Storymoja Hay Festival – Nairobi, Kenya


Kenya's largest literary festival is back from today until Sunday. This year's Storymoja Hay Festival has some super special guests including Booker Prize winner, Nigerian poet and novelist, Ben Okri and Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Yusef Komunyakaa, among several others.

Celebrating writing, ideas and contemporary culture through a series of workshops, live discussions and presentations at Nairobi's Railway Grounds.

Download a flyer with more information here 
Find out more about the organisers, Storymoja Publishers

Below: last year's event featured UK poet, Benjamin Zephaniah:


Enter the festival's Twitter competition: Tweet using hash tag #IWillBe and tag at least one other person and @hayfestke in your tweets. There will be a Thursday winner who will win a season pass, a Friday winner who will also win a season pass and a Sunday winner picked by our celebrity judge – to be revealed soon- who will win, wait for it, a Samsung Galaxy S Series Smartphone.

Images copyright Storymoja. See more from last year's festival on Flickr.

African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival begins



The African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) Festival begins today. One year on from the successful debut show, the 2011 exhibition will be open from tomorrow until the 25th of September. More details can be found on the AACDD site.

To all in London who manage to visit – I look forward to hearing what you enjoyed and experienced.

As part of the festivities, on Thursday 22nd September, there will be a panel discussion which I'll be participating in with other black creatives from various disciplines. Stay tuned for more details soon.


Africa at the Fringe

Every August, Edinburgh, Scotland is taken over by 100s (maybe 1000s) of arts and cultural events courtesy of various festivals. These include the Edinburgh International Festival and more famously, the incredibly diverse Edinburgh Festival Fringe – claiming to be "the largest, and greatest, arts festival in the world". There's just one week of this year's programme left but I thought I'd round up some of the Africa-related events to whet your appetite for the possibilities next year. 



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TGIF! Sounds from Africa Oyé

Sounds from some of the artists who performed at last weekend's Africa Oyé festival. Enjoy.

And if you're in London this evening, don't forget to check out the Afropolitans Friday Late at the V&A museum. It's going to be a great night! See you there …


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Women’s Week in review

Women's Week was fun! In celebration of the centenary of International Women's Day, on March 8th, all posts on Afri-love during the week, were especially in celebration of women and sisterhood. Fashion, literary inspiration, art, design, music and reflections on what sisterhood really is.

Of course the celebration will continue past this week. After all, every day is another opportunity to celebrate women, and beyond that, humanity, and the wonderful environment that we're honoured to exist within. Every day an opportunity to celebrate ourselves and each other. It's so easy to forget about appreciation when you're immersed in the day-to-day which increasingly has become so hectic for so many. I've found that forcing myself to pause and put things in perspective makes such a huge positive difference to my well-being.

I was reading an article over on Zen Habits this week and this statement by writer Leo Babauta was spot-on:

"Reflection is one of the most important tools for changing your life."


On the lookout: Join FITE (Financial Independence through Enterpreneurship)


This past International Women's Day, and Dermalogica launched, to create financial independence for women all over the world, through enterpreneurship. 

The site features profiles of these enterprising women enabling donors to choose who they would like to support. And donors include you! You can start lending from as little as $25. The site helps you filter the enterpreneurs by sector and by region (yes, that's the creative professional in me appreciating the user experience of the website!).

And making a donation is not the only way that you can help fund a microloan. You can also buy specially-marked FITE products and redeem the FITE code on the site or, you can spread the word far and wide by telling friends, family, colleagues and liking FITE on Facebook. The choice is yours.

Thanks Vivian for telling me about the initiative.


Last week on the blog


Here is a recap, in case you missed anything:


Thanks as always for taking the time to read and to share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get blog updates as well as extra links, ideas, news and info via facebook (afriloveblog) and twitter (@afrilove).

Have a great week everybody, be proud and be inspired!

Lulu x


Image: Les Nubians



Reflections on the Self – Five African Women Photographers


Celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, and part of the Southbank Centres WOW festival, Reflections of the Self features five contemporary African women photographers whose work deals with women’s narratives, either through self-portraits or portraits of others: Hélène Amouzou (Togo, Belgium); Majida Khattari (Morocco, France); Zanele Muholi (South Africa); Senayt Samuel (Eritrea, UK); Lolo Veleko (South Africa).

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Libya Independence Day

Ghadames wall design


Libya celebrates Independence Day today.

Every October, a festival takes places in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and oasis town, Ghadames. The festival celebrates Tuareg culture and traditions, bringing people together for food, drink, dance and song.

Below, a "virtual tour" of the festival:



Images: Ghadames Tuareg wall design via and art by Abdussalam Nattah via Fine Art America

African cinema at the BFI’s London Film Festival, 13th-28th October, UK


This week, London's BFI hosts 2 screenings of New African Cinema – a collection of 3 short films created as part of the Africa First mentoring scheme. The films include The Tunnel, from South Africa's Jenna Bass, Pumzi from Kenya's Wanuri Kahiu and Saint Louis Blues from Senegal's Dyana Gaye. Find more information about these films and screenings here.

Also on show during the festival:

Exciting stuff for you lucky Londoners!

Pumzi stills from the BFI website.