AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Those iconic Nigerian hairstyles from the ’60s

Long before Chris Rock wondered what was up with black women’s hair (“Good Hair” 2009), black women in Africa were busy engaging in acts of self-fashioning that married their political sensibilities and their aesthetic leanings in ways that defied limitations of imagination and gravity. And photographer J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere was there to document that

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Sartorialist goes to Johannesburg, and likes what he sees

Scott Schuman, better known for his blog The Sartorialist and as a street style photographer, took some heat after accepting an invitation to Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg and being underwhelmed by what he saw. Instead he...

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

“The creative street vibes of South Africa”

On Saturday,  26 March at the Swedish CinemAfrica Festival the film directors Teddy Goitom and Benjamin Taft of Stocktown TV will premiere their ode to new South African hipsters:”Stocktown South African Roadmovie,” a 28 minute film that...

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Cape Town Styling

This blog post introduces my man, Brett Davidson, as the latest core conspirator of Africa is a Country. I first met Brett, a journalist, radio producer and media educator, when we hired him to work as the...

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The Photography of Liz Johnson-Artur

I love the work of photographer Liz Johnson-Artur. Her shot of a smoke-blowing Linton Kwesi Johnston, is an all-time favorite). You may recognize her photographs in music magazines. But she is more than. Crucially, through her work...