Keren Mikva

  • Great Places To See Public Art In South Africa

    public art in South Africa By Keren Mikva, 8:11 pm

    Art in South Africa’s public spaces often marks the spot where historically significant events took place. Such art pays tribute to South African icons or raises awareness about social issues. There are numerous ongoing public art projects in the country’s cities involving permanent installations and temporary exhibitions. Route 67 in Port Elizabeth is a walking trail that pays tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service to South Africans. It includes a collection of 67 art pieces celebrating his devotion to public life. Each piece of art along this heritage trail was designed by a local artist from the Eastern Cape.

  • 17 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented By South Africans

    By Keren Mikva, 1:11 pm AFKI Original

    In the developing world, many water-fetchers — often women and children — do the back-breaking work of lugging water buckets over their heads or by hand. The Hippo Water Roller won the 1997 South Africa Design for Development Award. The 90-liter drums can carry 90 kilograms (198.4 pounds) of water and can be pushed or pulled across rough terrain. Check out these 17 things used across the globe that were invented by South Africans.

  • The 10 Most Polluted African Cities

    Most polluted African cities By Keren Mikva, 6:05 pm AFKI Original

    Air pollution in African countries could develop into health and climate crises like China and India have endured. A day spent breathing in Cairo has been likened to smoking a pack of cigarettes. Industrial plants burning low-quality fuel, seasonal sandstorms that often smother the city in a yellow haze, and high vehicle emissions have made the problem worse. Little regulation is in place to enforce environmentally friendly industry processes. Here are 10 of the most polluted African cities.

  • 16 Things You Didn’t Know About Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    By Keren Mikva, 2:23 am AFKI Original

    Her work has been sampled by Beyoncé. The visual album release for Beyoncé’s song, “Flawless,” included an excerpt from a talk that Adichie gave at TEDx. “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller,” Adichie said. “We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man…’” She’s one of Africa’s most prominent young authors. Here are 16 things you didn’t know about author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

  • 7 Top Southern African Fashion Designers Showcased At African Union Headquarters

    By Keren Mikva, 8:47 pm AFKI Original

    Mc Bright Kavari created a niche for his firm, Classic Fashion, as an elegant and dramatic fashion brand in Namibia. Kavari uses modern African styles combined with European-style twists, and loves to bend the norm and explore unique and untried ideas. An African fashion reception is underway through Sept. 15 at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa showcasing designers from across the continent. Top designers — one each from 30 African countries — will be represented.

  • 12 Reasons To Visit The Comoros Islands

    By Keren Mikva, 2:16 am

    Despite abundant natural bounty which lends itself well to tourism, the Comoros Islands do not have a well-developed tourist industry. Fewer than 3,000 visitors pass through each year, with most vacationers looking for an island destination in the region instead choosing Réunion, Mauritius, Seychelles, or Madagascar. All the more reason to visit the Comoros — you’ll be able to see everything the archipelago has to offer without fighting off hordes of people.

  • 14 Top East and West African Fashion Designers Showcased At African Union

    By Keren Mikva, 5:11 pm AFKI Original

    Burkina Faso’s De La Sébure mixes the warmth of African colors with modern European styles, reflecting the founder’s native Burkina Faso and adopted home in Europe. The clothes use elegant flair, vibrant colors, and refined materials to create something entirely its own. De La Sébure is one of 30 top designers from African countries being showcased at an African fashion reception, underway at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Ethiopian Marathon Runner Feyisa Lilesa

    By Keren Mikva, 10:36 am AFKI Original

    Feyisa Lilesa won an Olympic medal in Rio, but crossed the finish line with his arms raised in protest against the Ethiopian government. Given the Ethiopian government’s history of imprisoning political protesters, Lilesa is afraid to return home. He believes he will be killed or imprisoned if he does. The Ethiopian government said that Lilesa would be welcomed home from the Olympics as a hero. Here’s how Lilesa’s symbolic gesture is playing out.

  • 12 Of The Most Expensive Real Estate Listings In Soweto

    By Keren Mikva, 11:27 am AFKI Original

    When the landmark home of the late Dr. Johnny Mosendane — a well known South African figure — sold for 2.5 million rand ($172,484) — it was a record for Soweto residential real estate. This marked a change in the market. More and more suburban Johannesburg residents seek to move back to Soweto. There’s a pent-up desire to return to the vibrancy of the area, and Soweto real estate prices have begun to reflect this.

  • Spotlight On Kenyan Tea Tycoon, Entrepreneur Flora Mutahi

    By Keren Mikva, 9:40 am AFKI Original

    As with any new business, she faced some financial struggles in the beginning. She admitted that she would sometimes bounce checks to keep the business going, and make good on her debts later on, “I remember one day I bounced five,” she said in an interview. Founder and CEO of Kenya’s first flavored tea brand, she’s a recognized name in the business world. We’re shining a spotlight on Kenyan tea tycoon and entrepreneur, Flora Mutahi.