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Afrika Design: African designers share their stories

Conversations with Afrikans shaping the future through design. Brought to you by Nairobi Design Week (@nairobidesignweek).Hosted by Adrian Jankowiak (@adrianj.ig).Produced Jarateng Sound Studios (@jaratengsoundstudios).Discover more African design at nairobidesignweek.com. Thank you for tuning in, hope you enjoy the show! Please leave a review to let us know what you thought.

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🇷🇼 Venuste Kubwimana on water & education access through positive action | ep.11

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


2 Mar 2021

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🇲🇿 Bruno Songane's Baptism by Fire at Goodwall.io | ep.10

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 Afrika festival.


10 Feb 2021

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🇷🇼 Jean Claude Nsabimana on the Creative Process of Art Direction | ep.9

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 🇰🇪 Kenya and 🇿🇦 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.


25 Jan 2021

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🇳🇬 Benedicta Uweru on Sexual reproductive health | ep.8

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 Health  (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.


5 Jan 2021

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🇰🇪 Phinoshey on music with an Afrikan mindset | Sun from Kibera album | ep.7

'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.


23 Dec 2020

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🇳🇬 Blessing Akpan on disruptive education | ep.6

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. 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 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.


28 Oct 2020

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🇰🇪 Don Adero on having fun in design and research | ep.5

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).

1hr 14mins

10 Oct 2020

Rank #7

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🇬🇭 Daniel Ampofo on the hottest design talent in Ghana | ep.4

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

1hr 19mins

23 Aug 2020

Rank #8

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🇰🇪 Three residents on designing your first products | ep.3

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

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23 May 2020

Rank #9

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🇺🇬 Eugene Kavuma on Uganda's design future | ep.2

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


19 May 2020

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