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    Human Encounters: Portrait Series

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    Statues Also Die

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    Collage by Nkiruka

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    Pointilism by Beth Kimwele

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28 June 2011

Afroploitan Late Night at the V&A

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Last Friday Night provided a rare opportunity for a night of African events, discussions, workshops and music to happen hosted by the Victoria and Albert museum (V&A) in South Kensington London. Getting a remarkable chance to see far too many events happening that night I managed to attend a few events and catch up with some of ADA’s friends and a few new artists and fashionistas we met. Spoke Mathambo (Nthato Mokgata) was performing that night. Even though rainy London weather managed to prevail, he managed to keep the crowd excited listening to his tunes. (Unless sighted all photography by Barbara Muriungi)

What is an Afropolitan?

Panel Discussion by (Right to Left) Journalist, poet and writer, Tolu Ogunlesi; writer and blogger, Minna Salami, aka MsAfropolitan; Designer & Afri-Love Blogger Lulu Kitololo,  journalist and author, Hannah Pool and; record label executive and founder of Afro-Pop Live, Yemi Alade-Lawal. The topic of discussion – ”What is an Afropolitan?” The panel explored this term, coined by Taiye Tuakli-Wosornu in 2005, and all that it has come to embody ever since. (Read more from Lulu Kitololo here:)

Minna Salami

Lulu Kitololo

Yemi Alade-Lawal and Hannah Pool

Part of the Audience

African Portrait Photography Studio

Photographer Sal Idriss took monochromatic studio portraits if you made it through the long queues. Take a look at his work here.

 

Textiles Workshop: From Africa via London with Love

A great chance to get to see our friend and  textile designer Emamoke Ukeleghe who run a workshop on how to make your own print through a screen printing process.

Mr Somebody and Mr Nobody

This was an installation created by the South African-born, US-based design team of Heidi Chisholm and Sharon Lombard, offers a visual romp through an eclectic post-colonial landscape. Drawing on immigrant outsider experiences and playfully appropriating cultural icons from either side of the Atlantic, the designers explore cultural constructions, nationality and ex-pat identity.

(photo by I am the Nu Black / Gabi)

MsAfropolitan Presents the Rise of Afropolitan Fashion

Minna Salami (Founder of MsAfropolitan), assisted by creative director Ola Shobowale, presented a special, for one night only fashion show. Showcasing the rise of an Afropolitan fashion aesthetic with outfits specially styled for the evening by top African designers such as Duro Olowu, Tiffany Amber, Jewel by Lisa, KemKem Studio, Eki Orleans and many more. Accompanied by a Kora instrumental by Jally Kebba Susso.

(Pictures via I am the Nu Black / Gabi)

Spoek Mathambo Live

This was Spoek Mathambo’s first Appearance in the UK, South Africa’s house music star.

In Attendance

Always lovely to see friends and meet more, here are a few:

(R-L)Wanja Kimani (Photographer) Ambra Vernuccio (Photographer), Kiboko Njoroge (Painter / Artist)

Ngozi Pere-Okorotie (Fashion Designer Zed-Eye) with Friend – Fashion Stylist

Kwabena of Kayobi Clothing

Gabrielle Smith Blogger & Designer, I am the Nu Black

Yours Truly – Barbara Muriungi (Designer) and Spoke Mathambo (Musician)


  • TheBigBoss

    Screen printing process using emulsion -  I would love to do the same in Kenya, do you know anyone in Nairobi doing the same ??