The mission of the MsAfropolitan Boutique is to showcase and offer a handpicked range of products made by African Diaspora women on a rotating basis. Visit us here.
As part of my journey to achieving this goal, I’ve met such inspiring women whose stories I want to share with you in an interview series features which you can follow here.
‘A truly talented young artist and certainly an inspiration to my own verbal artwork…’ Aaron Flynn
These words can be read on the website of the second lady to feature in the interview series – Shiri Achu, an artist whose works made such an impression on me as well.
Her art feels soft, African, modern and historic all at the same time.
Featured in the MsAfropolitan Boutique are two new pieces, ‘Her Stance’ and ‘Masaai Soul’.
As a samba dancer myself I literally fell in love with ‘Her Stance’ as it captures the roots and elegance of the genre. ‘Masaai Soul’ makes me think of Afropolitanism, I associate the two figures with migranthood and stories of the motherland in memory.
As always, the MsAfropolitan Boutique offers these with a price reduction. Get your independent art prints quick – they are limited editions.
Could you describe Shiri Achu in one or two sentences?
Shiri Achu Art is Shiri Achu’s Artworks (notably acyclic paints on canvas and hardboard) inspired by much but mainly by Africa, Colour, Movement; loving to capture the soul of my subjects.
Could you share an exciting development currently taking place for Shiri Achu?
Can I share two please?
First, my upcoming and debut exhibition in Cameroon on the 24th of November 2010.
Secondly, I am partaking in the Great African Banner where a number of artists from all the various countries of Africa are requested to do two paintings on canvas which would travel throughout Africa and be exhibited in all the countries. I find this a great and unique initiative and i’m pleased to be part of it.
What does the term Afropolitan mean to you?
An Afro Cosmo… One who is of afro (African, Carribean decent) in the western (Cosmo) World…
If you could pick one known African woman, Diaspora and continent, that you think is inspiring, who would that be and why?
Angelique Kidjo-love her music.
Is there any particular element from Cameroonian culture that you maintain in London?
So many… I wear my traditional attires, I cook and eat the traditional meals. Infact, you should see me today, I have my hair plaited in thread in the style known as ‘follow me’ and I’m wearing my traditional Bamenda wear.
Do you have a favourite post on the MsAfropolitan blog, and why?
To be very honest I do not! I love many of the posts on MsAfroplitan blog…
What inspired the name for your business?
ShiriAchuArt is simply (and appropriately) my name with art as a tag to express Art; I could not use ShiriAchuPaintings, or even ShiriAchuPaints for example as that is too limiting. With Shiri Achu Art there is scope for diversion (if necessary or desired) and growth.—
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Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.