From humble beginnings in Addis Ababa, Bethlehem Alemu has built Sole Rebels into an international brand and concept, weaving traditional craft, a history of re-cycling, a drive to provide dignified incomes for Ethiopians and entrepreneurial courage and vision.
Storytelling has always been an important part of African culture, preserving history, imparting knowledge, guiding on the right path and entertaining. Afrikan Echoes is a new audio app being being launched by Ghanaian tech entrepreneur, Herman Chinery-Hesse to record stories from across Africa and make them widely available in multiple languages, expanding the reach of this traditional gift.
These are just some of my favourite Jerusalema dance challenge renditions. It was so hard to choose!
The story of the Jerusalema song and dance that has gone viral globally during the pandemic is as inspiring and beautiful as the dance itself.
The story of the legendary Nana Benz women who have powered the textile trade in the small West African country of Togo since independence is both inspiring and illuminating. It charts the history of the ‘pagne’ – the wax textiles that are the pride of West Africa women, the story of colonial rule and independence, international trade and economic controls, and, above all, the role of these women entrepreneurs in their country’s development.
I still remember my surprise and deep pleasure laughing with Mama Aisha, the matriarch of the family hosting me, sitting on stools in her courtyard in Banjul more than 30 years ago. Laughter was the one language we shared.
Scenes from Africa are common on our television screens – often through particular lenses. Ade Adepitan’s four part series on Africa for BBC2 provides a very different perspective, and one that resonates more with what I see, feel and hear in Africa. What this episode on Central Africa.
Come explore this blog… See Africa in a different light
Africa is a huge continent. People, history, culture and commerce have forged connections across the continent. Yet, from one country to another, one region to another, Africa’s diversity is stunning.
How many African countries can you find on this map?