Afrika Design: African designers share their stories
πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ό Venuste Kubwimana on water & education access through positive action | ep.11

πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ό Venuste Kubwimana on water & education access through positive action | ep.11

March 2, 2021

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.Β 

He won Global Innovator of the Year Award 2018 at the 10th Anniversary AIDF Global Summit in Washington DC and his project β€˜A Water Kiosk at School’ was named among the top 50 innovations at the Africa Innovation Summit 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

This episode is part 5 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design AfrikaΒ festival.

Check out our new visual identity and website at www.afrika.design !

πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ώ Bruno Songane’s Baptism by Fire at Goodwall.io | ep.10

πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ώ Bruno Songane’s Baptism by Fire at Goodwall.io | ep.10

February 10, 2021

Bruno is a project manager at Goodwall, a professional development community for youth around the world.

Over the past 5 years, he has been part of various initiatives in pursuit of Goodwall’s mission to empower the next generation of talent on their learning and earning journeys, including the creation of the BetterTogether Africa program designed to support emerging young talent in the continent.

He was born and spent his childhood in Mozambique and now calls Geneva, Switzerland home.

We talk through his experiences thus far in his career from internships to being part of a start-up.

This episode is part 4 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design AfrikaΒ festival.

πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ό Jean Claude Nsabimana on the Creative Process of Art Direction | ep.9

πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ό Jean Claude Nsabimana on the Creative Process of Art Direction | ep.9

January 25, 2021

Nsabimana Jean Claude is a visual artist and a contemporary storyteller. His interests lie in photography, film and video production and design.

As a visual artist he believes one should be the voice for the voiceless. He uses his work as an activism tool. Jean Claude has won the Adobe Design Achievement Award in 2019 for Top Talent in Photography.

He shares his upbringing, how living in πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Kenya and πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ South Africa has influenced his life, the importance of storytelling about sustainability and more.

This episode is part 3 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design Afrika festival.

πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ Benedicta Uweru on Sexual reproductive health | ep.8

πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ Benedicta Uweru on Sexual reproductive health | ep.8

January 5, 2021

Her projects have informed thousands of girls on Menstrual Hygiene and new Menstrual Products.

Benedicta Uweru is the founder @girls4developmentgoals , co-founder of @bennyandfreddylimited, a Supply Chain Pharmacist and Young Leader.

She impacts communities through development projects around Sexual Reproductive HealthΒ  (SRHR) with a focus on: Teenage Pregnancy, Menstrual Hygiene, Nutrition, Education and Capacity Development.

Benedicta tells stories from her childhood to how she has gone to inspire so many at such a young age, the value of design to her work and differences between cups and pads.

This episode is part 2 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design Afrika festival.

πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Phinoshey on music with an Afrikan mindset | Sun from Kibera album | ep.7

πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Phinoshey on music with an Afrikan mindset | Sun from Kibera album | ep.7

December 23, 2020

'Sun from Kibera' is the debut album from Phinoshey, a self taught producer, writer, and rapper from Kenya. His musical inspiration pulls from hip-hop, soul, and jazz. Kibera is the largest urban slum in Africa.

We listen to the album with him and hear about the stories and relationships that influenced it, and his plans for the future.

His friend and collaborator Brian Amimo, who helped to arrange the album, joins to give his inputs and stress the importance of classical music.

Phinoshey is also the producer behind the 'Labelled Human' song that was written and recorded during Nairobi Design Week 2020.

πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ Blessing Akpan on disruptive education | ep.6

πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ Blessing Akpan on disruptive education | ep.6

October 28, 2020

Blessing is a Google Certified Educator, Founder of 'The Innovative Child Network' and Ambassador for HundrED.org, and still studying for her Undergraduate degree. She's an inspiration to learners and teachers.

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The Innovative Child Network: https://www.ticnetwork.com.ng/

Blessing's LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blessingakpan/

HundrED.org Profile: https://hundred.org/en/users/blessing-akpan

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Part 1 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design Afrika festival. Afrika Design was the podcast partner for Open Design Afrika festival 2020.

πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Don Adero on having fun in design and research | ep.5

πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Don Adero on having fun in design and research | ep.5

October 10, 2020

Don learned to appreciate the art of storytelling and photography from his father (2:22).

He has worked as a graphic designer at Nation Media, graduated as part of the first cohort from Nairobi Design Institute (12:45), and is a design researcher at IDEO.org (33:36).

He gives tips to designers (50:15), we discuss his design bookshelf (58:38), interviews that touched him (1:03:06) and how his faith makes him a better designer (1:08:07).

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡­ Daniel Ampofo on the hottest design talent in Ghana | ep.4

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡­ Daniel Ampofo on the hottest design talent in Ghana | ep.4

August 23, 2020

On this episode with Daniel Ampofo we discuss local & global design mentors like Chris Do, Ghanaian creative talent, African influence on Beyonce albums, the future of designers in society and much more.

Daniel is the founder of DexArtmosphere and DexGhana, a design education platform and conference, creative director at 93Studios, VP at Hacklab Foundation and a design writer and observer.

Outro 🎢:'Top of the Morning' by Clef and Bandana.

11:00 Mentors 20:00 DexGhana vision 30:45 Long term ambitions, designers earning a seat at the table & those he looks up to 1:01:15 Future plans & Dex conference info

πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Three residents on designing your first products | ep.3

πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Three residents on designing your first products | ep.3

May 23, 2020

Kashyap, Farhia and Grishon took part in ‘The Urban Residency’, organised by Kenya Lighting Industries and Nairobi Design Week to give young designers an opportunity to bring real products to market. They spent 5 days at Kenya Lighting Industries, refined their designs & learned about industrial manufacturing methods: laser cutting, CNC punching and electrostatic powder coating.

Intros: 6:45 Process: 14:47 Learnings: 24:30 Feedback: 43:45 Legacy: 46:29 Outro: 59:45

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Eugene Kavuma on Uganda’s design future | ep.2

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Eugene Kavuma on Uganda’s design future | ep.2

May 19, 2020

Eugene Kavuma is the founder & director of Kampala Design Week.

We caught up during the 2nd KDW at his home in Uganda, discussed the trials and tribulations of starting a design festival, his design travels, collaborations with the British council and NEON Studio and how they turned 100 wooden stalls into an installation for the festival.

He also talks about the $700 bet on his own exhibition, curating Uganda's creatives and more. Find him @kavumae & @kampaladesignweek

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