Afrofuturism is “creating a different narrative for Africa” say creatives

The success of Black Panther and its afrofuturist aesthetic has put Africa in the spotlight as a growing force in design, technology and fashion, according to designers from the continent.

African designers, architects and filmmakers told Dezeen that the Marvel movie, which features a black superhero and is set in fictional African country Wakanda, has focused attention on Africa’s already burgeoning creative scene.

“I am so over the moon with Black Panther, said Sunu Goneera, a Zimbabwean filmmaker who has been working in Hollywood. “It’s a game changer and the opportunity is wide open. I’m excited to take our stories to the world.”

Speaking at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town last month, Goneera said: “As a continent, I feel a rising tide raising all ships, not just one.”


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