Kenneth Ize makes his PFW debut

11th March 2020 BY Ivis Ngwenya

A few months I spoke about the fashion phenomenon that is Kenneth Ize and the fact that he was among the finalists for the LVMH prize in 2019, well now I am back again to speak about this incredible man and how he has made history yet again at Paris Fashion Week by being one of several African fashion designers…

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“Pigments”, a series exploring the art of bodypainting in Africa.

9th March 2020 BY checkoutafrica

“Bodypainting has been one of the earliest and most common forms of cultural and artistic expressions, regardless of  whether it is done for religious, social or simply aesthetic reasons.  In Africa especially, bodypainting has historically had a significant place in many societies, often to signify one’s social status or belonging to a religious group. In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, the Surma…

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‘PUFF PUFF’

18th February 2020 BY Uvie Giwewhegbe

The trouble of an appropriate snack to save one through the day is usually a moment of reflection until one lays eyes on the perfect option to make one’s heart skip a bit or wear a grin…Puff puff does that to almost everyone, especially in Nigeria. Puff puff is a Nigerian street snack made of flour, sugar, yeast, salt, eggs(optional)…

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A Country Called Africa?

11th February 2020 BY Bong

“Africa is NOT a Country” Africa is considered as the world’s second most populous, which is also the second-largest continent. For those who are not familiar with this amazing continent, you need to know that it is basically made up of 54 countries. Although most people from other continents see Africa as an entity, i.e. a country in most cases,…

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Kru People: African Tribe that Refused to be Captured into Slavery

15th January 2020 BY checkoutafrica

The Kru people are indigenous to Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Kru were most known for seafaring and their strong resistance to capture by European enslavers in the Transatlantic slave trade. The Kru would fight vehemently and even take their own lives before surrendering to enslavement. Because of their tenacity, they were labeled as difficult and less valuable in the slave…

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Malik Ambar, The Ethiopian Slave Who Later Became King In India

16th December 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Malik Ambar was among the tens of thousands of men, women, and children captured in Africa and sold into slavery in the Middle East and India over nearly nine centuries.  His story is also an indication of the ability of some in the predominantly Muslim Indian Ocean world to rise far above their initial servile status. Born Chapu in 1548 in Harar Province, Ethiopia, Ambar…

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Ghanaian Woman Launches 1st Online Directory Of Qualified Mentak Health Specialists In Africa

28th October 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Mindfully African has created the first online directory of qualified mental health specialists based in Africa.While championing and educating the public on Mental Health issues have recently become mainstream in other parts of the world, ignorance surrounding mental health in Africa persists.With mental health services low on the agenda for some African governments, Mindfully African was created to fill the…

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The Affordable Art Sale from iDesign By Tola Akerele

29th September 2019 BY Ivor Moyo

The 5th edition of the iDesign Art Affordable Art Fair is set to take place from the 4th to the 5th of October 2019 at The Whitespace in Ikoyi. The event provides upcoming artists with a platform to showcase and sell their work. It also introduces masters of the art scene to an intrigued audience by showcasing them as Feature…

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BIDHAAR x CHECKOUT AFRICA T-Shirt Competition: Bringing Africa Together Through Art.

23rd September 2019 BY Ivor Moyo

The recent Xenophobic attacks in South Africa against nationals from other African countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and much more inspired this BIDHAAR and CHECKOUT AFRICA T-Shirt design competition. So, you may be wondering what is Xenophobia? It means “extreme hatred, dislike or fear of foreigners, their customs, religions, or anything that is seemingly strange”. The word which was…

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