The 9 most popular Afri-love posts in 2010

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I started this blog in June this year as an outlet for my passion for Africa and for the arts, culture and self-investigation. I've thoroughly enjoyed the many hours I've put into creating the content and I'm ever grateful for all the time you've put into reading, commenting, appreciating and sharing.

I posted a similar round-up a little while ago, on the blog's 5 month anniversary (yes, arbitrary I know). It does make a bit more sense to do so at the end of the year so, particularly for the benefit of all the new readers (welcome!), here are the 9 posts that were most visited in 2010. Common themes: art, hair and fashion…

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Inspired by Dimitra Tzanos whose Greek and South African experiences were brought together in her design project "For the Love of Africa" (image above)

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Le Coil: photography celebrating the beauty of afro hair 

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The debut post in the Afri-love interview series: a spotlight on Chief Nyamweya, the artist behind Emergency Web Comic

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The bold and beautiful Africa-inspired accessories designed by Rachel Stewart

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An interview with enterprising designer, Mkuki Bgoya of Kina Klothing

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Pilgrimages: illustration inspired by the ambitious literary project; writing interrogating the limits of our self-knowledge

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The first post chronicling the third round of my natural hair journey 

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An interview with Lesley of Ododo Originals whose passion is in full bloom

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Female Relations: a peek at a painting series I recently exhibited

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Images from top: design by Dimitra Tzanos; photo by Jamala Johns; illustration by Chief Nyamweya; photo courtesy Rachel Stewart; photo courtesy Mkuki Bgoya; illustrations by Lulu Kitololo; photo by Lulu Kitololo; photo courtesy of Lesley/Ododo Originals; painting by Lulu Kitololo.

Week in review

 Week-in-review

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This past week market the launch of a project I'd been working on with non-profit, Epic Change – Epic Thanks. A global celebration of gratefulness honouring individuals who have created positive change in their communities and inspired hope in many. It's fantastic to be reminded of what a wonderful, and potentially widespread, impact we each can have when we truly apply ourselves in pursuit of our dreams. 

I spent the latter part of the week showing a visiting friend around town. Seeing a place through the eyes of someone who's seeing it for the first time, truly makes you appreciate it anew.

I guess the theme of my week was appreciation. Appreciation of all the people who make my life so much richer. Appreciation of the power of collective good energy. Appreciation of all the so-called little things that we so often take for granted. I am thankful for everything that I have and experience. And I'm thankful for you!

Here's a round-up of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:

A huge thanks to you for taking the time to read and share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get updates via facebooktwitter and by subscribing to the Afri-love feed.

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Next week, look out for:

  • Quote of the week
  • A celebration of our crowning glory
  • An interview with a funky Tanzanian designer and entrepreneur
  • More design inspiration from musical sources
  • A hair journey update
  • TGIF!

Have a fantastic week! Be proud, be inspired and be thankful.

 :)

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Images, starting 2nd from top: Shine Shine illustration, artist Tamara Natalie Madden (photo by Kelechi Anusiem), still from Mauritanian film, Waiting for Happiness.