Week in review

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Having a parent from Tanzania and a parent from Kenya, I had two reasons to celebrate this week with both countries commemorating independence. The celebrations on the blog were visual – with photos taken by myself, in various parts of Tanzania and, beautiful visions of Nairobi from Mutua Matheka.

I would love to hear how all of you in, and from, Tanzania and Kenya marked your Uhuru and Jamhuri Days. I hope that they were opportunities for remembering, gratefulness, unity, solidarity and significantly, optimism. Mama Lucy, an inspiring change-maker in Tanzania, asks a poignant question: "What have we done within those years [since independence] for change?" 

It's so easy for us, as individuals, to reiterate this question and look towards our leaders for answers (that will probably not be very forthcoming!). But the question I would like to ask is: what are we each doing for ourselves, our communities and our countries? Individuals like Mama Lucy are proof that we each have the power to effect positive change in our communities. Let's start by imagining it …

Here is a round-up of all 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
  • Inspiration from Senegalese artistic techniques
  • Afri-love on Etsy
  • Inspiration from South Africa with a Greek twist
  • More album art (There's so much inspiration to draw from that I'm making this a monthly installment)
  • TGIF! Mali meets Cuba
  • and more!

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

 :)

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Images, starting 2nd from top: Illustration by Lulu Kitololo, from "5 Steps to Creative Independence"; Serge Mouange's Wafrica project; Chief Nyamweya doodling for Google Kenya; Zanzibar, Tanzania – photos by Lulu Kitololo; Nairobi, Kenya – photo by Mutua Matheka 

 

 

Inspired by Wafrica

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Imagined by Cameroonian-born, globe-trotting Interior Designer/Industrial Designer/Artist, Serge Mouange, Wafrica is a creative response to globalization. Beginning with two "ancient, strong and sophisticated identities," Japan and Africa, Wafrica seeks to show the positive opportunities presented by their interaction. Rather than homogenization and the forgetting or abandoning of identities, Mouange believes that the juxtaposition of different identities can form "a new and enlightened international consciousness."

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Week in review

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Hope you've all had a good last week of October. It's been another hectic one for me which means I haven't posted as much as I'd hoped. The horizon looks a little clearer so you can look forward to a variety of posts this week that will hopefully excite, inspire and provoke.

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.

Feedback is incredibly useful to me so, please drop me a line with any comments, suggestions, ideas etc.

Have a fantastic week! Be proud and be inspired.

 :)

2nd image from top: the work of S. G. Mpata

 

Inspired: S. G. Mpata and the meeting of art and architecture

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What do a Tanzanian artist and Japanese architecture have in common? The answer can be found in Kenya's Masai Mara game reserve, at the Mpata Safari Club.

The work of Tanzanian artist Simon George Mpata (1942- 1984) is celebrated worldwide and especially made an impact in Japan. In fact, in doing my research for this post, the majority of websites I found that mentioned him were Japanese! A Japanese magazine editor, who came across Mpata's work while in Kenya, was a key force in arranging for his work to be shown outside the continent and then later in 1992, establishing the Mpata Safari Club. Designed by Edward Suzuki, the five star lodge is an homage to the artist, keeping his spirit alive.

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Mpata's style of painting is often referred to as Tinga Tinga, named after his half-brother Edward Tingatinga, who first began to paint in the style. I've come across a book about his work, Urban Primitivism, but again, all information seems to be in Japanese! Anyone with any idea of how to access an English version, or any further information about it that's in English – please do share.

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Images at top found on Sotokoto.net. Mpata lodge images from the Elle.com.hk (top) and Mpata Safari Club website. Bottom left image found here