script> Africa Moto: Artist Love: Saki Mafundikwa

Friday, March 15, 2013

Artist Love: Saki Mafundikwa

Happy Friday!

Have a look at the beautiful work of Saki Mafundikwa. Saki is a true renaissance man, he is a typographer, filmmaker, design school founder and an author of the book: Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa. His book explores typography in Africa, a subject that has not been studied much. Don't you just love it. I am so inspired by his work and his approach of looking inwards to his Africa identity for inspiration for his work. As a international development professional/fashion designer/mushroom farm co-founder/Africa blogger, this really resonates with me, and is something I want to explore more.


Mafundikwa left Zimbabwe in the late 1970s to study in the US. He talks about how he needed to leave home to find himself. He made the decision in 1997 to leave New York, cash in his 401(K) and return to Zimbabwe to start up Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA), a school of graphic design and new media. ZIVA, means knowledge in Shona. Saki believed that he needed to  inspire young people in Zimbabwe to consider graphic arts as a possible career option. I discovered his work through a colleague at my co-working space who had heard Saki speak at Yale.



In 2010, Mafundikwa presented an award winning documentary Shungu. Shungu is a personal journey that gives insight into the resilience of the people of Zimbabwe during the world's worst economic crisis. You can explore more of his work here and get his book here.

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