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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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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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