists. You will be greeted by the scent of spices, the hustle and bustle of trade, and the many beautiful objects that can purchased in between the alleys for. On its narrow streets one can find a variety of beautiful souvenirs including baubles. Shop owners jostle to bring customers their stalls.
Babajide Olatunji (27) is a Nigerian visual artist and autodidact who works from Ile Ife and born in Okitipupa. At a glance you would think his art is in fact photography. Olatunji spent many years of self-directed study researching art historical movements and modes of production. Speaking to This Is Africa, Olatunji said his art has always been a part of his life. His earliest influence was watching his elder brother create cartoon characters and smileys. Visualization and creating sketches were to him, the best ways he could understand the world around him.
Vamizi Island is situated in the far north of Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago. It is recognised as one of the leading luxury private islands and conservation projects on the continent and the Indian Ocean. The whale-shaped ocean has also been described by several visitors as it one of the best and most exclusive beach getaways. Today let’s see breathtaking images of this island voted into the ‘World’s Top 100 Awards’ by the CondeNast Traveller.
Today we commemorate the Global Day of Parents. Parents are the most important people in our lives from an early age until adulthood. The love, care and nurturing they give often determine the life we have. Sometimes we may be tempted to limit the role of parenting to the birthing process, however the bigger role is the nurturing, protecting and taking responsibility for another human being’s life. What message do you have for your parents today?