Next Friday night, London's V&A Museum will be celebrating Afropolitans. You can expect a live performance by Spoek Mathambo; photo,video, fashion and interactive installations; a Malick Sidibé style portrait photo studio; a wax print workshop; textile presentations; a North African-style cocktails salon; film screenings; panel discussions and; an eclectic mix of African music from DJ Vamanos from the Ghetto Bassquake and Secousse Sound System. Contemporary Africa will be taking over the world's greatest museum of art and design.
Minna Salami, aka MsAfropolitan, has invited me to be one of the panelists discussing the idea of what it means to be an Afropolitan. Tolu Ogunlesi, Hannah Pool, Minna and I will be exploring how people are identifying with this term and what effect this identification is having on perceptions of Africa and Africans. I'm honoured and excited (and nervous no doubt). I hope to see some of you there!
Enough with the preamble. I'm going to be running an Afropolitan series of posts in the run-up to the event. Today – a collection of ebony-inspired Afropolitan fashion and home decor.
In your imagination, what does the Afropolitan lifestyle look like?
Tracy Reese dress at Anthropologie; Wire-wrapped bone earrings from Ten Thousand Villages; Handwoven Ethiopian scarf from Aiyda; Oryx Horn Mpingo Jars from Swahili Imports; Adele Dejak belt; Batik bag from Etsy seller, African Street Couture; Dancing circles brass earrings from Ten Thousand Villages; Ashanti wooden stool from Swahili Imports; Haitian tree of life wall hanging made from upcycled metal drums, available at Ten Thousand Villages.