Illustrious South African photographer Sam Nzima, known for his iconic Hector Pieterson picture taken during the Soweto uprisings in 1976, has died at the age of 83.
New forms of artistic expression are driving debates in East Africa that challenge sensitive subjects. But the backlash has been vicious.
Ethiopian Maqdala treasures taken by the British 150 years ago could be returned to Africa by the Victoria and Albert Museum on long-term loan, according to the museum director. The treasures include a gold crown and a royal wedding dress.
At the age of 82, internationally acclaimed Ndebele artist Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg for “her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator,” said the executive dean of the UJ Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Prof Federico Freschi
South African talented artist uMama Esther Mahlangu who was honoured in New York City last year with a mural has received the honour of a mural in her home country. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa this week unveiled the mural in Newtown, Johannesburg. #CelebratingAfricanLegends
The repatriation of African artifacts is important because a scarcity of artistic treasures results in a huge loss to the economies of African countries. It also contributes to a loss of national and personal identity. Some world leaders, like French president Emmanuel Macron, realise this and are hoping to rectify the void created by the looting of African treasures.
Nigeria is a country with an abundance of talent, but does the world really know? Nigerians on Twitter showcased their creativity and talent using the hashtag #WeAreNigerianCreatives. We curated some of the posts, which will blow your minds away.
The continent is full of young emerging talent such as Egyptian artist Shrok Yahya, who would unfortunately remain in obscurity if it wasn’t for social media and the exposure it affords everyone. U.S actor Will Smith congratulated the artist for the artwork depicting him and shared the portrait of himself on his Instagram account.
Fresh from her exceptional performance as Nakia, the love interest of King T’Challa in the record-breaking movie Black Panther, Nyong’o is set to appear in the film adaptations of Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah and Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime.