Created November 2010, the BHF Network is a new social networking site that has already gained a membership of over a thousand people. The online community is vibrant with forum discussions, blogging, video-sharing, all tackling paradigm shifts in an increasingly modernizing society.
Launched October 2010, Google Baraza's mission is simple: to make the internet in Africa locally relevant and to draw more users online. Google found that most Africans search for local content that is not available, on local businesses, entertainment, health, etc. The way it works is that people post questions on Baraza that are answered by other Africans onsite. It differs from Google as a search engine in that it is a question-answer portal.
3. AFRICAN MODELS INTERNATIONALLY
Liya Kebede and Alek Wek are the most recognized models from Africa. This year however, with the ascent of black models in general, African faces are becoming more recognized in the fashion world. Examples include Ajak Deng (Sudan), Ataui Deng (Sudan), Flaviana Matata (Tanzania), Aminata Niaria (Senegal), Kinee Diouf (Senegal).
|Closing for Lanvin SS 11 (Pic: Scott Schuman)|
4. ARISE New York & Paris
Featuring designers Deola Sagoe, David Tlale, Clive Rundle, Eyola, KLUK CGdT, Christie Brown, Lunar, MOMO, Loin Cloth & Ashes, and Black Coffee. Quite a domination by South Africa and Nigeria, but as the industry develops, we hope designers like Taibo Bacar (Mozambique), Gloria Wavammuno (Uganda) and others get center stage.
5. African Fashion in the blogosphere
From Fashion Gone Rogue.com blogging about ARISE Magazine featuring Alek Wek, Ataui and Ajak Deng, to The Satoralist posting BLK JKS's Mpumi Mcata (below) to an increasing number of online magazine , there's been a heightened awareness of what Africans are doing in fashion.