The African Diaspora Awards (TAD) rolls out 2019 Honours

25th March 2019 BY checkoutafrica

The 2019 edition of The African Diaspora(TAD) Awards took place on Friday 15 March at a dinner gala at The Mayfair Hotel where various individuals and organisations were honoured for their contribution and promotion of Africa. The Awards were brought by CMG International Media Group in association with headline Partner Brand South Africa and Co-Sponsored by WorldRemit. Brand South Africa…


Nigerian-American Kamaru Usman is Africa’s First UFC Champion

7th March 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Africa now has a new fighting Champion as Nigerian-American Kamaru “Nigerian Nightmare” Usman recently earned the welterweight MMA title this past week. Becoming the first fighter from the continent to win a Ultimate Fighting Championship title, Usman who wore green shorts, as well as a green and white mouth guard during the fight in honour of his Nigerian heritage, the…


Meet the woman who opened a library in Ghana with focus on Black writers

21st February 2019 BY Ivor Moyo

In 2017, writer Sylvia Arthur packed up her belongings, including what remained of her personal library, and left London for Accra, the capital of Ghana, her parent’s home country. Driven out of the U.K. by the high cost of living and hostile political environment, she sought peace in West Africa. Part of feeling at home in Ghana was down to…


Tracee Eliss Ross; Why more people need to be like her

30th January 2019 BY Ivis

Tracee Ellis Ross is one hell of an incredible woman and one who never ceases to amaze me! Last year, the fashionista hosted the AMAs and she used this as an opportunity to bring attention to 11 amazing black designers. The Black-ish actress made it a point to wear black designers throughout the entire show – even during the promotion of the event, now that…


Iconic Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has passed away.

23rd January 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Oliver Mtukuzi, Zimbabwe’s most celebrated artist has sadly passed on January 23rd. Known all over the world, Mtukudzi also known to his fans as Tuku, is reported to have passed away at the Avenues Clinic in Harare – as first reported by Zimbabwean publication, Newsday. The 66-year-old was loved the world over, not only for his distinct style of music…


Nigerian Silas Adekunle is one of the world’s highest paid robotics engineers

21st January 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Nigerian born Silas Adekunle fell in with technology at an early age, honing his craft through tinkering with amateur robotics, watching videos on YouTube and dabbling in coding to now being one of the world’s highest-paid robotics engineers. Now blurring the lines between gaming, robotics and augmented reality through his company, Reach Robotics, Silas says rigorous training and constant refining…


Ebun Oladoye X Yomi Casual Collaborates for Afrocalypso Collection

17th January 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Emerging fashion brand Ebun Oladoye and ace designer Yomi Casual have lifted the veil on their collection termed Afrocalypso, highlighting different designs made with the indigo-dyed fabric called Adire. Shot by Ayo Alasi, the cast of the brands collaborative includes Yomi Makun of Yomi Casual and Nollywood actress/TV host Bridget Chigbufue modeling the unisex pieces. The Adire fabric which is…


Kenyan Innovator Invents Smart Hand Gloves that Turn Sign Language Into Audio Speech

11th January 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Africans have always been great inventors and 25-year-old Kenyan innovator, Roy Allela is the latest proof of this after inventing smart hand gloves that translate sign language into audio speech. Inspired by the need to communicate with his 6-year-old niece who was born deaf and encountered difficulties while communicating with family members who weren’t conversant with sign language, he created…


Black People That Ruled 2018

9th January 2019 BY Ivis

I don’t know if you noticed but 2018 was an amazing year for black people. We started the year off in true fashion with the release of Black Panther – a film which helped to change the western world’s perceptions of African heritage – one that we have been trying so hard to change for decades! NYFW had its most…