Yinka Shonibare hails WISH Africa for supporting African creativity

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Yinka Shonibare

At the main expo hall of Olympia London, Kensington on the 8 th and 9 th of June 2019, WISH Africa showcased the best of Africa in Art, Architecture, Design, Food, Drink, Real Estate, Tech and Travel in a bid to promote a more positive image of Africa and Africans on the continent and in the diaspora.

Yinka Shonibare

Focusing on four countries from four corners of the African continent: Morocco (representing the North), Kenya (representing the East), Nigeria (representing the West) and South Africa (representing the South), the expo featured African culture, commerce and development through educational cultural installations, a marketplace showcasing premium African goods and panel discussions by renowned industry experts. Speaking at the event, Yinka Shonibare CBE commended the organizers and the panelists for a successful maiden edition.

Harriet Baldwin, UK Minister of State for Africa

‘Congratulations to WISH Africa for providing a great platform for the promotion of African creativity. I am proud to have participated in a highly educational series of talks and presentations which promoted and celebrated African enterprise. It was a pleasure to learn about the innovative ideas coming out of Africa from Architecture to Art, business and fashion. I hope such a productive gathering will continue well into the future’. The WISH Africa Expo 2019 was supported by Dangote Group, Orange Island Development Company, Bank of Industry (BOI) Nigeria, Vlisco&Co, 21st Century Technologies Limited, Kuramo Capital Management, W8 Advisory, The Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation, MOE+ artArchitecture, IDD UK, Eva Sonaike and Pop Up Africa.

The expo will travel to Morocco in 2020, followed by Nigeria in 2021, Kenya in 2022 and South Africa in 2023.

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