Buy African: Merchants on Long – Africa’s First Concept Store

 

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Exclusively stocking design produced in Africa, Merchants on Long is very high on my list for when I eventually visit Cape Town. It’s really exciting to see how the brand has expanded to now include…

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New month, New Quarter, New Things

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A new month and new quarter, relatively early in the year, feels like an opportunity to hit refresh and give your 'new year resolve' another go. Perhaps now you have a more developed idea of what you want to achieve in 2013 and a more realistic idea of how you're going to make it all happen.

That's how I'm feeling today. Especially after 2 great meetings – one with my business partner on our strategic direction for the rest of the year and, one with a new friend about a collaboration we're working on – I'm energised and excited about executing! 

You may also have noticed that the blog is looking marginally different. I've spent some time over this long weekend making some changes. So, what's new on Afri-love?

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Interview with Live Unchained Co-Founder, Kathryn Buford

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I'm really excited about today's interview with Live Unchained Co-Founder and PhD candidate, Kathryn Buford. Live Unchained is a global arts and media initiative featuring black women artists and writers across the African diaspora. I virtually met Kathryn earlier this year when she approached me for an interview and since then, we've been exchanging ideas, finding opportunities to collaborate and sharing life experiences. Despite the thousands of miles between us, we've become friends and I'm really honoured to know this inspiring, intelligent, thoughtful woman and to share her story with you.

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Blog-love: That African Girl

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If you haven't already, check out Makafui's blog about learning to live between two worlds (something I'm sure several people can relate to, in one way or another!), That African Girl.

She has a great series called "Behind the words", where she interviews bloggers. I'm very honoured to be the latest subject in the series – check out the post out here. Thanks Makafui!

Interview with multi-dimensional creative and champion of the “other” story, Afrolicious

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I discovered shrine to all things brown and beautiful, Afrolicious, about 2 years ago and I've been crossing paths with the woman behind the screen name, Ann Daramola, ever since! We've collaborated across continents and oceans – working with Epic Change to create To Mama with Love and most recently, Asilia worked with Ann to design the logo for her accessory line, Ankara & Lace. One thing I absolutely love about following Ann on Twitter is the boundless energy, passion and positivity she exudes. This is one lady you need to follow/exchange with/know.

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