Words both written and spoken are powerful — they shape our perceptions, our beliefs, our visions, and tell the world who we are.
I feel very privileged that I can, through my writing, bring to life the stories about the people, places, and things that inspire me, so those stories may inspire others.
I believe books, print or digital, make an invaluable contribution to the development of the African design industry. We put information and different perspectives into context to help us make sense of things, and, more importantly, to create records of what has happened and is happening for future generations to look back on, to be inspired and to know what was.
Here you will find a selection of my books exploring design, and book publishing.
Contemporary Design Africa
An image-rich coffee table book featuring over 50 designers, makers, and organisations whose work is offering a new perspective to Africa’s contemporary design landscape.
Fashion Illustration Africa
Fashion Illustration Africa is a vibrant, visually inspiring sourcebook that presents the work of 23 dynamic fashion illustrators and designers drawn from across Africa and the diaspora.
How To Publish Your Book
If you are a content creator interested in publishing a coffee table book then this guide is for you. I share my secrets on what it takes to go from idea to readers hands.
Published essay contributions
ifa Pure Gold
Publication supporting the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Pure Gold Upcycled! Upgraded! travelling exhibition which explores global consumption and the re-use of waste materials to create new objects with greater value.
Connecting Afro Futures
Publication accompanying the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin exhibition exploring fashion and hair in the context of African design and its future alongside the wider global design dialogue. The book features essays, interviews, photos, and illustrations.
I have also helped other creatives produce and publish their own books too. By working together we have brought the exciting voices shaping Africa’s contemporary creative scenes to print so that they too can share their unique, diverse perspectives on design and creativity with the world.
by Mario Epanya,
Mario Epanya is a Paris-based, Cameroon-born beauty and lifestyle photographer who uses his work to champion the need for greater diversity in his industry. BEAUTIFUL was published to mark a decade of Mario’s career.
Fashion A Second Language
by Godson Ukaegbu
Stylist, photographer, and Editor-in-Chief of Style Mania, Godson Ukaegbu has pooled his knowledge into a must-have guide to the inner workings of the fashion industry, with a focus on the African fashion industry.