When Passion Beckons! The Story of A Jeweler At Heart

15th March 2017 BY checkoutafrica

When passion beckons, sometimes you just have to follow, such is the story of this exceptional jeweler, the founder of Jewlery by Itoro Okon. In the year 2015, at Bellafricana, we started the “Exclusive Interviews” section on our digest to give readers a close insight to the beautiful minds behind the brands on our platform. Now these exclusive interviews are brought to…


Modern Antique: Age Old Culture meets Modern Design

11th March 2017 BY checkoutafrica

Modern antique to some, might sound like the impossible. But there’s a quote that says; “Things of quality have no fear of time”. I am sure you would agree with me then, that there’s a rare but possible chance of there being a modern antique. Such is the case with the exquisite crafts and designs by of the amazing Made In…


Meet The Two African Film Makers Changing The Landscape of Independent Film

28th January 2017 BY checkoutafrica

Anthony Abuah and Segilola Ogidan are the film making dream team, who have captured the imaginations of critics and fans from across the world with their new political Thriller ‘MONA’.  A film that is breaking down boundaries and changing the landscape of how independent African Cinema is received, this film goes beyond the restrictive labels of Nollywood or even Hollywood. …


Tiwale, Empowering Malawian Women

31st December 2016 BY checkoutafrica

I recently had a chat with a 22-year-old Malawian girl named Ellen Chilemba who is the Founder and Director of Tiwale Community Based Organization. Ellen’s journey through life has been fascinating, and I discovered her while sifting through Twitter as I do. After asking her a few questions, I immediately knew I wanted to do a write up on her.…


Dananai Chipunza, A Thriving Zimbabwean Culinarian

10th November 2016 BY checkoutafrica

At a mere 24 years old, Dananai Chipunza is a Zimbabwean Chef and Culinary Entrepreneur. Having obtained her qualification at the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Paris, France. She expressed to me how very passionate about food and culture she is, and it’s exciting to have caught her while on her journey to bring better knowledge of…


Art Interview| Enigma Art Collective Founder Khenye Gager Talks Pop-up Gallery and Curating Womanish

9th November 2016 BY checkoutafrica

We recently brought you the news about the new exhibition of Enigma art collective in Abuja (Click here to check it out), a pop-up gallery that is transforming the way art is presented across Nigeria. We approached the founder and the curator of  Enigma art collective to get to know the gallery as well  find out what inspired “Woman.ish”. Read and…


Design and sustainability in Africa

8th November 2016 BY checkoutafrica

Social media has once again worked its magic on me. I was recently delighted to discover a documentary on Facebook portraying a group of women in Burkina Faso who had the genius idea of recycling plastic bags to turn them into handbags and other accessories. I was also pleased to see that these women took matters in their own hands…


Black Dolls: Toyitoyi Toys Launches Black Dolls After A Desperate Need For Darker Skinned Dolls

3rd November 2016 BY checkoutafrica

Black Dolls: Toyitoyi Toys Launches Black Dolls After A Desperate Need For Darker Skinned Dolls Toyitoyi Toys was born two years ago out of a desperate and urgent need for darker skinned dolls, especially on the African Continent. After reading a newspaper article on a child’s perception of beauty and the value of children playing with dolls that resemble themselves,…


Maison Du Style, Dominating Zimbabwe’s Fashion Scene

20th October 2016 BY Lerato Chiyangwa

This past couple of weeks I have had a few chats with a couple of Zimbabwean designers, and it only made sense for me to include the Creative Director of the fashion brand Maison Du Style (MDS), which means house of style. Her fashion brand name derives many influences of European culture, mostly from the French, and therefore she found it…