The hashtag #DrawingWhileBlack has created a buzz on social media, particularly on Twitter. The organiser, Annabelle Hayford a first generation Ghanaian American wanted to appreciate and celebrate black artists. The artists have come out in droves, sharing drawings which show remarkable talent and finesse.
South African contemporary artist Esther Mahlangu was honoured in New York City with a mural dedicated to her painted on the streets of New York by Imani Shanklin Roberts, a New York based artist. We are proud of Mahlangu’s achievements, and recognition.
The Arterial Network recently launched an ambitious programme that aims to create social change through cultural action and cultural policy in four African cities. Sophia Olivia Sanan spoke to five of the organisation’s members to find out more.
Nyege Nyege is a Luganda noun meaning the feeling of a sudden uncontrollable urge to move, shake or dance. The festival returned to the source of the Nile River in Jinja, Uganda on the 1st – 3rd September 2017 for its third edition. Over 5,000 revelers descended upon Nile Discovery Beach, Njeru, Jinja for the 3 day event which featured more than 100 acts.
Every year since 2013, writers from all over the continent converge on Kampala, Uganda, for the Writivism Festival, an event that takes place over four days and culminates in an award ceremony. This year, the festival took place at The Square from 16 to 21 August. Amidst books and booze on the rooftop of a building with a serene view of the city’s magnificent hills, writers got to connect with fellow writers – and a community was built.
Various music groups have been significant in the growth of Nigeria’s music industry, but rifts between members of iconic groups have led to dramatic separations. Kelechukwu Iruoma looks at the eight most influential music break-ups in modern Nigeria.
English Premier League club Liverpool FC last week confirmed the acquisition of RB Leipzig’s Guinean midfielder Naby Keita for a club record deal. The deal which will make Keita the most expensive African footballer ever is effective from July 1, 2018.
Chimamanda Adichie is having a stellar career year as she moves from strength to strength. Hot on the heels of her Mcarthy award the author is now a holder of Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of Edinburgh. A hearty congratulations to the accomplished writer on the award.
Senegalese-American singer Akon has announced he is purchasing 50% of Senegalese company Musik Bi to create a music streaming service in Africa that can compete with global competitors. Musik Bi is Africa’s first home-grown platform for legal music downloads. It was launched in Senegal in February 2016.