Author Archives: Ms. Afrika

  • Katy Valentine

    Summer is in full swing in this part of the world. The long hot days, the clear blue skies, the red earth and sweet green grass- it is all quite glorious really. And with the festive season only a few weeks away, it seems like we are all collectively starting to give into the holiday …

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    Women’s Day

    Today is National Women’s Day in South Africa. This public holiday marks the anniversary of one of the largest demonstrations staged in this country’s history. On this day in 1956, 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the Apartheid government’s control over the movement …

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    Amatuli

    My love of markets comes from my Mother. A significant part of my childhood was spent exploring and looking at the beautiful and creative things people made. I love weekend flea markets that are a treasure trove of interesting and unusual things that spring up in the morning but disappear by sunset. I relish wandering …

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  • Bongi & Blessing Crochet

    At Africanismo, we believe in telling stories, so that conscientious consumers know and understand where their products came from and the incredible journey it took to reach them. We believe that items that have good stories behind them (or how people came to find and own them) are infinitely more interesting than mass produced products …

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  • Wild Threads

    It’s winter time in Southern Africa, which is the perfect time to be in the bush going on Safari. This time of year reminds me of the warm days spent looking for (and hopefully spotting) wild animals; and the cold nights in front of a warm fire under a starry sky. It is this deep …

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  • The Bead House

    A few weeks ago I was walking around a market in Johannesburg. It was the perfect African Winter’s afternoon. The sky was clear, the sun was warm, and only a slightly chilly breeze gave us the sign that the seasons had changed. The time spent being outdoors and talking to artisans about their crafts and …

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  • African Renaissance

    I first met Vicki and Pablo years ago at a party. Even back then, it was immediately clear that there was something very cool and different about them. They are both experienced entrepreneurs who believe in showcasing the best and most beautiful aspects of our continent, all while developing  local manufacturing skills. This passion and …

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  • Pone

    Lesego Maloka is the artistic force behind Pone Creatives. The first things you notice about Lesego when you meet her are her broad smile and infectious positivity. This spirit has been translated into her colourful, Pop Art textile designs that reflect a bold and modern African aesthetic. Born in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Lesego’s interest in …

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  • Quivertree Publications

    When coming up with a name for our online store, we traded names back and forth over endless cups of tea. We needed a name that was fun and different, that honoured our African roots but could also be translated globally. Someone mentioned Africanismo and it all just clicked into place. Africanismo is a word …

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