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Un Homme Sans l’Occident 2002, ‘A man without the West’, is a french film directed by Raymond Depardon. Depardon is renowned for his photography and film making in the Sahara. The film depicts the life of nomads in the sahara, focusing on their relationships with each other, the sand and animals. Visually inspiring we added some shots from the film.

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"I am Kenyan born and I live and work in Williamsburg, NY. I’m obsessively curious and enjoy learning. What inspires me and by extension my work are things that are old or close to the earth, creative people, history and the infinite nature of imagination.
My work is mostly figurative imagined portraits and vignettes. They are technical exercises, wherein I use vivid color, costumes and objects, and delicate details to both explore the character, and expose the personalities of my subjects. However, I do not consider my work to be conceptual, instead, I allow for a more organic progression of choices in both the drawing and painting processes.
Whether static and stoic, or vulnerable and haunted, these women commonly express intimacy, subtle provocation, and unassuming emotional intelligence, as if different roles played by the same actress.
While the titles of the pieces might suggest a narrative, there are no implicit allegories in the paintings, they simply assign a point of reference for me. The viewer can then either identify with my subjective interpretation, or form his/ her own impression.” Frida Kamau

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In remembering, it is important that we comfort those who lost loved ones and were left orphans, widows and or without any family so that they are not overwhelmed by the immense sorrow. They need reassurance to give them the courage and hope to carry on.

President Kagame, 7 April 2013


Blitz the Ambassador - Make You No Forget ft. Seun Kuti (Official Video)


In Photos: “Signares” by Fabrice Monteiro.

Exploring history and fashion along the west coast of Africa, for his series ‘Signares' Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro recalls a time in history where distinct cultures collided.

As European traders and explorers began to ascend on Africa’s west coast around the 15th and 16th century, as these men where forbidden from bringing their families and wives from their home countries, they began to intermingle and intermarry with African women in the Senegambia region. As a result of these relations, many of these women began to orchestrate business dealings to their benefits “using these partnerships to bolster their socioeconomic standing and personal trading enterprises”. One signare in the 1770s from St Louis, Senegal, is noted to have been a property owner and dealer as she bought and sold property in Saint-Domingue, while “five other signares in Gorée signed a petition against a poorly run French company that had been awarded an exclusive contract with the island”. 

Although these relations were not at first recognized by colonial and European authorities, it later became acceptable for Europeans living in Senegal to marry and have their descendants profit from these unions through heritage rights. Most of these women were considered to be of a high class and often married “middle-class executives or French and English aristocrats”. Naturally, a new sense of fashion was born as the women combined their own traditional styles with European attire at the time.

Aminata “The Iron Lady” Touré, the Prime Minister of Senegal

A prominent human rights and women’s rights activist.

"Happy international women’s day! Celebrating African women"


"The Real Africa : Fight the Stereotypes"

Photos :  Thiri Mariah Boucher

the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority

Chimamanda Adichie

 


Luanda, Angola


In photos: “Turkana” by Jehad Nga.

A photographer of Libyan descent born in the United States and raised between Tripoli, Libya and London, England, Jehad Nga's lens has explored many stories and identities all over the African continent. From photographing a beauty contest in Botswana for HIV affected to women, night commuters in Ugandan, and the Liberian civil war, to illegal migration in to South Africa and documenting his own country, Libya, Nga's body of work is unique in that it contains projects that cover all regions of the African continent.

In this 2010 series titled ‘Turkana’, Nga’s photographs highlight the people of the Turkana region of Kenya - perhaps the area worst hit by drought in the country. Despite oil and water reserves in Turkana, the people reap few of the benefits as the government and large corporations take control of these resources.

According to Nga, the Turkana are ‘dwindling in numbers’ due to drought and subsequent neglect from them Kenyan government. Devastatingly, as a result of food and water shortages and with little to no aid reaching them, for some of the people photographed by Nga, these are the very last images of them. Shortly after photographing them, several of the individuals photographed passed away as a result of starvation caused by drought.

With the darkness filling up the negative space in the photographs, the significance of this sombre effect is to show the disappearing of a people. Nga’s aim, through these photographs, is to highlight the neglected plight of the people of the Turkana region and create a consciousness and awareness concerning their situation.