African Food: Afang Soup, an Ibibio Dish from Nigeria


by Atim Annette Oton I was born in Calabar, the capital of the once called, South Eastern State, the child and only daughter of an Ibibio man from Eket which is now in Akwa Ibom State in Southeastern Nigeria. I grew up knowing my village and my culture, my father, who helped create the state knew the importance of familyContinue reading “African Food: Afang Soup, an Ibibio Dish from Nigeria”

Bronx Africa at the Bronx Council on the Arts


Last month, I returned to my role as a curator – exploring Africans in the Bronx. This blog will explore my process from inception to the role of programming and community engagement. I will join LeRonn Brooks as we explore Africa in the Bronx. Here is my first draft of my curatorial concept: BRONX /Continue reading “Bronx Africa at the Bronx Council on the Arts”

Global Lives and Old Brooklyn Neighborhoods


by Atim Annette Oton My friend Imari DuSuazay calls herself a Brooklyn Girl. I know how that feels, except I am more a Global African Woman living in Brooklyn. Last week, in talking to a reporter, I spoke of how I listen to or read the news, it sounded simple enough. I said that IContinue reading “Global Lives and Old Brooklyn Neighborhoods”

Calabar Imports Bed Stuy PopUp, bringing Africa into the heart of Bed Stuy


This week, I complete the design and installation of our new store just for the holiday. Inspired by Africa, I bring the Global African Redux to Brooklyn in the heart of Bed Stuy. Using color, objects and textiles, I energize a bland space and give it some pop. Here are a few vignettes, more toContinue reading “Calabar Imports Bed Stuy PopUp, bringing Africa into the heart of Bed Stuy”

Schomburg Houses: Affordable Apartment Home Staging in the heart of Harlem


October 6: Beginning the design of the Apartment Staging the Schomburg Houses, a project by West Harlem Group Assistance, an established affordable housing provider. We decided on the first floor back apartment to be the space I stage and the front studio to also serve as a gallery. Sent off colors of accent walls, nextContinue reading “Schomburg Houses: Affordable Apartment Home Staging in the heart of Harlem”

Design Wednesdays: Vision Map


by Atim Annette Oton Have you sketched an idea down before for a client? Have you been keeping your dreams in your head. Well, it’s time to put it down on paper. And I call this process life mapping and my tool is a Vision map. A number of designers wonder and ask me why IContinue reading “Design Wednesdays: Vision Map”

Johanna Flores, Christine Facella and Andrea Miranda Salas: 9 Designers and Artists I Know


9 Designers and Artists I Know is a 2014 series of stories of nine designers and artists I know and admire as they navigate their world and produce art and design projects that make me want to work even harder. I repeat, I admire their talent, work and spirit. by Atim Annette Oton In my first blogContinue reading “Johanna Flores, Christine Facella and Andrea Miranda Salas: 9 Designers and Artists I Know”

ART OFF the MAIN at Jacob Javits Center this weekend


ART OFF the MAIN is a trend- setting art fair launched in 2004. The name of the fair, ART OFF the MAIN speaks to the fact that many of the artists showcased, in spite of highly accomplished works, are for the most part either under-represented or absent from the American mainstream. ART OFF the MAIN isContinue reading “ART OFF the MAIN at Jacob Javits Center this weekend”

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”