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Kenyan Designer to Watch: KEPHA MAINA

Kenyan Designer to Watch: KEPHA MAINA

Kepha Maina established his label by the same name in 2013. Focusing on ready-to-wear and high-fashion, he draws inspiration from visual artists such as Ibrahim el-Salahi, the renowned Sudanese painter and leading modernist figure. Kepha has had four key fashion showcases that have gotten international attention, and his next collection drops in September 2022. He says there is a slick,…

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Kenyan Designer to Watch: MOHAMED AWALE

Kenyan Designer to Watch: MOHAMED AWALE

Mohamed Awale of Rummage Studios [formerly Suave Studios] has established himself as one of the most exciting brands in Nairobi’s flourishing fashion scene. He takes discarded fabrics and turns them into items such as backpacks, messenger bags and smaller goods like wallets and passport holders. Awale draws inspiration from Gikomba, a huge, sprawling, open-air second-hand clothes market in Nairobi, the…

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AFRIMA 2022 is here!!!

AFRIMA 2022 is here!!!

All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) is an exclusive music award ceremony that seeks to celebrate the music accomplishment of different artists around Africa. Since its inception in 2014, this award event has not only offered rewards but celebrated music creations and creativity across the African continent. The acclaimed music awards is one of the biggest music events in Africa and…

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African Fashion Makes Its Way to British Museum Show

African Fashion Makes Its Way to British Museum Show

The dashiki, a part of the Intsinzi Collection from Rwanda design studio, Moshions, first appeared on a catwalk in Kigali five years ago and is now part of a visually stunning exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum entitled ‘Africa Fashion’. These and many more garments have made their way to the acclaimed museum. The exhibition includes fashion pieces that…

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The First Women-Only Hotel Wing

The First Women-Only Hotel Wing

Somewhere in the heart of Nairobi, conveniently located just outside the Central Business District lies the iconic Sarova Panafric Hotel. The hotel which opened its doors in January 1965 was inaugurated the First President of Kenya, H. E. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and in the spirit of bringing Africans together was aptly named PanAfric Hotel. 57 years on, The Sarova Panafric…

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Wanuri Kahiu’s Debut Hollywood Film

Wanuri Kahiu’s Debut Hollywood Film

Netflix Movie, “Look Both Ways” which debuted on August 17, marks Kenya Film Maker, Wanuri Kahiu’s first Hollywood project. The film is about a young lady who on the night of her college graduation discovers that she is pregnant. The lady’s life diverges into parallel realities in which one she becomes pregnant and remains in her hometown to raise her…

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