Award winning visual artists: Nadine Ibrahim, Trevor Cole, Eric Lafforgue and a dynamic group of vibrant talents including Hannah Longole and Anibal Bueno.
Anyango Mpinga Is a Kenyan Eco Innovator who has embraced the principles of circular fashion to explore radical systems in textile design and promote conscious consumption of apparel and accessories. She founded her eponymous brand in 2015 and is renowned for her reimagined white shirts; bold prints; silhouettes balanced between androgyny and a bohemian aesthetic. she designs with an ethereal quality that is reminiscent of the romantic Victorian age while maintaining a sophisticated boyish edge. Her influential work has earned her a number of fashion industry accolades and awards.
She is an activist and the Founder of Free As A Human, a fashion initiative working to raise awareness around human trafficking and the forced labour that occurs within the fashion industry supply chain; Garnering Support from notables such as Gloria Steinem. Her Brand, which is committed to Impact- Investing supports the work of Awareness Against Human Trafficking (Haart Kenya), donating profits from sales to their shelter for young female survivors of trafficking.
Painter, Art critic and an Ethno-aesthetician
Dr. Chuu Kryzd Ikwuemesi is a painter, art critic, ethno-aesthetician with a BA (First Class Honours) in Fine and Applied Arts (1992), an MFA in Painting (1999) and a PhD in Art History (2014) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Dr. Ikwuemesi is the founder of the Pan-African Circle of Artists (PACA) and Emeritus President of The Art Republic. He has researched and published on aspects of Igbo and Ainu (aboriginal Japanese) art. He was a visiting professor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan in 2008 and was a Japan Foundation Fellow in Hokkaido in 2009. Dr. Ikwuemesi is a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies African Humanities Programme and a senior research fellow of the IFRA- Nigeria. A polyvalent artist of superlative merit, he is currently an associate professor, Department of Fine and Applies Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and co-ordinator of the Death Studies Association of Nigeria.
Makeup artist,Creative Director and Photographer
Nallah Balassama Sangaré
A creative in the Fashion, Beauty & Art industry, Nallah is a Makeup artist, Hair Designer, Stylist, Creative Director and Photographer. With a background in International Business, her career took a turn toward the Beauty & Fashion Industry where she has now worked with prestigious brands including Givenchy and MAC Cosmetics.
With a global career across Europe and Africa, Nallah has worked as an International Makeup Trainer in several countries on the African continent, including participation at Fashions Shows and African Festivals such as Mercedes Bens Fashion Week Cape Town & Johannesburg, FIMA (NIGER), African Collection (Cameroun), Fashion & Design Week (Gabon), Nigerian Next Super Model & GTBank Fashion Week (Nigeria), TRIBAL Chic Fashion Show (Kenya)... An interview clip of Nallah talking to the BBC can be viewed here:
Feminist activist and writer
Dr. Toyin Ajao Is a Nigerian, a feminist activist, writer, researcher, teacher, creative healing facilitator and new media and conflict transformation expert at Afrolick Wellness. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where she was also a lecturer of International Relations. She is an alumna and an associate of the Africa Leadership Centre (ALC) King’s College, London. She completed an ALC prestigious Women Peace and Security Fellowship and a Master’s in Conflict Security and Development at King’s College London. An award-winning international blogger, Dr. Ajao has her Bachelor’s from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr. Ajao is a former doctoral grantee of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa, Andrew Melon Foundation and the ALC. Her research foci from multi-disciplinary lens include posthuman security, African peace mechanisms, cultures
of peace, conflict transformation, new media technology, visionary feminism and sexual rights. Dr. Ajao has been published in the reputable Matatu Journal, and online platforms such as Kujenga Amani, African Studies Association and Pambazuka. She is a board member of various progressive organisations in Africa including Visionspring Initiatives, and Equality Triangle Initiative. She is currently the Coordinator of the ALC Alumni Association.
Laurence Sessou also known as 'Moniasse' is a bodywork therapist, aromatherapist, and an artist muse, and has been practicing for over 14 years. She is the founder of Azoouiwa, a platform that champions the work of women activists, healers and creatives. Laurence's tattooing journey started when she was 30, and she has since broken the ground as one of the few black women with tattoos and scarifications in the modelling industry. She has been featured in Stylist Magazine, Urban Ink, Things and Ink and BBC 3.
Laurence's tattoos and scarifications are a representation of her spiritual breakthroughs, expressing a celebration of her life and spiritual path.
Laurence is a French national with roots in the Republic of Benin, and lives in London. Her grandfather was a chief and spiritual healer in Comè, Benin. Both of her grandmothers were initiated high priestesses and dancers in the voodoo tradition
Body Art Professional
Ryan Ouellette is an American body art professional with twenty years of experience. Mainly working as a body piercer Ryan has offered safety and technique training throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Ryan began offering scarification in 2001 and has since been recognized as one of the world's elite practitioners and has performed scarification in countries around the world including Japan, Germany, and the UK. His work has been published in the pages of multiple body art magazines as well as on the National Geographic website. In 2013 Ryan presented his TED talk "the Intentional Scar" at a TEDx event for New England college. From 2008 to the present year Ryan Ouellette has offered scarification lectures and training workshops for other body art professionals at the Body Modification Exchange Network conference in Germany. For more info you can visit his website at www.precisionbodyarts.com/scarification or search "ryanpba" on social media.