Meet our Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW) for this week, trailblazing Ghanaian American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu whose latest film On Monday of Last Week based on a short story by Chimamanda Adichie has been nominated for Best Short Film from the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
Contemporary #African Art was recently given a new lease of life by the Create Hub #Gallery in #Dubai. The gallery opened its doors to artists on the 7th of June earlier this month and will focus on promoting African #artists.
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.
The city of Durban hosted the third Zakifo Festival. The festival, which is organized by Jerome Galabert, had in attendance various artists like Ray Phiri, Jojo Abbot, and Damian Marley among others. The two day festival was captured in pictures by Tseliso Monaheng.
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.
The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) ran from 2 – 7 May 2017 after a break last year. This Is Africa captured features performances and wares by local and international artists in various spheres – music, theatre, film, digital, craft, dance and literature.
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?