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The EU Lifts Air Travel Bans on Southern African States

Following in the footsteps of the UK, US and others in reducing measures they had adopted to curb the spread of covid-19’s omicron variant. In a tweet, France said EU member states agreed on Jan. 10 to lift the restriction to allow air travel to resume with the African countries. Travelers from southern African, it …

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Senegal’s Illustrious Portfolio of Architecture

Built on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital as a showcase for global trade in 1974, this astonishing city-sized hymn to the three-sided shape was designed by young French architects Jean Francois Lamoureux, Jean-Louis Marin and Fernand Bonamy. Their obsessive geometrical composition was an attempt to answer the call of Senegal’s first president, the poet …

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Harlem and London Are Getting a Brand New African Food Hall

Following on its success at Expo 2020 Dubai, Albekulan, an African food hall, will become permanent in Dubai and will open two new outposts – one in London and one in Harlem. Created by American chef Alexander Small, the gastronomic venture presents an enormous variety of African cuisines, many of which will be unfamiliar to …

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In Ghana, Fashion Takes the Spotlight at Afrochella 2021

Now in its fifth year, Afrochella is much more than a Ghanaian music festival, celebrating African culture across numerous creative fields. One that particularly stood out was fashion, with a host of attendees bringing their fashion A-game to the event and demonstrating that Ghana’s fashion scene is here to stay. Under the twin themes of …

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In ‘African Origin’ Show at Met, New Points of Light Across Cultures

A new exhibit at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘The African Origin of Civilization,’ presents a dazzling array of work spanning centuries and cultures. Never previously assembled and displayed in this fashion, it presents new ways of thinking about the history of this art, but also fails to answer many troubling questions. SOURCE: THE …

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Netflix Celebrates African Talent in New Documentary Series

In a new documentary series, Made by Design, Netflix explores the ins and outs of African design with an initial focus on Nigeria. Providing an immersive look at the lives of 13 prominent designers, it aims to enlighten viewers about the diversity and complexity of African design. For the uninitiated, each episode touches upon the …

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How a Community of Chefs is Reinventing West African Food in Toronto

Thanks to some enterprising chefs, African cuisine is finally beginning to establish a foothold in Toronto. While it’s been there for decades, new chefs are experimenting with different methods of attracting non-Africans to their tables, and they’re making huge inroads. Toronto is known for its rich and diverse foods, but it’s taken until recently for West …

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Meet the Ghanaian Canadian Lego Sculptor Building a Black Universe

Legos may be kids’ stuff, but in the hands of Ekow Nimako, they become fine works of art. Using only black legos, the Ghanaian Canadian artist has been sculpting some fantastical works that are meant to celebrate the spirit of Black people. In 2014, Nimako made his first human sculpture, “Flower Girl,” which “spoke to …

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How Afrobeats is Making the World Listen

Suddenly, it seems that Afrobeats is taking over the music world. Originating with a group of prominent West African DJs in the early 2000s, it was a mix of electronic and dance music grounded in African percussion. It spread like wildfire through the African diaspora and crossed over into the popular mainstream thanks to artists …

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It’s Official: British Vogue Has Made 2022 The Year of the African Model

The latest issue of British Vogue pays stunning tribute to the African model, featuring 9 talents from across the continent. This unprecedented focus speaks to an important advancement of diversity in fashion and the reshaping of beauty standards. “The Rise of The African Model”, features South Sudanese models Adut Akech, Akon Changkou, and Anok Yai, …

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