The African art of posture
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is devoting a major retrospective to African fashion. From July 2, 2022 to April 16, 2023, the Africa Fashion exhibition will showcase the global impact of the diverse and diverse African fashion industry.
Highlights, spanning from the mid-20th century to the present day, include photographs of pieces by pioneering Moroccan designer Naima Bennis (1940-2008) to the outfits Kofi Anah saw for Ashley Shaw-Scott and David’s wedding Adjaye designed examples of Nigeria’s famous indigo-dyed fabric Adire in 2014.
The exhibition aims to showcase African fashion as an “art form that reveals the richness and diversity of African histories and cultures,” according to the V&A. The showcase not only brings the work of individual designers to the fore, but also that of stylists, collectives and fashion photographers. It is intended to provide an insight into how global digitization has increased the rate of expansion of an already rapidly growing industry.
Christine Checinska, a designer and fashion historian, is the curator behind Africa Fashion. In a blog post announcing the show, she said it would “tell a story of fashion as a self-defining art form; a kind of movement culture that goes beyond individual items of clothing and encompasses posture, gestures and style.’
oil and gas
On July 1st, the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) becomes a fully regulated private company. This is part of a series of reforms to improve the oil and gas sector made possible by the Petroleum Industry Act, which was eventually signed into law in 2021.
Multi-award winning Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under the Udala treesShe inhabits the skin of a white man for her second novel. After a trip to Tanzania, Harry Sylvester Vogel, of Edward, Pennsylvania, resents racism in small town America. But when he falls in love with a Nigerian, he is forced to look deeper into himself. “In the [Okparanta’s] Humor is a weapon, a tool, and a salve,” says fellow writer Tayari Jones.
Ghana gets a vaccination boost
Construction of Ghana’s first manufacturing plant for Covid-19 vaccines is set to begin in July. The consortium leading the project includes German company BioNTech and local company DEKS Vaccine. The Ghanaian government has invested 25 million dollars in the plant, the German development company 5 million dollars. The German company Glatt is leading the first phase of the development of the plant.
The facility will be a “fill and finish” site, importing components of mRNA vaccines for processing and packaging. The vaccines will be distributed throughout Ghana and the sub-region. The main building will be 7,000 square meters and at full capacity the facility should be able to fill at least 100 million cans per year.
The government’s goal is to start production by January 2024 as a first step towards making the country self-sufficient in vaccine production over the next 10 years. The broader plan includes private sector support and the creation of a national vaccine institute. BioNTech also plans to ship modular mRNA manufacturing facilities to Africa for countries to start their own end-to-end manufacturing.
“Covid-19 has created a historic opportunity to build a new public health order that will make health a reality for all across the continent. Together we can build healthcare systems and manufacturing capabilities to effectively respond to multiple health threats.’
The outgoing director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the AU entity will be granted public health agency status in July.
South Africa’s energy regulator is planning another electricity price hike in July, increasing tariffs for municipal customers by 7.47%. Separately, in April it approved a 9.6% rate hike for Eskom customers to help the state utility.
17 July The richness of African culture takes the spotlight at the African Village Cultural Festival in London, UK. afriviculfestival.com
2-23 July The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations Women’s football tournament takes place in Morocco, featuring the continent’s best talent. cafeonline.com
25-30 July Interested in Nigeria’s startup community? Join Lagos Startup Week 2022 to talk about the next big thing. lagosstartupweek.com
July 28 The Africa Energy and Infrastructure Forum in Accra, Ghana discusses major projects in the industry moving forward. eventbrite.co.uk
honey and spice by Bolu Babalola, the popular British-Nigerian author of love in colouris a new novel about the impressions we leave and the love some people fake, through the experiences of two college students who develop an unlikely relationship.
The Managing Director of Diageo Great Britain will become President of Diageo Africa in July and join the company’s Executive Committee. His previous responsibilities at the brewery included global travel retail.