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Interview with Bob Pixel

Rise Africa: Are you a self taught photographer or did you have a mentor that showed you the ropes? Bob Pixel: I studied graphic designing for my 1st degree in KNUST and photography was one of the subjects you had to pass before getting the degree. That’s how I developed the interest and acquired the … Continue reading

Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, better known as Fela ANIKULAPO KUTI or simply FELA, is a Nigerian Music Legend, performer, political maverick and the pioneer of the “Afrobeat’’ genre of music. His music was a mix of Jazz, Funk and Highlife, filled with sounds of traditional African instruments, West African chants and rhythms with a call-and-answer … Continue reading

Urban Twist to Congolese Music

Music from the Democratic Republic of Congo dominated the African continent for countless years. There are many opinions about the decline of its popularity outside of the DR Congo, but one could possibly say that decline is due to an inability “keep up with the times” and not to the quality of DR Congo music … Continue reading

Artist Spotlight: Dawn Okoro

Dawn Okoro’s unique techniques and innovative creativity makes her artwork eye-catching, fresh, and popular amongst an assortment of crowds. Her work is inspired by composition techniques similar to the ones used in fashion photography. Using oil and acrylic paints, photography, and collage techniques, she incorporates pop culture into concepts for her paintings, which give her … Continue reading

Women on the Move! Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu: Ethiopia

Women on the Move! Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu: Ethiopia Entrepreneur Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu was born and raised in a small community in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Growing up, she witnessed widespread poverty throughout her community first hand and discovered that it was due to the lack of jobs available. She also discovered that though the citizens of her community lacked … Continue reading

African Woman

Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong, popularly known as Becca, is an Afro-Pop/Rhythms&Blues singer from Ghana. She grew up in a musically inclined family. Her mother, father, and brothers all sang in the church choir. So it came as no surprise that she too joined the church choir as well as a singing group that composed their … Continue reading

Life in Words: African Women Poets

Often we see the dominance of men in literary writing; anywhere from poetry to novels. Strong women writers can many times be seen as a rare commodity or something that does not happen all the time. When it comes to women of color, and specifically African women, such writers and their skills are downplayed or … Continue reading

Women on the Move! Nnenna Okore: Nigeria

Born and raised in Nsukka, Nigeria, Nnnena Okore has emerged as one of the leading artists of her generation. Her interesting and abstract works are based on the colors and textures of her surrounding environment. Okore focuses on the regeneration and beautification of discarded material using mostly recycled material as well as an array of … Continue reading

Prevention is Awareness, Education, and Action.

Every 24 hours, approximately 3,600 people in Sub-Saharan Africa die from HIV/AIDS. Approximately 22 mil are living with HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa already. The population of Africa as of 2010 was approx. 800.6mil. Question: if the virus continues at this rate, how long will it take before Sub-Saharan Africans are totally wiped out from … Continue reading

Artist Spotlight: Charles Lawson

Meet Charles Lawson, A 24 year old architecture student and amateur photographer from Ghana. Only 5 months after holding a DSLR camera for the first time Charles has already shown immense talent and potential. His work exudes a distinct intimacy that stimulates intrigue. What I appreciate most about his work is its simplicity that causes … Continue reading

Teach Our Children; Who else will?

Thoughts are flowing and so I wanted to piggyback off of Dee’s post really quickly. I think it’s so important that we plant into the minds of our young ones their history, and not a history that began with chains but a history that narrates the lives of African ancestors long forgotten and often overshadowed. … Continue reading

Reclaiming our History; Reaching our Children

Whether one was born in Africa and now lives in a Western country, or was born in the Western world but identifies as an African descendant, somehow, someway we are influenced by a Euro-centric mentality. Is it because of the schools we go to? The people we’re constantly around? The media and the messages that … Continue reading