Chale! Akwaaba! Welcome back to another blog, here at Chale Socks, our mission is to present Africa to the world. In Africa, the creative juices flow abundantly, from the fabric weavers, pattern makers to the tailors, seamstresses, painters and photographers! Creativity surges through our veins. Today, we are going to compile a list of must-follow African creative Instagram pages. Let’s fly the flags, let’s make Mama Africa proud. Here goes!
Thandiwe Muriu is a highly talented, globally recognised photographer. Born in Kenya, Thandiwe’s work has been showcased worldwide in publications and exhibitions including Harper’s Bazaar(Arabia), Picture Africa Exhibition (South Africa) and Krowd Magazine. (Canada)
Muriu is passionate about highlighting distinctive facial structures and tones from various social groups around the world. She uses vibrant colours and contrasting lighting to produce uniquely crafted, artistic imagery. Thandiwe, we salute you!
Follow Thandiwe >>> Thandiwe Muriu Instagram page
Multi-talented Ghanaian artist Citizins boldly stands out with his mixed media artwork, hand-painted clothing and distinctively designed patterned cloth. Using photographic imagery, graphical technique, paint and other medium, Citizin’s work is somewhat political and instantly recognisable.
His work has been showcased worldwide, not only in Ghana but in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Follow Citizins’ Instagram page here >>>Citizins’ Instagram page
Teff Theory is curated by Nigerian Essayist and award winning artist Stephanie Nnamani. Her work focuses on a distinct examination of concepts of identity, culture and personal advancement. Her use of colour is calming and somewhat mood altering. She combines her expertise in Social Sciences with her artistic discipline to produce some thought provoking imagery. Her work seeks to highlight the notion that as human beings we can be many things. Deep self expression and intense self-reflection and contemplation is evident in her highly evocative work.Follow Stephanie’s Teff Theory Page Teff Theory Instagram page
Selly Raby Kane
Selly Raby Kane is an internationally recognised Senegalese fashion designer/creative. Founded in 2008, the Dakar-based fashion label combines art and fashion to create innovative, yet elegant pieces. Her most prominent collection, A Day with Miss N’Diaye is a timeless combination of colorful innocence and structured androgyny.
Follow Selly Raby Kane here >>> Selly Raby Kane Instagram page
Sarah Diouf is the founder of Senegalese media powerhouse Ifren Media. The highly creative media company houses two publications, Ghubar, a digital magazine crossing African and Arabic influences through fashion, arts, culture and lifestyle. Noir, a digital and print lifestyle publication for women of colour. Diouf is not only creatively media savvy, she also heads up an affordable ready to wear brand called Tongoro. Diouf’s page showcases photography, art and fashion, it is a snapshot into the mind of an African creative media mogul.
Follow Sarah Diouf here >>> Sarah Diouf Instagram page
Nigerian surrealist painter Arinze Stanley produces exceptional, hyper-realistic pieces. The beauty of his work lies in his extreme attention to detail, with his completed paintings looking more like black and white photographs than hand-drawn paintings.
Follow Arinze Stanley here >>> Arinze’s Instagram page
Finally, follow us on Instagram if you are not already. We present to you a vibrant gallery of meticulously designed African inspired socks, as well as African creative features and lessons in Ghanaian tradition and culture.
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