We (team Adele) have been so privileged to be on the DNA program since its inception. Not only is it an amazing platform for our designs to be promoted and appreciated it gives us a voice. A voice in a beautiful continent where there is so much talent and creativity.
We are African designers, Design network Africa.
A continent so rich in culture, diversity and opportunities, that even Barack Obama on his recent trip to Nairobi acknlowedgled this potential with his beautiful statement: ‘Africa is on the move.’ This very much resonates with the brand’s own concept behind the hashtag #MyheartbeatsAfrica.
Read about what DNA does here.
Today, we’d like to share with you some of our memories and also let you know about some of the members. Some of the designers we’ve interacted with (in alphabetical order):
Note from Adele: Special tribute to Babacar
The moment I met Babacar, AKA Babs, I immediately bonded with him. He was an incredible person with a huge heart and 100% committed to his work and and designs. Everytime there was a DNA workshop somewhere in Africa Babs made sure he brought gifts for me. He was such a humble man and just loved the music of Salif Keita.
Whilst in Accra, Ghana, on an amazing DNA trip/workshop he introduced me to Salif Keita and the music just blew my mind. Babs came the next day with the entire collection of Salif Keita as a goodbye gift for me. I was so incredibly touched. This was family, his was a true friend. I knew no matter how different our work was and diverse our visual aesthetic was we would be friends for ever. Babs, the whole DNA family miss you so much and you have left a huge void. You were and are still incredibly loved. R.I.P. Babs.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Danish Institute for Culture and Development and the voice we have been given.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO SOURCE, ALL DNA FACILITATORS & TRACY & OFF COURSE MY INCREDIBLE TEAM
We are very much on the move …
Ciao for now,