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Afripedia is the Visual Platform Connecting African Artists to Their Clients

The newly launched platform wants to foster a strong community of African artists on the continent and in the diaspora.

Afripedia is live! The curated visual platform, which was created by Swedish production collective Stocktownfilms aims to do away with misrepresentation within the creative industry and connect African creatives to their clients by giving them increased exposure. The platform comes five years after an initial 5-part documentary series which focused on creatives in Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and Senegal.


OkayAfrica recently spoke to Afripedia's co-founder and creative director Senay Berhe about the platform. Describing where Afripedia is currently, Berhe says, "Right now we are finalizing our next update where clients will be able to create their own profile and start connecting with creatives." He adds that, We want to become the best curated search engine to find and connect with creatives of African descent worldwide."

The landing page of Afripedia is breathtaking. It accurately depicts the varied quality African talent both in color and form. It features the work of photographers, costume designers, stylists, illustrators and several others. "Our hope is that talent seekers, brands, institutions and creatives use Afripedia to connect and hire creatives on the platform for assignments," Berhe says. "Our primary goal is to get top creatives onto the platform and build a strong community both online and offline," and goes on to add that, "We would love to do more events, like talks and portfolio review sessions, where the creative industry and creatives of African descent can connect."

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Berhe sees the visual platform fostering a strong community of creatives and inspiring those who are still to come. "We want to become a platform, where we can share our own stories and to create new role models for the next generation of creatives," he says confidently.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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