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Meet the Designer : Ilhem Akacem
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Designer profile picture Ilhem of Anago

Welcome into the world of Ilhem, a world where colours, design and craftsmanship fuse beautifully together to create a unique range of clutch bags that she launched under the brand: Anago. Her Anago clutch bags are a vivid expression of who she is, her multicultural background along with her love for contemporary design and aesthetic.

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21 Major African Art & Design Exhibitions in 2016
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21 major African Art & Exhibitions in 2016

Contemporary African Art and Design is going through a renaissance period and 2016 will be no different. African Artists are moving from the fringe of the art scene, into the mainstream and enjoying greater recognition for their work. Read on to find out where the next exhibition near you is scheduled. Hope to see you there.

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A look back at the Beauté Congo exhibition in Paris
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Contemporary African Art is booming and 2015 was a year to remember. From the successful second edition of  1:54 Art fair in London to the “Kongo, Power and Majesty” exhibition in New York, it was clear that Contemporary African Art had burst onto the International scene and was gaining an overdue recognition.

One of the most successful African Art exhibitions last year was “Beauté Congo 1926 – 1915” at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. Its success was a testament to the global interest for this artistic style at the time when Auction houses had recorded the highest level of activity to date, for African Art.

Picture of Fondation Cartier, Paris

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5 reasons why you should add Baobab fruit to your diet
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A New Year usually calls for moderation, a renewed commitment to be the better version of ourselves and focus on our health and fitness. So let us introduce you to new superfoods, packed with nutrients that have been used for centuries in Africa and have begun to be known outside of the continent. We are starting the African superfood series with the baobab fruit.

Baobab Tree and baobab fruit
Photo by Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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Fall 2015: your ultimate guide to African Art exhibitions
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African Art exhibitions currently on

New York, London, Paris, Addis Ababa. Who is the intruder? None. Major exhibitions and events showcasing African Art and Contemporary African Design are scheduled in these cities and elsewhere around the world.

Exhibitions such as “Kongo”, are unearthing unseen art works forgotten in museums or hidden in private collections. In doing so, they are providing the public with new understanding of a rich and troubled past. Meanwhile, the continent is resolutely turned toward the future, a recurring theme of several exhibitions. The artistic future is in the hands of some younger artists whose works are acclaimed at the “Beaute Congo” exhibition in Paris. This buoyant creative life is one of the key drivers of growth, as we will soon find out at the first Addis Ababa Design Week planned in December.

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Welcome to Obatala
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Obatala was born out of a simple dream.

  • A dream, to show you a different side of Africa.
  • A dream to take you travelling with us, off the beaten track and discover some hidden gems along the way.
  • Finally, a dream to create a different narrative about Africa: focused on innovation, creativity and design, showcased in accessories and art.

Obatala is the god of Creativity in the Yoruba (Nigerian) mythology and it is a fitting name for our endeavor.

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