Afro Nation Festival is Making Its Way to Ghana

11th April 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Didn’t manage to get a ticket to Afronation Portugal this year? Well, I have some good news for you, the festival is coming to the home of the infamous azonto. Ghana’s stunning coastline which stretches 560km, with white sandy beaches that hug the Atlantic Ocean and average daily temperatures of 30°C is set to host the 2nd Afronation festival of the…

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LVMH Prize Finalists Include Two African Designers

4th April 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

“The diversity and richness of the collections presented for the sixth edition of the LVMH Prize this year is a testament to these talented designers, making the decision of our 63 experts incredibly difficult,” noted Delphine Arnault on the LVMH Prize. Last week on Wednesday the 27th of March history was made yet again, LVMH announced the names of the…

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Seychelles; The Paradise Island

26th March 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Not many people know this (which is extremely surprising to me but then again I pride myself in knowing a lot about my home continent) but Africa is surrounded by a number of breathtakingly beautiful Islands – there is more to it than the big 5 and safari trips! Today I’m bringing you everything you need to know about the…

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Dear Gogo, A Heartwarming Tribute

10th March 2019 BY checkoutafrica

  Dear Gogo, is a tribute to my late grandmother, I hope you enjoy reading and that you can relate to it.   I remember our long phone calls like it was only yesterday. I am still coming to terms with the fact that I will never hear your voice again. Years have passed, but the memories are still as…

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Is Ecotourism Important in Africa

7th March 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

For those of you who don’t know, the definition of ecotourism according to the International Ecotourism Society is “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” As a sub-sector, ecotourism is one of the fastest growing sub-sectors worldwide, reporting growth of between 10 – 15% annually. I strongly believe that…

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Industrie Africa: The Digital Answer to a Traditional Showroom

1st March 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Industrie Africa is the answer to all of our problems. For years I have struggled to find good quality, talented African fashion brands that were more than just wax print motifs. Everyone knows that there is more to African Fashion than just Ankara print designs which is what Industrie Africa is trying to show the world. Named the “Wikipedia of African…

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The Breakdown: Where Does The African Fabric Really Come From?

18th February 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Many Africans would only wear the fabric for special occasions but as times are changing the print is becoming a part of everyday fashion and seeing as the African wax print is becoming more and more mainstream I thought it’d be a good idea to give you guys a little history lesson on the fabric! We all love the African…

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The African Fashion Brands You Need to Know!

3rd February 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

I’m going to be completely honest with you, before 2015 I knew NOTHING about African fashion. I was completely oblivious. I think my love for African fashion was initially an accident (I know it sounds crazy right). I remember I was on Instagram and I came across an influencer in one of the first brands I ever discovered – Grass…

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Were missionaries good or bad for Africa?

10th May 2018 BY Andile Hadebe

Growing up in a Zimbabwean Christian home, I always found it daunting to question the real intentions of missionaries in Zimbabwe. It always seemed like they gave a lot and in return I just had to be grateful and not question their intentions. Like come on, they introduced me to Jesus, “the centre of my life”. How dare I question…

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