The AFROBLUSH Podcast is the home of candid conversations on Pan-African culture, shared through the medium of insightful conversation.
Every week, each new episode introduces a topic or an individual challenging and changing the way we see the world and ourselves. Weekly episodes alternate between community debates and a 1-2-1 interview with Africa’s creatives and thought leaders entitled ‘Meet the Makers’.
The AFROBLUSH Podcast is available to listen to through Soundcloud, the iTunes Podcast library, PodAfrica and most other podcast streaming services.
COMMUNITY GIST – topical group discussions from the community.
List of episodes:
Episode 05: Third Culture Kids – Part 1 “A Pan-African Perspective”
We discuss how it feels to be a Third Culture Kid from a Pan-African perspective and how being brought up in country far from that of our parents and origin has shaped us. We debate the art of balancing new cultures, ideals social norms, and how this can often conflict with our thoughts on what it means to be “African”. [Check out the full article and images]
Episode 04: The Black Beauty Business
The Black beauty industry is a big deal – culturally and economically. On this episode we talk about trends, share their beauty hacks and give an honest account of the challenges facing the Black beauty industry today. [Check out the full article and images]
Episode 03: The Art of Seduction
On this episode we discuss what it means to be seductive and how this plays out in design, marketing and dating. Today, film, music and social media create a galaxy of seductive stars and images, however, as social media creates an over-saturation of sexual imagery, how are the rules of seduction changing? [Check out the full article and images]
Episode 02: Failing Successfully
On this episode we debate over our definitions of failure and success, and what it means to fail successfully; with a view on how we’ve used our personal and professional failures to bounce back bigger and better.[Check out the full article and images]
Episode 01: Transcending Race
Transcending race is a complicated topic that’s entangled in both systematic racism and the ability to overcome oppression. From the house negro, to OJ Simpson and arguably even Fela Kuti and Beyoncé, the ability to transcend race is the dream for some and a nightmare for others. In this first episode for my new podcast series I discuss the idea of transcending race, what it means for the Pan-African diaspora and whether this is a progressive or reductive aspiration.[Check out the full article and images]
MEET THE MAKERS – 1-2-1 conversations with Africa’s creatives and thought leaders.
List of interviews:
Meet the Maker – Nancy Adimora, Creator of AFREADA
I speak to the amazing and magnetic Nancy Adimora, creator of AFREADA, Africa’s online literary magazine. We talk about connecting through stories and how African stories are not just for studying but for enjoyment. Plus, how travelling through African literature is one of the first and most powerful steps in getting to know the continent. [Check out the full article and images]
Rich Mkoloma, Fashion Designer & Consultant – Adidas Originals
I speak to Rich Mkoloma, Fashion designer and consultant to talk about life between Germany, South Africa and Ghana and his latest collection with Adidas Originals. Rich gives an insight into how he uses brand heritage to inspire and create the future of ath-leisure wear, merging classic iconic silhouettes with the tracksuits and tees that we see on the streets today.
In addition to talking about cultural intelligence and innovative processes, Rich opens up about some of his smaller collaborations including his latest with Urban Professor, and his life outside of fashion as a rapper and poet. [Check out the full article and images]
Meet the Maker – Jay Mansaray, Journalist and Founder of A Clodhopper
I speak to Jayson Mansaray. Journalist and Founder of A Clodhopper, a magazine and event night dedicated to arts, culture and lifestyle for the modern day epicurean and social media junky. Jay is also a self-confessed sporter of African fashion and so I couldn’t help but talk about his style inspirations, outfits and overall outlook to life. [Check out the full article and images]