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Discover the Driving Inspiration Behind this Site

Discover the Driving Inspiration Behind this Site

It’s moments to midnight on Thursday night at Medicine Bar in London. Zak, boy-genius DJ, is spinning a Fela Kuti remix. The little downstairs dancefloor swells with smiling, sweating men and women fusing hip-hop dance moves with a funky sort of djembe. The women show off enormous afros, tiny t-shirts, gaps in teeth; the men those incredible torsos unique to and common on African coastlines. The whole scene speaks of the Cultural...


Meet the Kenyan Entrepreneur Cashing in on Invasive Plant

Meet the Kenyan Entrepreneur Cashing in on Invasive Plant

Meet Michael Otieno, The Kenyan Entrepreneur Cashing In On Water Hyacinth.

"Lake Victoria is in a sorry state because of the hyacinth, we are trying to do something about it," Michael Otieno tells me as we walk into his business premises in Mambo Leo, Kisumu county where he makes paper from the stubborn weed.

Michael Otieno

Otieno is the founder and CEO of Takawiri Enterprises Limited. Established in 2006, the enterprise produces unique handmade stationery and craft items from water hyacinth. Some of their products include folders, envelopes, notebooks, seasonal cards, gift bags, and paper lamp shades.

"I...


New Opportunity for Black Entrepreneurs Around the World

New Opportunity for Black Entrepreneurs Around the World

CALIFORNIA (March 16, 2019) The Afropolitan Shop today announced new features to give black men and women around the world an opportunity to make a living online.

In an ambitious plan, the online company launched a 6-week online course to train black entrepreneurs to enable them to start and run sustainable, black-owned businesses from scratch.

"You don't need to have a business to enroll. My job is to help you start and launch the business of your dreams.” said course coach, Beverly Lwenya.

black-owned business

When she created...


How to Start an Afropolitan Business that Sells

How to Start an Afropolitan Business that Sells

What is an "Afropolitan" business?

In 2005 Taiye Selasi wrote the article "Bye-Bye Barbar" where she coined the term "Afropolitan".

My life changed after learning that term.

As a Kenyan born, British, and American bred woman, I realized that finally there was a word to describe my third culture experience and also my hopes for how I engage with the world. And I didn't have to choose one or the other but could hold both my rich African heritage with my American and British upbringing. Tayie notes in her article:

"Ultimately, the Afropolitan must form an identity along at least three dimensions: national,...


Rafiki African Dolls

Rafiki African Dolls

Wangari Kamau of Umba Creations works with women in Kenya to craft these adorable little dolls. Mwenzi the girl and Wema the boy and their friend Teddy make up the family of Rafiki (friend in Kiswahili) dolls. Each doll comes with a little note of "things passed on" to a child such as "be patient", "help others" and "be thankful".