Story Telling as African Artists and Designers


by Atim Annette Oton As a child of a writer and journalist and an African woman, I realized very early that I was and am a story teller. I come from a country of very powerful story tellers: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta and their stories take you on a journey that inspires you toContinue reading “Story Telling as African Artists and Designers”

Gregory Maqoma’s Exit/Exist debuts in Brooklyn at 651 ARTS


South Africa has been on my mind for a month and as I reflected on the hiatus I took from writing this blog, I recall a promise to visit next year. The month began with an email from my Johannesburg friend Bongani Madando who just returned from Berlin and decided to connect several of us,Continue reading “Gregory Maqoma’s Exit/Exist debuts in Brooklyn at 651 ARTS”

Blugge Design: Color of Good Design


This is the fourth blog in my series, The Pulse of Africa talking with Global Africans working in Africa and across the Diaspora. It takes an inside view on Africa’s progress, issues on arts and culture, technology and opportunities in this decade. See the series here. Spring brings early morning calls and great emails. It’sContinue reading “Blugge Design: Color of Good Design”

American Design Students Service Learning with Kofi Boone in Ghana


by Atim Annette Oton This is the second blog in my series, The Pulse of Africa talking with Global Africans working in Africa and across the Diaspora. It takes an inside view on Africa’s progress, issues on arts and culture, technology and opportunities in this decade. See the first here. In 2000, when I joined Parsons School ofContinue reading “American Design Students Service Learning with Kofi Boone in Ghana”

Nigerian Collaboration Sparkles with the Bronx Museum’s smARTpower Initiative


by Atim Annette Oton This is the first blog in my series, The Pulse of Africa on Huffington Post Black Voices talking with Global Africans working in Africa and across the Diaspora. It takes an inside view on Africa’s progress, issues on arts and culture, technology and opportunities in this decade. Early this month, artist Brett Cook sent meContinue reading “Nigerian Collaboration Sparkles with the Bronx Museum’s smARTpower Initiative”

The Pulse of Africa: C. Paschal Eze, a Nigerian Author and Tourism Consultant


by Atim Annette Oton The Pulse of Africa is a series by Atim Annette Oton talking with Africans in Africa and across the Diaspora on Africa’s progress, issues on culture, technology and opportunities in this decade. C. Paschal Eze, author of 14 well regarded books, is a widely traveled Nigerian-born American inspirational speaker and tourism consultant whoContinue reading “The Pulse of Africa: C. Paschal Eze, a Nigerian Author and Tourism Consultant”

The Pulse of Africa: Bongani Madondo, a South African journalist, arts critic, and writer


by Atim Annette Oton The Pulse of Africa is a series by Atim Annette Oton talking with Africans in Africa and across the Diaspora on Africa’s progress, issues on culture, technology and opportunities in this decade. Bongani Madondo is a South African journalist, writer and arts critic. He is my South African friend: I call him my brother from anotherContinue reading “The Pulse of Africa: Bongani Madondo, a South African journalist, arts critic, and writer”

The Pulse of Africa: Kibonen Nfi, a Cameroonian Fashion/Image Consultant


by Atim Annette Oton The Pulse of Africa is a series by Atim Annette Oton talking with Africans in Africa and across the Diaspora on Africa’s progress, issues on culture, technology and opportunities in this decade. Kibonen Nfi is a Certified Image Consultant who studied International Trade and Marketing in the fashion industry at the Fashion InstituteContinue reading “The Pulse of Africa: Kibonen Nfi, a Cameroonian Fashion/Image Consultant”

The Pulse of Africa: Nii Commey Botchway, a South African design educator


by Atim Annette Oton The Pulse of Africa is a series by Atim Annette Oton talking with Africans in Africa and across the Diaspora on Africa’s progress, issues on culture, technology and opportunities in this decade. The interviews and discussions are with Southern Africans in Africa and in the West and  I interviewed is Nii Commey Botchway,Continue reading “The Pulse of Africa: Nii Commey Botchway, a South African design educator”