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"Food should be nourishing to the body and soul"

Never heard of Fonio ? Chef Pierre Thiam is here to change that. As chef-entrepreneur and ambassador of new African cuisine in Brooklyn and Harlem, Thiam as come a long way from scrubbing pots in the back of New York City kitchens. Joining Pullman as Executive…

African wax print is the new black…

In three years, Panafrica has become the must-have brand for wax print sneakers. Ethical and fair-trade, the European shoe company ploughs much of its profits into Africa - just one of the reasons it’s such a success on the continent. "A responsible label i…

Diani Beach, Kenya’s ivory paradise

Kenya conjures images of safaris, red soil and arid savannahs, but there’s another side to this East African jewel: its coastline. Especially Diani Beach, where gently rolling waves lap sugar-powder beaches that ooze beauty and romance. If you love the Seyc…

With Khadija Aisha Ba, tradition creates modernity

After studying in France, Khadija Aisha Ba came back to Dakar to become one of the country’s hottest stylists. Her trademark? Mixing traditional and contemporary styles to create unique designs people just can’t get enough of. Respecting the past is the key …

Cape Town, the capital of design

Since winning the title of World Design Capital in 2014, Cape Town has put art at the heart of its urban development, adding must-see design and décor spots to its already intriguing cityscape. For many people, Cape Town is all about rolling vineyards, white…

“More and more people want African creativity”

All over the continent, from Nairobi to Casablanca, via Dakar and Abidjan, the entertainment business is exploding, and creativity is bubbling. In Nigeria, the Afrinolly Creative Hub brings technology and art together to embody this new productive, digital era…

The Mentalyst, Africa's visual orator

With 21,000 followers on Instagram, the main tool of influence for African artists, 28-year-old Trevor Maingi—travel photographer and urban explorer extraordinaire—is the face of Kenya’s new creative generation. To understand how influential Trevor Maingi has…

Kilifi, Kenya's coastal treasure

Between Mombasa and the Lamu Archipelago, the resort town of Kilifi is relaxing, authentic and filled with heady magic. My Chic Africa’s team checked it out. In a lush setting in the Goshi River estuary, Kilifi is one of those beach towns you plan to drive th…

"We add our own touch to create unique designs"

Interior designer Toufik Belaffari defines himself as a mover and a shaker. He doesn’t just create furniture, he creates furniture you want to stroke and gaze at all day. For him, beauty and uniqueness go hand in hand, as he pays homage to Moroccan savoir-fair…