Open Up Shop!


Is 2019 the year where more African creatives attain physical spaces to share their experiences and talents with the world?

If you’ve been paying attention this year, we’ve seen Anifa M, LVRN, Olori Swank, Theo Martins, Sam Desalu and more open up brick and mortar spaces. This is very exciting in the grand scheme of creating safe spaces for African creativity and also a new chapter the economics/business of being a creative.

Hanifa Official will be opening in 2019 in Baltimore, MD.

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I turned 28 yesterday 🎈 I have been holding on to this news for almost 2 months now and Wow, the Lord never seizes to amaze me, like everrrr. At times, we try to limit God and what He really wants to do in our lives with our fear and lack of faith. Faith moves mountains. I had my own business plans and goals for 2019. But clearly God has His own. Y’all He didn’t just bless me with 1 level. I have 3 levels!!! I am so grateful for every single person that has been supporting this vision. It’s not easy AT ALL. I’ve struggled , cried and have given up several times. I now really see the beauty in all of it. It constantly pushes me be the best that I can’t be. Even tho I still have a longgg way to go. I’m really looking forward to this next chapter for @hanifaofficial and myself. It still feels like a dream ! I heard a pastor say this one time. “ if you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible” DREAM BIG and DO BIG. First showroom/shop in Maryland ✔️ Follow @hanifaofficial and subscribe for updates on the grand opening in January 2019. #investinyourself #investinyourdreams #nevergiveup #dreamsdocometrue #millibefore30

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Still dreaming…. ✨

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LVRN studios opened in Atlanta earlier this year

Swank Blue is open in Los Angeles, Ca


Cereal and Such and Office and gallery are based in Los Angeles, Ca with Office and gallery set to open in 2019

Sam Desalu’s Bistro & Bar is based in Kampala, Uganda


These endeavors are inspiring and we hope to see more spaces sprout up in 2019 as the culture and community support African creatives in more ways to build structures and a foundation for future generations to springboard their ideas.

We salute these individuals and their efforts.

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Create what you want to see. @theafricanking

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