ColabNowNow 2018 Creatives
ColabNowNow 2018 Creatives

#UPDATE - See the digital exhibition of #ColabNowNow 2018 HERE.

Entries for this year’s #ColabNowNow residency at Maputo Fast Forward were brilliant, imaginative and creative. Thank you to everyone who applied - the decision was not easy!   

The British Council is excited to announce the nine creatives from East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa and the UK who will be taking part in ColabNowNow 2018 during the Maputo Fast Forward Festival.

Congratulations to Valerie Amani (Tanzania), Andrew Munuwa (Tanzania), Hakeem Adam (Ghana), Afopefoluwa Ojo (Nigeria), Maxwell Mutanda (Zimbabwe), Nikiwe Dlova (South Africa), Nilton Mungamba (Mozambique), Will Hurt (UK) and Tanyaradzwa Chitunhu (UK).

Find out more about the nine creatives' proposed projects:

East African creatives - Valerie and Andrew

Valerie Amani, Tanzania

Valerie Amani is a Dar es Salaam born and based fashion designer, makeup artist and graphic designer. She is the founder and creative director of Kahvarah, a boutique fashion label that focuses on the African narrative; the co-founder of  R.R Creative Agency, a creative consultancy which has placed her behind the visual language of various brands in Tanzania; as well as the visual art program manager at Nafasi Art Space where she curates exhibitions and workshops. Valerie combines her digital art with her love of writing to tackle issues on neo-colonialism, environmental awareness and feminism. 

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Andrew Munuwa, Tanzania

Andrew Munuwa is a Tanzanian born photographer, freelance graphic designer and graffiti writer. His work is inspired by everyday moments in contemporary urban African life. Munuwa’s work has been featured at various exhibitions in and outside Tanzania, such as the University of Dar es Salaam Talent Fever Exhibition and One word for Africa A photography exhibition by PICHASTOCK. His recent project, Mtaani, Maskani celebrates and commemorates the stillness of public ceremonies amidst a hectic bustling Dar-es-Salaam city through photography and poetry performance. 

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West African creatives - Afopefoluwa and Hakeem

Hakeem Adam, Ghana

Hakeem Adam is a Ghanaian artist-in-learning and instinctive creative exploring the power of narrative as a tool for deconstructing society through various mediums. He is the founder and creative director of DANDANO, a Pan-African cultural platform for African film and music criticism. His work is fixated on the fabrics of contemporary Ghanaian society and is exploring ways to unravel the threads that bind through storytelling. He is also a freelance writer documenting and archiving African culture. 

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Afopefoluwa Ojo, Nigeria

Afopefoluwa Ojo is a Lagos-based writer and software engineer who experiments with generative art. She is the co-founder of Arts and Africa and co-runs a book club called the Barely Literate. She recently exhibited her digital poetry which she creates with programming languages at the 'Mind at work exhibition' which held at the African Artists' foundation and is currently working on her debut novel and short story collection. Her work has been published in the journals Overland, Experimental Literature Africa vs Latin America Vol. 1, Intense Art Magazine, and others.

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Southern African creatives - Maxwell, Nikiwe and Nilton

Maxwell Mutanda - Zimbabwe

Maxwell Mutanda is a pluridisciplinary artist and architect from Harare, Zimbabwe. Within his architectural practice, Mutanda takes a social focus on design. He is a co-founder of the design firm Studio [D] Tale which explores how design and architecture can resolve social and environmental problems. As an artist, Mutanda's deploy meticulously detailed fine lines collages. Mutanda received his BS in Architecture in 2005 and his MA in Architecture in 2008 from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Studio [D] Tale has exhibited at institutions worldwide and was included in the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the London Design Festival, 2015. 

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Nikiwe Dlova, South Africa

Nikiwe Dlova is an artist and storyteller from Soweto, South Africa, who loves expressing herself through hair, fashion, music and art. She studied Clothing Management at the University of Johannesburg. Whilst working at Edcon as an Assistant Buyer, she started a blog called ownURcrown which is about creative hair expression. The blog is a platform for people who are bold and creative with their hairstyle choices to share stories about this form of expression. She is currently managing the brand for ownURcrown, which has expanded to hair art exhibitions and pop up salons. Nikiwe also creates headpieces for productions ie, magazines, music videos, films. She is all about telling stories through hair. 

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Nilton Mungamba, Mozambique

Nilton Mungamba is a 26 year old architect from Maputo, Mozambique. He is a curious person who likes to explore new methods of expressing ideas and is passionate about creating artworks and digital illustrations. He engages art and illustration as often as he does architectural design which has helped him personally and professionally by allowing for easier communication with clients and deeper creative exploration. Nilton has used illustration as a communication tool that he has been honing from a young age. 

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United Kingdom creatives - Tanyaradzwa and Will

Will Hurt

Will Hurt is a UK-based artist who uses computers to create brightly coloured, playful, digital interactives which cater to people of all ages and abilities and respond to the geometry of the physical sites they are installed in, abstracting and re-presenting local architecture and landscape. These site-specific interactives bring people together, forging connections and affording them a moment to play, leaving them with lasting memories of novel playful experiences and a new appreciation of their locality. Will’s work has been exhibited around the world due to its stand-out aesthetic, technical resilience and engaging immediacy. 

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Tanyaradzwa Chitunhu

Tanyaradzwa Chitunhu is a Zimbabwean born performance poet based in the UK. She recently released a debut collection of spoken word poetry – a book titled “On Praise & Protest” which celebrates unheard African stories and confronts their marginalisation. Her work is influenced by African storytelling, Christian preaching, hip hop & spoken word. She aims to celebrate African identities through her poetry with passionate words and a powerful delivery. She has been on various stages including, as a selected guest poet, at the Bloom Arts Festival London. She has also been featured on British radio stations Newstyle radio & Brum radio. Tanyaradzwa headlined and led the poetry show and workshop for a summer festival called Catalyst.

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- Facilitators and Workshops

Tegan Bristow, South Africa - Facilitator Mentor

Dr. Tegan Bristow is a South African artist and developer of interactive digital installations; Senior Lecturer at the Wits School of Arts of the University of the Witwatersrand and Director of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival. Bristow completed a PhD with the Planetary Collegium at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University in the U.K.

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Eliana N’Zualo, Mozambique - Storytelling Facilitator

Eliana N’Zualo is a Mozambican storyteller, based in Maputo, currently working as a freelancer. Through her blog, Escreve Eliana Escreve and podcast O Nome Disso é África, she explores the themes of Womanhood, Feminism, Africa and History/ Politics. Her work has been featured in Índico Magazine and she was a speaker at the TEDxMaputo 2017.

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Hélio Januário, Mozambique - Artist Facilitator

Hélio Januário is a graphic designer and illustrator for ANIMA in Mozambique. He studied Arts and Visual Communication in Mozambique, and studied Arts and Visual Communication, and uses graphic design as a complimentary area of work to deepen and improve his skills in the art-finalisation of printed materials.

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Matthew Lee, United Kingdom - Storytelling Workshop

Matthew Lee is a co-founder and associate editor of Delayed Gratification, a UK-based 'Slow Journalism' magazine that champions long-form non-fiction storytelling. He has also authored travel guides for Lonely Planet and Time Out, and contributed to a ride range of publications as a freelance writer and editor.

The Slow Journalism Company, represented by Matthew Lee, will present a collaborative workshop which borrows elements from three classes ['How to make infographics', 'How to be a features writer', and 'How to launch an independent magazine’] to provide a loose structure for informal, playful and flexible sessions which encourage attendees to think about different approaches to non-fiction storytelling.

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