I know I have a penchant for lists and if ever I needed an excuse to create one, surely today is the day. Tomorrow marks one year of Afri-love and as I reflect on all the people that I've come across and had the opportunity to meet (if even just virtually), I want to share with you the most popular posts. It so happens that indeed, most of them are interviews with some of these people. I am honoured to be a part of this army of creatives and change-makers and I look forward to meeting and collaborating with more of you.
Over the last year, I've had the privilege to interview 21 passionate, talented and inspiring people whose vision and work embodies the Afri-love spirit. All of them reminded me of the value in doing what you love. I hope that they've given you encouragement, opened your eyes to new possibilities and that you've discovered new music, art and ideas in the process. My favourite question to ask is, "how does Africa inspire you?" It was a difficult decision but here are 10 of my favourite responses.
"Africa is who I am and it's Africa that raised me – the rest of the world just barely touched me. So everything that flows out of me is Africa – whether its basic components look or do not look overtly or stereotypically African."
— The Design Director of Ihsani Culture, Kenya-based
Last week was another busy one on the blog with Afri-inspiration coming from all angles. The new interview series continued with two really energizing interviews with young Africans doing great things for the advancement of our continent.
A round-up of posts incase you missed any:
- Quote of the week: a challenge to transcend perceptions from Simon Gikandi
- Visual inspiration from Morocco's Boucherouite rugs
- Interviews: Afro-MP3 co-founder, Mutsai Musa; social entrepreneur, Project Diaspora co-founder, TMS Ruge
- Reflecting on the exponential value of taking things easy
- TGIF! The East African edition of classic African tunes
- Independence Day celebrations: Uplifting music from Lesotho; Uganda's son, TMS Ruge
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This coming week, look out for:
- Quote of the week
- Africa on film in London town
- An esteemed African graphic agitator whose uses design as a torch of social good
- Foxy African-inspired adornment
- Interviews with more passionate young Africans doing big things
- A celebration for Equatorial Guinea's Independence Day
- Reflections on food and the things we take for granted
- TGIF! A Fela extravaganza to celebrate the legend's birthday
Have a fantastic week! Be proud and be inspired.