We're so happy to announce that our latest fashion book - Not African Enough - is now on sale at our new online store! The 368 page hardcover book comes in two cover editions (pick your favorite!) and features the works of designers Adele Dejak, Wambui Kibue, Anyango Mpinga, Ami Doshi Shah, Ambica Shah, Katungulu Mwendwa, Munga, Kepha Maina, Ogake Mosomi, Namnyak Odupoy, Firyal Nur Al Hossain, Wambui Mukenyi and design duo M+K (Muqaddam Latif and Keith Macharia), as well as scrumptious commissioned photography by Maganga Mwagogo, Joseph "Nabster" Chege, Thandiwe Muriu and Sarah Waiswa.
Our own Jim Chuchu went down to the beautiful (and chilly) Boschendal wine estate in Cape Town to take part as an advisor in the second edition of Electric South's New Dimensions VR workshop. There, he made a presentation to the1 participants about our experiences as a collective working on our virtual reality short early this year, what we learned in the process, and how VR may be useful in our future work.
Throughout the workshop, it was interesting to see the huge technological strides and new techniques that have emerged since we were in production early this year. It was also great to reconnect with some of our favorite artists like fellow workshop adviser Selly Raby Kane and workshop participant Sarah Waiswa. Other highlights included listening to the amazing Kamal Sinclair’s insights on emerging technology’s intersections with gender, race and sexual minorities (read some of her thoughts here and look out for her forthcoming report on the same), getting to see amazing VR films like Darren Emerson’s Indefinite - a poignant VR piece about detention of immigrants in the UK, and getting hands-on with Tilt Brush!
The Chale Wote Festival is a celebration of Ghanaian culture focused on the city of Accra, with intense workshops and conversations among artists and audiences from the Continent and the Diaspora. The festival screened our fashion short To Catch A Dream last year, and we were very honoured when they invited us to present our crime procedural web series, Tuko Macho, at a marathon screening of all twelve episodes (nobody had ever asked to screen all 12 episodes in one sitting)!
Njoki Ngumi and Sunny Dolat went to Accra to represent us at the festival. The marathon screening was very exciting, and it was interesting to learn from the audience about the similarities in context between Nairobi and Accra, including the gap between the rich and poor, the lack of safety in urban contexts, impunity and silence around the misdemeanors of religious officials, and the intersected oppressions centred on gender and sexual orientation, which result in the silence of the wider population by rewarding compliance.
Being in Accra allowed Njoki and Sunny to take part in the street celebrations that accompany the festival, during which varied processions of traditional priests and healers, royal families, young men and women occupied the open streets of Jamestown in the company of a crowd of 50,000 people of all ages, from children to senior citizens. All in all, the street celebration was a wonderful way to round off the Accra experience, and a beautiful introduction to the artistic processes, outputs and expressions of our West African counterparts.
We are so excited to have Tuko Macho screening at the Chale Wote Street Art festival in Ghana! Our very own Dr. Njoki Ngumi and Sunny Dolat will also be there for a Q&A session, so do stop by and say hello if you're in the area!
Tuko Macho will be screened Friday 18th September 7:20pm-9:00pm and Saturday 19th 4:00pm-7:00pm. The Q&A session shall take place on Saturday 19th after the screening. Find further details regarding the festival here.