7 Must-Follow African Creatives
Must Follow African Creatives
Africa is a beautiful continent filled with abundant colour, natural resources and creative people. From the fabric weavers to the skilled carpenters and painters, Africa has a plenty to offer when it comes to creativity. In this article, we are going to list some of the best creative Africans to follow in Instagram. Be inspired.
Thandiwe Muriu is an internationally recognized photographer and creative storyteller. A Kenyan native, Thandiwe’s creative works have been displayed globally. Thandiwe’s work is passionately created using bold colours and deep opposing tones and lighting to reveal some exceptional pieces. She proudly highlights and emphasises dark skin tones, placing them on a backdrop of vibrant colours and patterns.
Citizins is a highly talented Ghanaian/American artist. His work is distinctive in the sense that he combines photographic imagery with eye-popping patterns, paint and marker pens. He also creates fabric patterns and produces limited edition clothing using his art work. Citizins work often has a political, social or cultural message.
His work has been shown across the globe in Ghana, South Africa, United States and the United Kingdom.
Teff Theory is a powerful visual journal created by Nigerian writer and award winning artist Stephanie Nnamani. Her brand of minimal yet bold photography tells a story and provokes discussion and inquiry into the the messages that she is trying to convey. Her work seeks to encourage dialogue on topics such as concepts of identity, culture and personal development. She uses colour in a very subtle yet striking way, the combination of artistic prowess, and her experience in Social Sciences makes her work thought provoking and intriguing.
Selly Raby Kane
Selly Raby Kane
Selly Raby Kane is a world renowned Senegalese fashion designer. She launched her distinctive brand of clothing in Dakar in 2008. Her fashion line connects fashion with art to produce exceptional, innovative pieces. Her most famous collection is entitled ‘A Day with Miss N’Diaye.’ It is an evergreen catalogue of elegant clothing that combines bold innocent pieces with rigid androgyny.
Sarah Diouf is the owner and creator of Senegalese media firm Ifren Media. The company produces two in-house publications, Ghubar, an online magazine focusing on showcasing African and Arabic fashion, arts, culture and lifestyle. Noir, an online and print publication African women on the continent and in the diaspora. Diouf also owns a clothing brand called Tongoro and her page displays beautiful photography, art and fashion.
Arinze Stanley is a Nigerian surrealist painter, producing stunning hyper-realistic portraits. His work looks so realistic, you would be forgiven if you believed that each piece was actually a photograph rather than a painting.
Chale Socks is a dynamic, exceptionally creative socks/clothing company based in Ghana, West Africa. The founder Kurtis Kudjo, creates stunning patterns using traditional Adinkra symbols and native Ghanaian patterns and motifs. Their page is colourful and artistic, they are currently being hailed as the Happy Socks of Africa.