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10 Leading Designers From Africa To Know

'Contemporary Design Africa' author Tapiwa Matsinde highlights 10 leading contemporary decor designers from Africa.


ZENZULU™ (Basketry, South Africa)

ZENZULU™: Woven Vessels © Angela Buckland for ZENZULU™– Featured in Contemporary Design Africa © Thames & Hudson

Design-led craft characterizes the bold patterned and colourful designs of ZENZULU™, a South African design studio that hand-weaves colourful recycled telephone wire into sophisticated decor products. The company was founded in 1996 by Marisa Fick-Jordaan, who began by setting up a project mentoring local master weavers in basket-weaving techniques. As the group grew they began experimenting with different ways of combining traditional Zulu craft techniques with cutting edge design. This has resulted in the production of innovative collections that are redefining the traditional images of African basketry.

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Vinegar Pap Smear Saving Women’s Lives In Malawi

This simple diagnostic test is giving hope to thousands of women in Malawi.

They say necessity is the mother of invention and in Malawi, the need for inexpensive Pap smears has resulted in a cost-effective and ingenious solution. Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) is the only form of cervical cancer screening affordable to most underprivileged women in Malawi, according to reports.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) "19 of the top 20 countries with the highest cervical cancer burden were in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018." Eswatini had the highest incidences followed by Malawi.

The VIA is a simple diagnostic test that can be used to screen cervical cancer, as an alternative to Pap smear cytology, in low-resource countries," according to the Role of VIA in cervical cancer screening in low-resource countries - PubMed (nih.gov) study.

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Umlilo Unveils Queer Documentary 'Mask'

South African avant-garde artist Umlilo captures the political nuances of queer experiences in the documentary Mask.