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  • UPDATE: Fill the Blood Bank
    PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR PROJECT “FILL THE BLOOD BANK” IN THE SAMARU COMMUNITY OF ZARIA, KADUNA STATE IN NIGERIA By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe The collaboration in between Ayodele Obatomi, Franklin Zaure and Babatunde Ojobaro has been going on seamlessly. Ayodele, the Lead Collaborator, says he has been enjoying the working relationship between the three of them.…

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  • INTRODUCING: Young Nigerian Thespian
    CATCH THEM YOUNG! MS. PATIENCE BITRUS AND OMO’BA JERRY ADESEWO TEAM UP FOR “YOUNG NIGERIAN THESPIAN” IN ABUJA By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe A lot of young secondary school students in Nigeria are at a loss of what career or profession to pursue and those who have an idea of what they want to become will…

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  • INTRODUCING: Voice It!
    OMO’BA JERRY ADESEWO, MAKINDE ADENIRAN AND OLA AWAAKAN EMBARK ON VOICE IT! AN ARTVIVISM INCUBATION PROGRAMME. By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe What is the use of the Arts, if it cannot be incubated and reproduced in the younger generation? A theatre performance is transient – that is the very nature of the Art- the more reason…

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  • MEET THE NAIROBI HUB VOUCHER SCHEME RECIPIENTS: Enhancing Innovative Entrepreneurship Among the Youth
    By Waithira Kibuchi The Kenyan economy, whose GDP accounts for 40% of the East African Community’s GDP, is often touted as an anchor in the region. This may be linked to factors such as the country’s relative political stability and a market-based economy. The country is renowned as a technological and financial hub and it…

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  • MEET THE NAIROBI HUB VOUCHER SCHEME RECIPIENTS: A Bridal Kiondoo
    By Waithira Kibuchi Many African customs are a hybrid mix of western and indigenous traditions that are so ingrained, their origins are no longer examined but accepted as just the way things are done. Marriage ceremonies in Kenya are a quintessential example of such customs. These ceremonies  blend the indigenous dowry ceremony with wedding rites…

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  • Knowledge Hub: Interview with Uche Onah
    Uche Onah, a professional dancer and choreographer in Lagos, Nigeria sits with the CPC, Dr. Folakemi Ogungbe and shares out of his thirty seven years cognate experience in the Nigerian theatre space. By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe Uche Onah has been in the Theatre industry of Nigeria for thirty seven years. Uche, who began his career…

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  • Knowledge Hub: Interview with Dr Tosin Tume
    Dr. Tosin Tume, Nigerian female playwright and academic, shares her professional experiences with us. Please enjoy! By Dr Folakenmi Ogungbe Folakemi Ogungbe of the AHSCE Lagos Hub meets with Dr. Tosin Tume, a female playwright and academic to talk about her experiences functioning in the Nigerian creative space. Tosin, who is a self-publishing and self-funded…

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  • Knowledge Hub: Interview with Dr Patrick-Jude Oteh
    Patrick-Jude Oteh builds his Jos Repertory Theatre from nothing. The theatre company is now one of the most successful and sustainable theatre companies in Northern Nigeria. By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe Dr. Patrick-Jude Oteh, the founder and Creative Director of Jos Repertory Theatre explains he entered the theatre profession by accident as he was planning to…

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  • INTRODUCING: “Girls in Gaming”
    “GIRLS IN GAMING” – EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE EASTERN CAPE By Vuyo Madyibi Girls in Gaming is one of the beneficiaries of the voucher scheme award on behalf of the AHSCE South Africa. In the first inception meeting, a gamut of topics were addressed as the team prepared to execute their proposal. Xolile Vundla…

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  • INTRODUCING: “Ekasi Documentary Film Screenings”
    “EKASI DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENINGS” – REVIVING THE CULTURE OF THE ‘BIOSCOPE’ AT THE SOWETO BOOK CAFE. By Vuyo Madyibi “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso. The Ekasi Documentary Film Screenings came together at the first inception meeting to discuss the ease…

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  • INTRODUCING: “Rural Film Art Screenings”
    “RURAL FILM ART SCREENINGS” – CREATING ALTERNATIVE SCREENING PLATFORMS IN THE RURAL COMMUNITIES OF THE EASTERN CAPE By Vuyo Madyibi Khanyisile Zondi and Sivuyisiwe Giba attended their first inception meeting with optimism and a distinct plan of action for their Rural Film Art Screening endeavour. Khanyisile Zondi, a documentary filmmaker and PR and marketing professional,…

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  • MEET THE NAIROBI HUB VOUCHER SCHEME RECIPIENTS: LUO WOMEN AND POWER IN FASHION
    By Waithira Kibuchi What comes into your mind when you hear the word ‘Luo’? Many people think of flamboyance and elegance, and popular urban myth designates ‘Luo’ not as a community, but as a lifestyle. The Luo are a Nilotic-speaking people who make up the fourth largest ethnic group in Kenya. They are also renowned…

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  • MEET THE NAIROBI HUB VOUCHER SCHEME RECIPIENTS: MALI SAFI
    By Waithira Kibuchi How much of your life do you spend thinking about clothes? A tiny fraction, if you are like most people. You may strive to dress appropriately for different contexts in your day-to-day life, but probably never think about how your clothes got made and found their way to your wardrobe. Clothing production…

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  • MEET THE NAIROBI HUB VOUCHER SCHEME RECIPIENTS: UNDAMETA
    UNDAMETA, A MARKETPLACE FOR AFRICAN-INSPIRED SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN By Waithira Kibuchi Ever wonder where the prints and patterns on your clothing came from? Dr Odundo certainly spent many hours as a child observing the prints worn by people around her during Sunday service. She and Teresa Lubano are collaborating on UndaMeta, which was selected for…

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  • INTRODUCING: Project TEA – The Enterprise of Acting
    By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe ISRAEL WEKPE AND ISRAEL EBOH COLLABORATE ON PROJECT TEA: ENTERPRISE OF ACTING Project TEA: The Enterprise of Acting is as rich and diverse as “tea” in the Nigerian parlance. In Nigerian street culture, coffee, tea and cocoa beverages are all other similar products are considered as tea, as long as you…

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  • INTRODUCING: “Fill the Blood Bank”
    By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe Give! Save! Live! This is the theme for Project Fill the Blood Bank 2022. Ayodele Obatomi and Franklin Zaure, both of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, are collaborating with Babatunde Ojobaro, a theatre producer at Ibadan to roll out a campaign for blood donation in the Samaru area of Kaduna State.…

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  • INTRODUCING: The Blind Minstrel
    By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe DR CHUKWUMA OKOYE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN COLLABORATES WITH TWO OF HIS FORMER STUDENTS ON “THE BLIND MINSTREL” PROJECT FOR THE AHSCE, LAGOS HUB Dr. Chukwuma Okoye’s face glows with warmth as he grants the interview on “The Blind Minstrel” project. The reason for the warm glow is not far-fetched:…

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  • INTRODUCING: Theatre for Development
    By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe AWELE DEKPE’S THEATRE FOR DEVELOPMENT: ENGAGING THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH OF EGBEDA IN THE ARTS OF THE THEATRE TO MIRROR SEUN AWOBANJO’S FOOTPRINTS OF DAVID This AHSCE, Lagos Hub project: Theatre for Development: Engaging the children and youths of Egbeda in the Arts of the Theatre is the brain child of…

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  • INTRODUCING: Art for Life
    By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe “ART FOR LIFE” PROJECT KICKS OFF IN LAGOS WITH JOSHUA ALABI OF KININSO KONCEPTS AND SEGUN ADEFILA OF CROWN TROUPE AFRICA Joshua Alabi, of Kininso Koncepts is the lead collaborator on this project. He is collaborating with Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe of Africa. “Art for life” is seeking ways of…

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  • INTRODUCING: Food for all, zero hunger
    “Going To Bed Hungry Is Not Palatable!” Emmanuel Orisunmibare And Monsuru Olajide echo during the first interview for the AHSCE Lagos voucher scheme project meeting By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe Emmanuel Orisunmibare and Monsuru Olajide both explain that they have gone to bed hungry in the past and it was not a palatable situation. This sad…

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  • INTRODUCING: Awareness of the Inheritance of the Girlchild in Igboland
    Awareness of the Inheritance of the Girlchild in Igboland By Dr Folakemi Ogungbe The AHSCE (African Hub For Sustainable Creative Economies) Lagos Hub Voucher scheme presents a series of exciting projects. On the 4th of October, 2022, the CPC for Lagos, Dr. Folakemi Ogungbe, led a series of interesting chats with the collaborators on “the…

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  • Intertwined: Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria exhibition
    The ‘Intertwined: Fashion, Textile and Heritage in Nigeria’ photography exhibition, was held in King’s College London early in 2022 ( 8 February 2022 to 11 March 2022). The exhibition explored the ancient textile traditions and contemporary creative expression of craftspeople and fashion designers from across Nigeria. Braiding contemporary personal stories, cultural celebrations and global economic…

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  • Understanding and supporting Creative Economies in Africa Report
    This report (download it for free by clicking on the image) is the result of a previous stage of funded activities as part of an AHRC-funded research network. The report provides a summary of the research journey undertaken, including the methodology and data collected across the three cities involved in the network activities: Nairobi, Lagos…

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  • Creative Imagination Weeks in Nairobi focus on technology and digital media in fashion
    Written by Waithira Kibuchi, Creative Partnership Co-ordinator, AHSCE Nairobi The final themed workshop held on the 21st of June, 2022, reflected on the role of technology and digital media in the fashion industry in Kenya. The session was moderated by Ms Ogake Mosomi and featured two guest speakers. Mr Peng Chen is the Co-founder and…

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  • Creative Imagination Workshop (SA): Women in Film: supporting women in leadership and business
    Written by Vuyo Madyibi (SA Hub Creative Partnerships Coordinator). Today’s workshop, chaired by Avril Joffe focused on the theme of Women in Film to address systemic barriers and issues facing women who want to pursue careers in film. Specifically, we explored the potential of tailoring support programs, employment standards and regulations to enable women to…

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  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fashion in Kenya: Creative Imagination Weeks
    Written by Waithira Kibuchi, Creative Partnership Co-ordinator, AHSCE Nairobi. The second themed workshop, held on the 17th of June 2022, focused on entrepreneurship and innovation in the fashion industry in Kenya. The session was moderated by Ms. Ogake Mosomi and featured two guest speakers. Mr. Bevern Oguk is a Creative Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer at…

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  • Creative imagination week in Nairobi: Cultural Heritage and Identity in Fashion in Kenya
    Written by Waithira Kibuchi, Creative Partnership Co-ordinator, AHSCE Nairobi. The first themed event held on the 14th of June, 2022 was focused on Kenyan cultural identity and heritage in fashion. The session was moderated by two guest speakers. Ms. Chepkemboi Mang’ira is a fashion artist and writer working to decolonise fashion by showcasing traditional Kenyan…

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  • Creative Imagination Workshop (SA): Developing Digital Film Hubs
    Written by Vuyo Madyibi (SA Hub Creative Partnerships Coordinator). The SA Hub, facilitated by Avril Joffe of the University of the Witwatersrand, hosted the first of a series of collaboration workshops on Developing Digital Film Hubs on June 14, 2022. With digital production technology, digital distribution, and digital skills under threat, digital hubs have been…

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  • AHSCE Lagos hub hosts 4th virtual event as the Masquerade, Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe gives the keynote
    Written by Dr Folakemi Ogungbe Creative Partnership Coordinator AHSCE Lagos. The 4th event of the AHSCE, Lagos Hub, was as colourful as the masquerade Segun Adefila adorns during festivals. Segun Adefila, a masquerader, theatre artist, dancer, poet and thinker, is the co-founder of Crown Troupe of Africa, a Theatre-for-development company and Arts Academy, based in…

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  • Bolanle Austen Peters gives a keynote as AHSCE Lagos holds the second virtual Creative Imagination Event
    Written by Dr Folakemi Ogungbe Creative Partnership Coordinator AHSCE Lagos. June 10, 2022, was all shades of excitement as the Lagos Hub of the AHSCE held its second Creative Imagination event. Bolanle Austen Peters of B.A.P. Productions gave the keynote. The topic of discussion was Making Theatre Viable in Nigeria: economic and business challenges. Bolanle…

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  • “Partnership is beyond Sponsorship!” Lagos Hub holds its third virtual event as Israel Eboh, the President of NANTAP, gives the keynote
    Written by Dr Folakemi Ogungbe Creative Partnership Coordinator AHSCE Lagos. On the 9th of June, 2022, the Lagos Hub of the AHSCE held its third virtual event with the theme: the sustainability of creative partnerships in the Performing Arts. Mr. Israel, Eboh, the president of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Artistes (NANTAP) gave the…

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  • Creative Imagination Workshop (SA): Developing Alternative Film Screening Venues
    Written by Vuyo Madyibi (SA Hub Creative Partnerships Coordinator) Having identified that young people do not view South African movies with the same appreciation and enjoyment as that of other film content (Nollywood, Bollywood, and Hollywood), there is a need to consider alternative screening options with curated programmes to develop a greater appreciation of local…

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  • Nairobi AHSCE Creative Imagination Launch Event
    The African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies (AHSCE), Nairobi Hub, held its launch event on the 16th of May 2022. The event was attended by fashion designers and practitioners from Nairobi and broader Kenya. The event was opened by Dr. Samuel M. Maina and included an address by Mr Isaac Maluki, Deputy Chair of the board…

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  • AHSCE Lagos holds its first virtual Creative Imagination event
    Report by Dr. Folakemi Ogungbe The African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies (AHSCE), Lagos Hub, held its launch event on the 10th of May 2022! The event was attended by Theatre practitioners from all over Nigeria. The General Manager/Chief Executive of the National Theatre, Prof. Sunny Ododo, gave the keynote address.  Prof Sunny Ododo, a…

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  • AHSCE South Africa Launch event
    Written by Vuyo Madyibi (SA Hub Creative Partnerships Coordinator). The African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies (AHSCE), South Africa Hub, held its launch event on the 9th of May 2022. The event was attended by media and film practitioners from across South Africa. The event was chaired by Ms Avril Joffe. During the event, there…

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  • Research on fashion and creative economies in Africa
    King’s College London researchers, Dr Lauren England, Dr Eka Ikpe, Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Ananya Kabir have recently published an article on the development of the African fashion industry and its position in local and global development. The article is the first publication derived from a King’s Together-funded research project, entitled Africa Fashion Futures.…

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