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Cameroonian-American Fashion Designer Nyorh Agwe Talks Identity And Building a Fashion Brand

 1. Please introduce yourself, tell us a bit about your background, where you are based, and what led you to a career in fashion design?

My name is Nyorh Awum Agwe and I am a Cameroonian-American Fashion Designer. I was born in Cameroon but moved to Italy with my mum when I was 3 weeks old. My first language as a Cameroonian was Italian. After I was 4, we moved back to Cameroon only to move to the United States just 2 years later. Our family had a very nomadic lifestyle. Because of it, I always found myself having to re-adapt to spaces. Being African was never cool enough unless I invented extremely exotic stories of my life and being African American was not even an option. Therefore, I went along with any identity given to me so I could at least belong to some group. As a result, I became a sort of shapeshifter connected to everyone else’s identity but my own. But somehow, I found a home just for me in art.

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Highlighting Africa’s Inspiring Creative Collaborations

Here at Shoko Press, we are all about collaborating with writers, content producers, creative talent and industry professionals to bring you amazing, inspirational and motivational books and digital content. Collaboration is a powerful thing, the meeting of ideas to create new ones and at times offering up unexpected viewpoints. Collaboration offers those involved a chance to

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Using An Internship To Develop Your Creative Career

We are delighted to welcome on board Priscilla Mukiibi who is joining Shoko Press as a Marketing Executive intern for a few months. Priscilla has been using internships to help build her experience and knowledge of various industries with the aim of starting her own creative business. Internships are a great way to get your

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Kilubukila – Building A Business Whilst Working the 9-5

Last December whilst showcasing our books at the Africa Centre Christmas Market Pop Up we found ourselves neighbours with a furniture design business called Kilubukila, and subsequently got chatting to the founder Jess Kilubu. Jess is among an ever-increasing number of people following their dreams by starting a business whilst working the 9-5 and we invited

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Shoko Press Books Now Available On Amazon Prime USA

For our readers based in the US, we are pleased to announce that Shoko Press books are now available to order through the African Books Collective’s Amazon Prime Channel, meaning local shipping costs and faster shipping times.   – The Editorial Team [Image credit: The image shown belongs to Shoko Press. If downloaded and used

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Africa and The Resurgence of Afrofuturism

Unless you have been living under a rock, the visual spectacular that is Black Panther has set popular culture alight with its imaginative portrayal of a futuristic African continent had it been untouched by colonialism. From the costumes, use of local languages to incorporating traditional cultures and customs, Black Panther seeks to celebrate and respect

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Q&A With Vusani Ravele, Native Decor Founder

South African product designer and managing craftsman, Vusani Ravele won the hearts of  TV viewers following his appearance on Shark Tank South Africa. Vusani shares with us the impact securing investment has had on developing his business Native Decor, the challenges and rewards of growing a sustainable creative business, the importance of preparedness, having passion and believing

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Ichyulu Connecting Modern African Fashion With Consumers

Ichyulu is a Nairobi based fashion retail platform that specialises in connecting consumers with African fashion. We caught up with the company to learn more about the African fashion retail industry and get her thoughts on the opportunities and advice for fashion designers looking to stock through retail outlets.   1. Please introduce yourself, and

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