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Ford Family for Life – Ford Clubs

Ford Family for Life – Ford Clubs

FORD SA is pleased to share the latest video from the 'Our Ford Stories' video series, coinciding with Ford South Africa's centenary celebrations. The video shines a spotlight on Ford’s vibrant and diverse car clubs across the country. It highlights the close-knit communities of passionate individuals who share a united loyalty to the Ford brand and a love for its iconic nameplates. These clubs celebrate the various models that have made Ford a beloved brand over the years. From classic Mustangs, and hot hatches, to the latest Rangers, members come together to experience their vehicles as they were meant to…
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Building an African fashion brand: The uncomfortable journey of a Cameroonian fashion designer

Building an African fashion brand: The uncomfortable journey of a Cameroonian fashion designer

IN one corner of a busy fashion house in Douala, Cameroon, designer Augustine Mabiama is in the middle of a photo shoot, using a makeshift photo studio equipped with an 18-inch light ring and a smartphone on a stand. Showcasing a whole range of outfits of different styles and colours, Mabiama checks the lighting quality of the images. Making a few adjustments to the clothes in preparation for the next shot, she walks back in front of the camera, poses for a moment, and then walks back around the light ring to check the image. This is all part of…
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VIDEO: Charity Adupong is redefining Ghanaian cuisine

VIDEO: Charity Adupong is redefining Ghanaian cuisine

FOR years, Charity Adupong's shopping experiences were marked with disappointment as she searched for nutritious local foods in major shopping malls and retail stores. The few that were on the shelves lacked attractive packaging. Increasingly she realised that a huge opportunity existed in providing shoppers with well-packaged indigenous foods. She decided to tap into the growing demand. “I didn’t like the way our markets are structured. We openly display food with flies flying all over. And then there is the one on the floor, the ones that are stored later aftermarket and just stored anyhow. So I wanted to do…
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The unsung participants at the 2024 World Rally Championship Safari Rally Kenya

The unsung participants at the 2024 World Rally Championship Safari Rally Kenya

WHEN Kalle Rovanpera and Jonne Halttunen emerged as top finishers at the 2024 World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally Kenya and stepped onto the podium at Hell’s Gate National Park to freely spray champagne over colleagues and rally officials, one might have been forgiven for presuming that this was an all-mens' event. One would have presumed wrong. Apart from four all-womens' teams participating in the race, four Kenyan women made crucial contributions to the event. Here, bird story agency sheds light on these four women. Charlene Tuja, Rally PhotographerIn the male-dominated field of rally photography, Charlene Tuja stands out as…
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Meet the creative championing the African Renaissance from her living room

Meet the creative championing the African Renaissance from her living room

BOLA Edwards' living room has been transformed into a giant stage. Large styrofoam books stand tall while an oversized pencil crafted from plywood balances on a brown wall. The opposite wall is a fuchsia pink. The space looks like a classroom from a child’s whimsical imagination. In the middle of the room stands an armchair upholstered in the swirling patterns of African textiles. It is here, at the centre of things, that the fictional grandmother character Grandma Wura comes to life, sharing stories with young African minds around the globe. Ever since the character's debut in 2015, Grandma Wura has…
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Lift as you rise – A young agri-entrepreneur star is teaching others how to succeed in small-scale farming

Lift as you rise – A young agri-entrepreneur star is teaching others how to succeed in small-scale farming

“BEING busy doesn't mean you are making money, I've been busy for three years, I've only started making money in the fourth year,” 23-year-old entrepreneur Ntobeko Mafu told her class on a rainy day in February in Nhlazatshe, a rural area in the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Mafu was standing in her garden presenting to 30 people who appeared to hold on to her every word as she detailed how she had created a sustainable small-scale broiler and crop farm. Mafu is the founder and Chief Executive Officer at Madam Clucks A Lot and Madam Leafy Green. The former…
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Gloria Kisilu’s digital supply chain is turning rural artisans into global entrepreneurs

Gloria Kisilu’s digital supply chain is turning rural artisans into global entrepreneurs

WHEN Gloria Kisilu arrived at the Mwende Munyanya Women's Group in Katangi, some 100 kilometres from Nairobi recently, the women engaged in weaving sisal baskets paused their work and broke into song and dance. The women, whom Kisilu regards as both friends and business partners, have, thanks in large part to Kisilu, been able to continue a long-standing tradition of weaving baskets, called viondo. The technique they use has been passed down from generation to generation among Kenya's Akamba people. At 28, Kisilu could be some of the weavers' granddaughter. She has brought a fresh vision to the craft, as…
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Zimbabwe’s “Biker Queen” rides full throttle against gender norms

Zimbabwe’s “Biker Queen” rides full throttle against gender norms

EVONNE Mudzingwa is in her happy place. The roar of an engine at full throttle is music to the ears of Evonne Mudzingwa and the glint in her eye is from light reflecting off brilliant chrome on powerful two-wheelers filling a parking lot in Harare. It’s a Sunday afternoon, which means the country’s highways have little traffic - every biker’s dream. Mudzingwa and the other members of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club are clad in leathers and are conducting their final checks, raring to go. Their destination is the city of Kadoma, 140 kilometres southwest of the capital. It’s an annual…
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‘Nobody sees me’: Photographing displacement in Burkina Faso’s capital

‘Nobody sees me’: Photographing displacement in Burkina Faso’s capital

More than 30,000 Burkinabé have made their way down to the capital city, Ouagadougou, over the past few years, escaping a jihadist conflict that has enveloped large parts of the country and displaced more than two million people overall. Yet despite the city’s safety and employment opportunities, the displaced people have been struggling with high rents and a lack of assistance and recognition from humanitarian organisations and different governments. Late last year, Burkinabé photographer Warren Saré, working alongside Italian reporter Giulia Tringali, spent time documenting the lives of the city’s displaced people, who live in informal settlements, with host families,…
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