Urban Africa & David Adjaye at the London Design Museum

August 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m coming in late on this as the exhibit started March 31 and ends soon – September 5. As an urban planner with a specific interest in African urbanism I couldn’t pass up on blogging on this. If you happen to be in London you should check it out. See Details.

David Adjaye is a respected Architect working in London who has traveled throughout Africa for the specific purpose of photographing urban Africa. He is interested in showing this side of Africa because most people are familiar with the African rural/country landscapes as well the wildlife aspect of it but this often surprises people. I like that he views it from a professional perspective in that it’s also about us not just hearing from one aspect of ‘modernity’ in the sense of what we can gain from Europe and how we should strive to be that way but importantly the interactions within urban africa itself, urban africa & rural africa etc and how these inform the way the urban space in Africa looks. His photography includes civic architecture, commercial, residential, as well as market places. I am definitely buying the book whenever it comes out…

Below are some of the pictures (I think he exhibited about 2,500):

1) Abidjan, Ivory Coast

2) Nouakchott, Mauritania

3) Cairo, Egypt

4) Antananarivo, Madagascar

5) Bamako, Mali

With his rich body of built work David Adjaye won the prestigious  commission to design the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC which will open in 2015. You can also check out his website here.


Nduka Obaigbena – the man behind ARISE and the publicity

June 23, 2009 § 1 Comment


Nduka Obaigbena is the media mogul behind the enterprise THISDAY media – which owns ARISE magazine and now sponsors the African Fashion Show. He is also the force behind all the recent visibility that parts of the African Fashion Scene has been receiving in London and NY. I’ve heard people refer to him as being like ‘Diddy’. He is using his pull to create major events and publicity surrounding African society events in Lagos and South Africa. I just thought it important to mention him because it was not by sheer serendipity that all of a sudden there is so much visibility of the African and entertainment scene.

KUDOS to him ! Great work he is doing.

Paul Herve Elisabeth – ARiSE Africa Fashion Wk 2009

June 21, 2009 § 1 Comment


Paul Herve Elisabeth is a self taught designer from Martinique (Carribean). He most recently showed at the Fashion for Peace 2008 held by the Festival for African Arts and Fashion (FAFA) held in Nairobi, Kenya. Here are some selected pieces, a glimpse of his collection…




Bongiwe Walaza – ARiSE Africa Fashion Wk 2009

June 21, 2009 § 49 Comments


Bongiwe Walaza is also a staple favorite around here. She is a traditionalist both in certain aspects of her design and her frequent choice of fabric – shwe shwe…This particular piece (below) is a classic Bongiwe Walaza design and a preview of her show…


African Mosaique – ARISE Africa Fashion Wk 2009

June 21, 2009 § 1 Comment


Creative Director of African Mosaique is Anna Getaneh, retired Ethiopian model (see captioned picture below). Her clothing line is marked by a certain functionality and wearability of the clothes…





PAO – Arise Africa Fashion Week 2009

June 19, 2009 § Leave a comment


Designer Patrick Asso of PAO is from the Ivory Coast. His collection was ‘bling’ haute couture, golden looks that I can definitely see on the red carpet !




Photo credits: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

Sandra Muendane – Arise Africa Fashion Wk 2009

June 19, 2009 § Leave a comment


Sandra Muendane is Mozambican and studied fashion in Lisbon, Portugal. Drapings, deconstruction and minimalism would all seem appropriate words to describe her all-white line-up. Here’s a couple of pieces…



Photo credits: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

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