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:)
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.
Always lovely to see friends and meet more, here are a few:
Ngozi Pere-Okorotie (Fashion Designer Zed-Eye) with Friend – Fashion Stylist
Kwabena of Kayobi Clothing
Gabrielle Smith Blogger & Designer, I am the Nu Black
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