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With founders and contributors from around the world, websites have become one of the most interesting expressions of Pan-Africanism in recent years. Africa is a Country, founded by academic Sean Jacobs, co-opts the imperialist habit of treating all of Africa as one enigmatic entity. With its politically fearless reporting, it turns the old cliché into a statement of solidarity. Portals on culture and art from the continent, like African Digital Art, Afrikadaa, and Art Base Africa are written in tones that are critical, newsy or gossip-heavy, as the case may be. Together, they paint a complex picture of creative expression from the continent. The mission is not just to make a point about the diversity of Africa, but also to establish a multiplicity of African perspectives on the world. Cityscapes, a publication from the African Center for Cities at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, brings a local lens to urban conditions across the Global South.

 

Amidst such rich continent-wide platforms, many geography-specific initiatives also stand out. Anza, a Dar es Salaam-based online and print publication faithfully tackles the architectural histories of East Africa. Design Maroc, run by Marrakech-based designer Younes Duret, casts its eye over the countries in the north. Future Cape Town, which began as an examination of South Africa’s premier design city after it hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has since spawned editions in Johannesburg, Lagos, and London.

  • Zam-net Foundation, ed. by Bart Luirink, ZAM Magazine www.zammagazine.com, 2007–ongoing © ZAM magazine

    ZAM Magazine, 2007–ongoing
  • New Media Publishing, Visi www.visi.co.za, 1999–ongoing © Visi

    Visi, 1999–ongoing
  • This is Africa Foundation, This is Africa www.thisisafrica.com, 2010–ongoing © This is Africa Foundation

    This Is Africa, 2010–ongoing
  • Ginny Suss und Vanessa Wruble, OkayAfrica www.okayafrica.com, 2009–ongoing © Okayafrica

    Okay Africa, 2009–ongoing
  • Rashiq Fataar, Our Future Cities NPO, Future Cape Town – Africa’s Future Cities www.futurecapetown. com, 2010–ongoing © Our Future Cities NPO

    Future Cape Town, 2010–ongoing
  • Younes Duret, Design Maroc www.designmaroc.com © Younes Duret

    Design Maroc
  • Interactive Africa, Design Indaba www.designindaba.com, 2001–ongoing © Design Indaba

    Design Indaba, 2001–ongoing
  • The African Centre for Cities, Cityscapes Digital www.cityscapesdigital.net, 2011–ongoing © Cityscapes magazine

    Cityscapes Digital, 2011–ongoing
  • African Artists’ Foundation, Art Base Africa www.artbaseafrica. org, 2014–ongoing © Art Base Africa and African Artists’ Foundation

    Art Base Africa, 2014–ongoing
  • Comfort Badaru, John Paul Senyonyi, Comfort Mosha, Anitah S. Hakika et alii, Anza www.anzastart.com/blog, 2011–ongoing © Anza Magazine, Photo by Muta Matheka, Alemi Tayo

    Anza, 2011–ongoing
  • Missla Libsekal, Another Africa www.anotherafrica.net, 2010– ongoing © Another Africa

    Another Africa, 2010– ongoing
  • Association Afrikadaa, Afrikadaa www.afrikadaa.com, 2010–ongoing © Afrikadaa

    Afrikadaa, 2010–ongoing
  • Jepchumba (@digitalafrican), African Digital Art www.africandigitalart.com, 2009–ongoing © African Digital Art

    African Digital Art, 2009–ongoing
  • Sean Jacobs, Africa is a Country www.africasacountry.com, 2011–ongoing © Africa is a Country

    Africa Is a Country, 2011–ongoing