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urban

Africa

not one narrative, but all of them

 

 

 

   A patchwork of colorful culture, systemic poverty, crass luxuries, and every middle in-between, urban Africa is not one narrative, but all of them.

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a glimpse

 
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glimpse: ORCHESTRATED CHAOS | Twisting your feet and senses until you’re mad with hues and scents and dichotomies, the medina of Fes is an orchestrated chaos, underneath, if you read chaos. You shouldn’t though.

glimpse: MARKET THEORY’S REALITY | With his famous Five Forces Framework, Harvard academic Michael Porter gave the business world a tool to determine the competitiveness of an industry. How nice, thanks teach! For a business to enter under favorable conditions, the forces should be weak. Let’s look at retailers in Kigali’s Kimironko market for instance: threat of new entrants – strong; threat of substitutes – strong; bargaining power of customers – strong; bargaining power of suppliers – strong; industry rivalry – strong. Well, it looks like this market isn’t the right fit for you Mr. Aspiring Shoe Vendor. Unless, of course, it’s all you got, and life isn’t just a theory.

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Cape Town / South Africa · 2017   generous view
 

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Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar / Ethiopia · 2017   royal realm



 

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Kitende / Uganda · 2017   ingenious, hands-free sink



 

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Cape Flats, Cape Town / South Africa · 2017   laundry day

 

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