Growing up in Kenya in the 80s and 90s, I didn’t quite appreciate the diversity of career possibilities that were out there. You could say that many of them weren’t even viable back home then, in terms of making a good living. Not that many years have passed (I tell myself) and yet young Africans, on the continent and in the diaspora are doing things that we may never have imagined could be done, and successfully. Things that they love.

The thinking behind the interview series on Afri-love was, and still is, to inspire people, young and not-so-young, to think wider about what’s possible and what they can make happen for themselves.

In almost 4 years since the series began, I’ve interviewed fine artists, activists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, fashion designers, curators, make-up artists, fashion stylists, social entrepreneurs, furniture designers, playwrights, photographers, developers, poets, illustrators, publicists, bloggers and visionary organisers. And may I add that all these people have been professionals in these fields. 

These amazing women and men have shared their stories, including the challenges they’ve faced and how they’ve navigated them.

Find out what it takes (and perhaps discover that you have it too) and get motivated – browse the interviews here.