Andani is a verb that means to increase or expand in Tshivenda. In isiXhosa Anda refers to growth or expansion.
About Andani Africa
Andani.Africa’s purpose is to grow and strengthen the Creative Economy in Africa. We do this by creating and co-creating valuable insights through research, strategic advisory and content engagement.
Andani.Africa is a research, insights, and strategic advisory company specialising in the creative and cultural industries. It was formed in 2016 out of a need to strengthen research approaches that address knowledge-gaps in the understanding of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in Africa. Andani.Africa works within the intersection of tradition and culture that we like to call Data Humanism: African forms of storytelling that share insights and knowledge in the tradition of the oral histories of our forebears, and the technological advances afforded us by new digital forms of data analysis and visualisation, harnessing AI for African creative industries knowledge production.
Lonwabo Mavuso leads Business Development at Andani.Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts (Hons) in Arts Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Lonwabo has played many roles in the creative industries including being the co-founder of Bafundi Film and TV Festival in partnership with the SABC, GFC and NFVF.
He has worked for organisations such as Wits University’s Drama for Life as the Fundraising and Partnership Manager; Business and Arts South Africa as Marketing and Operations Manager and Head of Programmes and Development; South African Tourism as Trade Exhibition Manger; and is currently the chairperson of Arterial Network South Africa.
Lonwabo has led numerous CCI projects in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Malawi and has vast experience working with the private sector, cultural international development agencies, national and international governments, and creative and cultural practitioners.
Head of Research
Molemo Moiloa heads research at Andani.Africa. She lives and works in Johannesburg, and has worked in various capacities at the intersection of creative practice and community organising.
Molemo’s academic work has focused on the political subjectivities of South African youth. She is one half of the artist collaborative MADEYOULOOK, who explore everyday popular imaginaries and their modalities for knowledge production. Up until recently, she was Director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA).
Molemo also works with the Market Photo Workshop, the School of Arts and Social Anthropology departments at the University of the Witwatersrand, among others. She has both a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (cum laude) and a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology (cum laude) degree from Wits University.
MADEYOULOOK was nominated for the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics 2016/17 at the New School, New York. Molemo was a Chevening Clore Fellow 2016/17, and winner of a Vita Basadi Award for 2017.
Phumzile N. Twala
Phumzile Nombuso Twala is a Writer, Independent Arts Practitioner, Independent Curators International (ICI) alum and Art Activist. Her research interests are in Heritage, Archives, Museums, Collections, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Art Education, Participatory Practice, Social Justice and Development.
Phumzile is working with Andani Africa on research with a specific focus on Open Restitution Africa
Avril Mafemba is the Senior Researcher at Andani.Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies (Hons) and a Masters in Social Development from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Avril has worked in the civil space as a programme coordinator and researcher for the South African National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security in partnership with UNWomen, various government departments and NGO’s. Avril has since been involved in several research and comprehensive funding reviews for the Oak Foundation, Sonke, the Irish Embassy and many others.