The Ghanaian arts platform is tipping these artists, architects, designers, poets and more for big things in 2021.
Manju Journal, a culture platform founded in 2015 and run by Orlando Mensah and Kusi Kubi, has been championing emerging talent in photography and other creative disciplines from across Africa. As well as being an incubator for the next generation of standout creativity, they have fostered a supportive community in an industry known for fierce competitiveness. "We're drawn to artists who are able to convey their ideas in really concise ways," the pair say. Anyone who follows them on Instagram can attest to this clear vision; a smorgasbord of new ideas in image-making and style.
In 2020, Orlando and Kusi curated a list of photographers they were feeling excited by, those with a capacity to examine the continent's beauty in unexpected ways. This year they have gone beyond photography, to spotlight a broader range of artistic disciplines. "We are celebrating these creatives that have inspired us over the past year, as well as championing some we have just been introduced to," Orlando says. "Below is a selection and snapshot of some of the creatives we are tipping for greatness in 2021 — from those in photography and filmmaking, to beauty, fashion, architecture and design."
Born in the DRC and raised in Belgium, Baloji describes himself as “an artist in motion, a musician, poet, film director, a man of images and ideas”. In 2019, one of his music videos — that he also directed and styled — won ‘Best Styling in a Video’, a category in association with i-D, at the UK Music Awards. Follow here.
Recently presenting his first solo exhibition, artist David Alabo renders his portraits of the continent in hyper-surreal colours and textures, crafting epic landscape laden with symbolism. Follow here.
Designer Priya Ahluwalia has gone from strength to strength since she graduated from an MA in Menswear and started her eponymous sustainable label, last year becoming the recipient of the joint LVMH Prize. Follow here.
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Furniture designer Kusheda Mensah studied surface design at the London College of Communication and since graduating has caught the attention of Vogue, AnOther and Adidas, who she’s collaborated with. Follow here.