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Afrika Design: Creative Tour of Africa

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Join us as we seek to learn about every country on the African continent. Stories behind the culture of design problems, systems and solutions. Brought to you by Nairobi Design Week (@nairobidesignweek). Hosted by Adrian Jankowiak (@adrianj.ig) & Naitiemu (@naitiemu) Edited by GroMartian. Produced by Episodes and transcripts at www.Afrika.Design Thank you for tuning in, hope you enjoy the show! Please leave a review to let us know what you thought.




Join us as we seek to learn about every country on the African continent. Stories behind the culture of design problems, systems and solutions. Brought to you by Nairobi Design Week (@nairobidesignweek). Hosted by Adrian Jankowiak (@adrianj.ig) & Naitiemu (@naitiemu) Edited by GroMartian. Produced by Episodes and transcripts at www.Afrika.Design Thank you for tuning in, hope you enjoy the show! Please leave a review to let us know what you thought.






30 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Make It Circular! โ™ป๏ธ feat. Esther Kute

This is a bonus episode of Afrika Design about circular design. It's in partnership with What Design Can Do and their 'make it circular' challenge. We discuss examples of design from all over the world and some specific ones from Kenya and Africa. There are examples of culture, nature, materials, storytelling, and even water preservation. We also discussed that sometimes the best design thinking comes from experts in fields other than design. Thank you to Esther Kute who joined us for the...


29 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Mistakes Make Us | David Ogutu

In this episode, we're off to Uganda. We have a conversation with the co-founder of Kafunda Kreative, which is a platform that connects creatives with markets to further their creative career. We discuss the challenges that creatives in Africa face and the possible solutions/steps that can be taken to elevate freelancers and those in the creative industry. He shares his life experiences and how they shaped the company and opened doors for not just him but others around him. He talks further...


28 ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Donโ€™t Forget About Yourself | Dillion S. Phiri

Welcome back to Afrika Design! We begin the next leg of our journey in Zimbabwe. This will be our first episode under the Shifting Narratives program supported by the British Council and in partnership with Kampala Design Week. In this episode, we talk with Dillion who is a social sculptor and the founder of Creative Nestlings; a design community comprised of Afrikans from across the continent. We discuss community, self, and what can and needs to be done for creatives to thrive in Afrika....


27 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Why Afrika With a โ€™Kโ€™ | Mugendi Mโ€™Rithaa

Our next stop: Kenya. This episode took us in a nice full circle, with Prof. Mugendi K. Mโ€™Rithaa, who has been mentioned by several guests on the podcast. Prof. Mugendi K. Mโ€™Rithaa is a transdisciplinary industrial designer, consultant, educator, and researcher currently teaching at Machakos University, Kenya. Heโ€™s also the President Emeritus and Convenor of the Senate of the World Design Organization (WDO). He has a special interest in the pivotal role of design thinking in advancing the...


26 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ How Artists Get Spotted | Ifeoma Dike

Choo chooooo, all aboard! Next stop is Nigeria with Ifeoma Dike, an art advisor and curator as well as the founder and CEO of IDDUK. Ifeoma intensively travels across Africa and the world to identify new talents, underrepresented artists, and spot collecting and investment opportunities. In this episode, we talk about pricing art for artists on different levels, digitization of art and emerging art tech, diversity in art, distribution, and collection, and more! *For the best experience,...


25 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Sensible, Expressive, Unexpected | Fenoson Zafimahova

Welcome to Episode 25 of Afrika Design: a creative tour of Afrika. Our next stop: Madagascar. Fenoson Zafimahova, a Lead Concept Designer, led the design of JBL portable speakers such as JBL Xtreme, Flip3 and Pulse 2. We discuss the creative process, AI in design, Malagasy culture, and the knowledge locals have about design. We also discuss the future of design and the biggest challenge facing designers, sustainability. *For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones. LinkedIn:...


24 ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Afrika - Love Letters | Osmond Tshuma

Welcome to Episode 24 of Afrika Design: a creative tour of Afrika. Our next stop: Zimbabwe. Osmond Tshuma takes us on a journey into language and how it can influence art within a culture. We also explore the 'Afrika - Love letters' project that celebrates African independence and uniqueness through typography. We dive deep into Zimbabwean languages and their connection with art and technology, and how design mistakes can become a tradition and even part of the culture. We also look at...


23 ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Design For The Human Being | Juliet Kavishe

Welcome to Episode 23 of Afrika Design: a creative tour of Afrika. Our next stop: Tanzania. Juliet Kavishe brings with her a wealth of experience as a professional Interior Architect born in Tanzania and raised in four countries on two continents. Her personal Design Motto is that impactful design is achieved once you consider the complexities and interrelationships of human beings and their surroundings. In this episode, she walks us through interior and architectural design and the changes...


22 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Indigenous Knowledge In Design | Omagano Kankondi

In this episode, we head off to Namibia to dive deep into its culture and indigenous knowledge. We examine how different communities approach life, done through a series of boot camps in the informal sector facilitated by UNDP and the Namibian Government. Omagano talks about the UNDP accelerator lab and how they work with market vendors to connect them to buyers through a digitized system during the pandemic. She further expands on some of the unique cultural differences found only in...


21 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ We Are Fulfilled | Senetisiwe Ginindza

In this episode, our creative tour takes us to Eswatini through the lens of Senetisiwe's poem "Casted Silhouettes". A story of love expressed through poetry and performance art. Along the way, we'll discover the beauty of Eswatini and its culture, and uncover what it's like to be queer. We'll battle challenges associated with LGBTQ+ and queer love. Join us on this journey of expression. *For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones. IG: @senetisiwe Music by: Ngalah Oreyo...


20 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Culture Through Ergonomics | Richie Moalosi

Welcome to Season 2 of the Afrika Design Podcast. In this episode, Richie Moalosi, a professor in the Department of Industrial Design and Technology at the University of Botswana, takes us through the connection between culture and ergonomics in the design of products and services. We look at the impact that indigenous communities have in the creation process. Furthermore, we look at how cultural differences inform the design process and how ownership of projects impacts the long-term...


19 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Into the Forest | Mutana Gakuru

Mutana Gakuru is a Kenyan creative based between Paris and Nairobi, and is the founder and creative producer of the African Fiction Academy; a hub for artistic innovation inspired by African cultural heritage. In this podcast he talks about the 'Sounds of Freedom', an audio film series that captures the lives and personal experiences of the young men and women who chose to fight for Kenya's independence. *For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones. IG:...


18 ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Journey into Textiles | Fungi Dube

Fungi Dube is a scientist by training (BSc. Human Anatomy and Physiology & Biochemistry) and a Creative Solopreneur by calling. She is a strategic, intentional, calculated, and self-taught brand and visual identity graphic designer from Harare, Zimbabwe with 6 years of experience. In this podcast episode, she talks about one of her projects, Threads. Threads is a visual journey through the writing and graphic systems embedded in African textiles. Check out her Behance page to learn more...


17 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Unboxing Africa | Gerald Gichuhi

When I started out as an artist, I had zero clue on how to exhibit my work and connect with clients. It is through a caring community of creatives, and my persistence to discover art spaces that I was able to get to know more. This is a common issue faced by majority of emerging artists. After all the hard work that goes into making these amazing creations, what next? Unboxed Africa Offers that solution . Gerald Gichuhi, founder and CEO, expounds on how they focus on discovering different...


16 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Art of Tech | Nyambura M. Waruingi

Nyambura M. Waruingi creates, curates, and collaborates through various artistic expressions, bringing audiences unique ways to imagine new worlds. She's a filmmaker and curator passionate about combining art, design and technology. She pushes the frontier of what is possible through her creative enterprise Akoia & Co. by producing and curating projects, which merge cinema, visual arts, gaming, and immersive technologies. Nyambura joins us on Afrika Design to talk disruptive technologies,...


15 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Being Heard | Samantha Weya

"Skiza na Skika"โ€“Skika Afrika is a platform for African creatives to boost their careers. "It's about being heard," says Founder Samantha Weya, which is why she created a meeting point where Africa's creatives can connect, find work, increase their visibility & upskill. For her, Skika pursues a balance between recognizing the narratives behind African stories, but also giving creatives the infrastructure to build sustainable creative careers. From portfolio curation to fan support, brand...


14 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ World Class | Guidione Machava

What makes a World Class Designer? There are designers who make things look better. There are designers who make things work better. Guidione Machava @guidione_machava is the designer who makes teams collaborate better. Guidione brings his experience as a Product Designer, Creative Leader, and Community Builder to this episode. From World Bank projects, scrappy startups, and non-profits across the continent, Guidione commits his time to systems, products and services that have a positive...


13 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Nairobi By Ear | Jesse Itemere

Jesse Itemere @jesseitemere is the visual designer and illustrator behind the album artwork for Nairobi Yetu, a digital composition that memorializes and celebrates our city under the sun with typically "Nairobian" elements and symbols. In this episode, we discuss Jesse's background in Law & Development Studies, and passion for human-centered design, which brought to bear on the collective, creative process and style behind the resulting album cover. "What makes Nairobi Nairobi?" "The idea...


12 ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Appropriation to appreciate | Batsirai Madzonga

If all designers globally aspire to create the same aesthetic, how can our designs represent the cultures they come from? Batsirai Madzonga @batsimadz , designer of Sankofa Design System shares his inspirations & experiences. We discuss the process of creating, re-appropriating typography, iconography and color palettes and he talks about his mentor @sakimaf. โ€œI took inspiration from nature, for example, fractals, and it was interesting to explore and create patterns and geometry in UI...


11 ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Positive Actions | Venuste Kubwimana

Venuste Kubwimana is the President and Secretary General of the International Transformation Foundation (ITF), based in Kenya and Rwanda. The formation of ITF was inspired by his troubled youth during the Rwanda Genocide in 1994. He strives to make the world a better place for the youth through ITF. He won Global Innovator of the Year Award 2018 at the 10th Anniversary AIDF Global Summit in Washington DC and his project โ€˜A Water Kiosk at Schoolโ€™ was named among the top 50 innovations at the...