‘Along the shore’ | New craft series on Africa Blooming shop

African crafts - Under the sun series

Delighted to present Along the shore, a new series of crafts and everyday items added to the Africa Blooming collection. Handicrafts from Togo, vintage tableware from Benin, basketry from Ghana… a getaway along the shore.

Wooden bowls and spoons from Lomé

Made of ebony and mahogany, this series of bowls is a tribute to nature and to the know-how of Togolese craftsmen. Togo is renowned for its richness and diversity in wood. The minimal and elegant design highlights the natural beauty of the material, its tones and patterns. Each item is thus different and unique. The delicate curves of each bowl allow a good grip and invite to take the time to taste.

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Set of 3 Bowls | Mahogany Wood
Hand carved

Upper Ø: 10 cm – Lower Ø: 5,5 cm – Height: 5 cm

Bowl & spoon | Ebony wood
Hand carved

Bowl Upper Ø : 13,5 cm – Lower Ø : 9 cm – H : 6 cm

Spoon L : 18 cm – l : 3,5 cm

Vintage tableware from Dantokpa

At the time, enamel tableware was found in all the maquis, restaurants and kitchens of the aunties in West Africa. Floral patterns and bright colours were used for meals served with sauces and braised fish. Nowadays, these dishes are often replaced by plastic because of their fragility. Found at the Dantokpa market in Cotonou, the largest market in Africa which will soon disappear, the enamel plates bring a touch of nostalgia to our collection and will bring charm and coquetry to your tables.

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Vintage enamel bowl

Ø top: 18 cm – Ø bottom: 9.5 cm – H: 6 cm

Vintage enamel soup plate

Ø top: 20 cm – Ø bottom: 12 cm – H: 3 cm

Vintage tableware

Plate Ø top : 20 cm – Ø bottom : 12 cm – H : 3 cm

Bowl Ø top : 18 cm – Ø bottom : 9,5 cm – H : 6 cm

Basketry from Ghana

The Bolga fan is a classic North Ghanaian craft. But this traditional weaving technique has many other uses, such as this purse. Made from natural fibres commonly known as elephant grass, these everyday items will also make beautiful interior decoration items.

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The Fan III – Bolga
Handcrafted in Ghana

H: 50 cm – W: 30 cm – Handle: 20 cm

The fan IV – Bolga pink & orange
Handcrafted in Ghana

fibers: elephant grass H : 48 cm Handle : 21,5 cm

Hand woven purse
Handcrafted in Ghana

Ø 20 cm – Ø top : 9,5 cm – Ø base : 17 cm H purse : 15 cm L handle : 55 cm

African crafts - Africa Blooming Shop

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Exploring Togolese contemporary art | 3 exhibitions at the Palais de Lomé

Togo Yeye - Roots of imagination exhibit, 2022

In Lomé, a new art space has opened its doors to the delight of the inhabitants of the Togolese capital, the curious and art lovers. None other than the massive Palais de Lomé has become a center of art and culture after a colossal renovation initiated in 2014 and completed in 2019. Beyond a museum, the Palais de Lomé wishes to be a reference in the national cultural environment and an ambassador of Togo’s richness on an African and international scale. Highlighting artists from to Togo, Africa and african diasporas, welcoming young and adults, organizing school activities, collaborating with civil society groups, raising awareness about the environment and ecology… The ambitious project starts beautifully. After two inaugural exhibitions, one focusing on kings, the other presenting artists from West Africa (Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana), 3 exhibitions opened this year at the Palace, celebrating the city of Lomé, its youth and its creative talents.

Togo Yeye – The Future is now

Togo Yeye - Togolese creative collective
Togo Yeye – Roots of imagination exhibition, Palais de Lomé 2022

Hairstyles of yesteryear, fashion of today, the photographic exhibition ‘Roots of the imagination’ explodes with colors and joy. Commissioned by the Palais de Lomé to the Togolese artist collective Togo Yeye, the series focuses on the link between hairstyle and identity. And well beyond the remarkable aesthetic work, it is a brilliant Togolese youth, inspired, confident that we find here. The staging, the shades, textures, attitudes … Colors are warm, faces are radiant. Traditional hairdressing techniques and ancestral dyeing techniques are honored. But also the modernity, the cool, the singularity of contemporary designs and the insolence of beauty.The creative artists Malaika Ismaella and Delali Ayivi, in collaboration with the hairdresser Bataka Bamana aka Patron Aimé, offer us treats for the eyes.

Roots of the Imagination’ is the portrait of a proud and free generation, a celebration of a multiple identity. The exhibition invites us to imagine joyful, plural, fertile and possible futures. A must-see!

Contemporary Togolese artists

In the other wing of the first floor, we meet 10 contemporary Togolese artists. Painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, multiple mediums are the ways of expression of this generation of artists flourishing in the capital: Abla Sika Akpaloo, Serge Anoumou, Ruben Assamagan, Kwami Da Costa, Jerry Doe Orlando, Clément Ayikoué Gbegno, Richard Late Lawson-Body, Pierre Segoh, Kodjovi Tessi et Thierry Tomety, a nice way to discover contemporary art in Togo.

Lomé of yesterday, today and tomorrow

Lomé, portraits of a city - Palais de Lomé 2022

Finally, upstairs, the exhibition Lomé, Portraits of a City , commissioned by Hervé Pana, takes us on a journey through time. Urbanism in expansion and mutation… If the pictures of the past awaken nostalgia, the futuristic plans leave us wondering… Faced with these utopias, I remember the precious reflections of Sename Koffi Agbodjinou. Then the memories rush in at the sight of the numerous objects collected from a past Lomé, archives generously shared by the families. Records, Kenté, photos of Nanas Benz and outfits sewn by the best tailors awaken so many memories. Traditional Lomé, commercial Lomé, festive Lomé, combative Lomé, Lomé La Belle in its golden age… This exhibition is that of Loméans, or rather they are the ones who make the exhibition! A dive into space, time and traditions.

Art | Mathka Paris | Exhibition | Nomadic abstraction

Acrylic on canvas, Mathka Paris - 2019

For a few months now the visual artist Mathka Paris has been exhibited in the lobby of the Grand Hotel du Niger, in Niamey. Blue, red, ochres… a bright palette, chosen as a signature, contrasts with this vast hall in which I finally enter to discover the work of the French-Nigerien artist. For this exhibition in the country where she grew up, Mathka Paris presents a series of acrylics on canvas, created between 2015 and 2019.

In between abstraction and surrealism, the artist transcends the Wodaabé culture of which she is the heir, to make us travel between dream and reality. In phantasmagorical settings, Fulani figures are in conversation. Women are omnipresent in the work of Mathka Paris. Singular headdress, make-up, scarification and adornment act as armour. Self-portrait or universal figure, with a contemplative gaze, a nomadic spirit, she remains fascinating and elusive.

Untitled - Mathka - Acrylic on canvas, 2019
Untitled – Mathka Paris – Acrylic on canvas, 2019

And always this zebu. Companion of the people of breeders. This zebu looking at me from the four corners of the room. This emblematic and powerful figure, muse of the artist. From the top of his presence, silent, he watches, he protects, sometimes he hypnotizes. If the woman proudly wears her braids, he wears his horns. Unusual objects float in weightlessness. A cigarette burns insolently here and there. In the background, the horizon, these textures and landforms that bring depth to each painting, like an escape route, vanishing line or line of sight.

In the abstract works, volumes, curves and fine lines like threads intertwine. The golden tones dazzle, changing with the light like shifting dunes.

Beyond the warm colours, a part of darkness and enigma remain. Sharing daydreams, anxieties and fantasies, Mathka Paris takes our imagination beyond the frame. In a contemporary way, Mathka pays tribute to the traditional Fulani Wodaabe culture. If the installation could have presented the works in a better way, thanks to this exhibition, the characters born under other horizons, enriched by physical and inner journeys, return to their land, like shepherds after the transhumance… for the great pleasure of the people of Niamey !

Mathka Paris - Exhibition, Niamey 2022

Mathka Paris Exhibition

Presented by le Grand Hôtel du Niger
Opening : Octobre 29, 2021
Niamey, Niger

Untitled - Mathka Paris, 2017

Visit Mathka Paris’ website here.

Movie | Zinder | Another Look at the Sahel

Zinder film - Aïcha Macky

The Sahel as far as the eye can see. A city, Zinder. Scars, muscles, rage,… and the rage to live too.

Last June, it was in front of a packed house that the premiere of the movie Zinder took place in Niamey.
After several international screenings the Nigerien director Aïcha Macky was back home to present her latest documentary.

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Shopping local in Niamey | 4 stores run by creative women

Zamany Accessory - Shop Niamey

Fashion, interior design or delicatessen, in the Nigerian capital creativity is flourishing and several original stores have been created, highlighting local and continental know-how. From the Koira Kano district to the old small market via Yantala, here are four stores initiated by creative and inspiring women.

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