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Marianne Olaleye’s photography celebrates black and minority ethnic women
15 hours ago

Marianne Olaleye’s photography celebrates black and minority ethnic women

Marianne Olaleye is the London-based portrait photographer whose stunning work is on the cover of our latest issue. She is currently studying full-time for her master’s at London School of Economics. …
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Kyle Petersen: South African Concert Pianist, Music Director & Performer
7 months ago

Kyle Petersen: South African Concert Pianist, Music Director & Performer

Music became the driving force in Kyle Petersen’s life after he played his first song on the piano at the age of four. He has worked as a …
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“Zwarte Piet is Racism”: The Dutch cultural tradition of blackface
7 months ago

“Zwarte Piet is Racism”: The Dutch cultural tradition of blackface

In 2011, performance artist and poet, Quinsy Gario (thirty-two), was arrested for public disturbance in the city of Dordrecht in the Netherlands for protesting at the traditional annual …
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Recovering Black History at Cambridge: The Black Cantabs Project
7 months ago

Recovering Black History at Cambridge: The Black Cantabs Project

Within their halls, the thirty-one colleges at the University of Cambridge contain portraits, sculptures, and texts memorializing notable Cantabs. Among these, however, alumni of African descent are markedly absent. Launched in October 2015, the Black Cantabs Project is combing the archives and rewriting Black alumni into the history of this centuries-old institution. Ayiba’s Debbie Onuoha spoke to the project’s co-founders about recovering the often lost or forgotten stories of Cambridge’s Black graduates, from 1849 to the present.

Njoki Wamai is a final-year Kenyan PhD student reading politics at Queen’s College and Nnenda Chinda is a Nigerian-Italian who recently graduated with a BA in classics from Downing College. Read More

Discovery Issue Cover Girl: Dhvani Tombush of Rambling and Snaps 
7 months ago

Discovery Issue Cover Girl: Dhvani Tombush of Rambling and Snaps 

Our latest cover girl is Dhvani Tombush of Rambling and Snaps. The Nigerian-Indian blogger is both brains and beauty—Tombush recently returned to her native Lagos after completing her …
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Art as Questioning: A Conversation with Poet JJ Bola
7 months ago

Art as Questioning: A Conversation with Poet JJ Bola

JJ Bola is a writer and educator who was born in Kinshasa, and lives in London. He has published three poetry collections entitled Elevate, Daughters of the Sun
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Kailend: A Holistic Approach to Development
7 months ago

Kailend: A Holistic Approach to Development

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Lomé, Togo, Kailend is a social enterprise working to empower women and at-risk youth through education and skills training for those who may not fit the mold of traditional schooling systems. Read More

Silas Miami: Wise Beyond His Years
8 months ago

Silas Miami: Wise Beyond His Years

Multi-talented Silas Miami is a professional musician, film student, and photographer who left his native Kenya to attend the AFDA film school in Cape Town and expand his …
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#CareerGoals: Ronke Lawal of Ariatu PR
8 months ago

#CareerGoals: Ronke Lawal of Ariatu PR

We introduce our new series #CareerGoals with a feature on Ronke Lawal, founder of Ariatu PR in London. Ariatu Public Relations works with entrepreneurs and luxury brands to …
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Behind the Headlines with Cosmopolitan’s Judith Ohikuare
11 months ago

Behind the Headlines with Cosmopolitan’s Judith Ohikuare

Think journalism is a dying profession? Don’t let those pesky headlines fool you. Brooklyn-born Nigerian-American writer Judith Ohikuare could have followed the path of many children of immigrants …
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