Culture

TY Ogunkoya

//Nigerian/ Model/ Student/ Ty a.k.a Akintayo/ born in 1990/ based in London and New York/ Best known for his eyes and lovely (mildly) androgynous features/ Signed with New York Model Management in 2008/ Debuted at the fall Dior Homme show …

Pumzi, an African Sci-Fi

It’s not everday you see a science fiction movie based in Africa, so I was really interested in Pumzi when I watched the trailer. The movie was written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu, a true professional. Although the storyline is …

Agbani Darego

//Model/ From Abonnema, Rivers State/ Seven siblings/ Her mother died of breast cancer/ Auditioned for M-Net Face of Africa but wasn’t a finalist/ Modelled for Collectables boutique/ Won Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2001/ Only black semi-finalist in Miss …

The Masked Rituals of Afikpo

The cultural anthropologist, Dr Simon Ottenberg, captured priceless images of the Afikpo people (of Nigeria) during the 1950s – 60s. His collection is currently part of the Smithsonian, but a few of them have found their way to this blog. …

Throwback Threads

Do you remember those days when you used to make thread hairstyles? Those were the days oh. I remember this neighbourhood we would drive to so that I could make mine. It seems so funny now how those hairstyles have …

Wangari Maathai

//Kenyan/ Environmental and political activist/ Founder of the Green Belt Movement/ First woman and first environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize/ Educated in Kenya and the USA/ Member of Parliament/ Chairman of the National Council of Women of Kenya/ …

Bikelordz: Stunts and Styles from Accra

“Bikelordz is a short documentary about the self-taught, self-invented bicycle culture which young people in Accra have created and passed on to their younger contemporaries over time. It follows crews of these young bicycle gurus as they try and …

Omawumi

Born 13th April 1982/ 12th out of 14 children/ Was Lead Vocalist at the age of 8 in the Children’s choir of Foursquare Gospel Church, Warri, Nigeria/ Grew up in Warri/ Studied law at Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma …

Oroma Elewa

Oroma Elewa is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Pop’Africana Magazine. In addition, she is a writer, photographer and Creative Director. Since I discovered her, she has inspired me to explore my creativity to the fullest. She is …

Pop’Africana Magazine

Pop’Africana is arguably the ‘Africana Global Book of Style’. The aim of the magazine is very commendable indeed- ‘delivering a rejuvenated image of Africans worldwide’. With most western media portraying the worst of Africa, we need avenues like this magazine …