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Africa’s thriving scene of contemporary artists and makers reaffirms the long-overlooked creative diversity of the continent. These makers are often energised with a strong social purpose alongside their creative vision:

Abiola Onabule’s garments are inspired by her Nigerian heritage, taking cloth that holds sentimental significance and incorporating it into her designs, whilst in Togo the former Palais des Gouverneurs has been restored and transformed from its colonialist roots to become the Palais de Lomé – a unique public space that celebrates the cultures of Africa and its diaspora.

In South Africa, the leading potter Yogi de Beer, whose studio is based in an old Cape Dutch winery, focuses primarily on clay wine amphora, while the renowned artist Porky Hefer draws attention to ocean pollution with his collection of large-scale handmade seating composed of plastic bags, straws, and coffee cups.

Zizipho Poswa


Bubu Ogisi


Yogi de Beer

Tarek El Safty

Madoda Fani

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