With intricate detailing mixed with colorful tassels and feathers, let’s all take a minute or several to admire the extensive handiwork of Anita Quansah modeled by the beautiful Ayoola Bakare.
“Anita Quansah London was created in 2006 by bespoke jewellery curator Anita Quansah. After obtaining a textile degree in 2003, from Chelsea College of Art and Design London, Anita Quansah has been working to develop and promote recycling in her designs by creating elaborate one of kind statement jewelleries.
The Fondation Zinsou museum of contemporary African art opened in Ouidah, Benin, in November 2013 and is the first museum devoted to African contemporary art to open in sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa.The credit for this initiative goes to Franco-Beninese financier Lionel Zinsou who started his career as an adviser to Laurent Fabius, then prime minister of France. This is a great achievement and once more start to pop up around Africa, the art world will not only grow within the continent, but will also encourage our youth to broaden their horizons and could encourage them to follow their creative paths.
photo by tony karumba of a somali girl taking shelter under her father as they queue for a meal at the dadaab refugee camp in eastern kenya. they were displaced by drought and the consequent famine which occurred two summers ago in the african horn. it affected more than 13 million people, and continues to leave more than half in need of assistance.
though the cause of the famine wasn’t reducible only to climate change, a necessary condition of ensuring long term food security in east africa nevertheless remains for those in the developed world to shrink their carbon footprints.
Nigerian photographer August Udoh captures the competitors of Dambe. Since the 1950s, Nigerian boxers have held their own in international boxing competition. Dambe is a Hausa martial sport that used to take place at the village level. Matches were held on festival occasions, and the art was the special province of members of the butchers’ guild.
Dambe uses only one hand to strike, while the “weaker” hand is extended toward the opponent and used to ward off blows. Dambe competitions are held between groups who meet in dueling pairs on a symbolic battlefield, and the metaphor of warfare is apparent in the continuing use of the term “killing” to signify the strike that leads to winning a match.