On Saturday, 17th of June 2017, The Elmhurst bar and pub on the corner of Lordship Lane hosted Afrokanist Magazine’s afro-hair show and issue 3 launch, which was an amazing evening. Our guests enjoyed a warm, engaging welcome by our amazing host Lydia Tett Olet, CEO and Founder of Kenya in the Park.
We had motivational and inspirational speeches from four business owners and community leaders, Faustina Aniyawu, CEO and Founder of Divas of Colour, Shantel Mammaw, CEO and Founder of Mammaw Fashion, Vanessa Doshen, CEO and Founder of Vanu Accessories and Olamiposi Ope-Odeyemi Hunter,CEO and Founder of The Hunters Cocktail.
Followed by incredible performance by SCOOP artist and music producer and a breath-taking saxophone performance by Key Olaleye.
The day was rounded up with a speech by the CEO and Founder of Afrokanist Magazine, Abiola Balikis Bankole and the cutting of issue 3 cake with our guests.
This year we started on our journey of bringing you the 3rd issue of Afrokanist Magazine, the identity and language issue.Language is power and it is a huge part of our identity , this issue is an artistic collection of personal stories, celebrating and creating dialogues on the intersectionality of identity and African languages.
Exploring the utilisation of African languages in photography,fashion, music, social media, comedy, cinema and business, you can expect a diversity of contributors showcasing the use of their skills to fight oppression, racism and misrepresentation, we have gathered amazing minds who are willing to tell their stories through exclusive interviews, we have put together a variety of black owned business to invest in, you will find life changing stories, motivational and inspirational articles from London to Accra to Lagos, to South Africa to Kenya.
This issue is a pure representation of Africans taking back the ownership of their identities and using their languages as a tool to stand tall and break barriers. Our team have worked so hard to make sure that we keep providing exclusive, inspirational and artistic contents with all of your support this has been made possible. We would like to thank you all for believing in our vision and for your support !!” Abiola Balikis Bankole, Editor-in-chief, CEO and Founder of Afrokanist Magazine