The Quatz African Innovators is an annual series that identifies and highlights some of the continents’ biggest movers and thinkers. Launched in 2015, the list contains African womxn and men who are creating an impact in their communities, countries and the continent as a whole.
The 2019 innovators list featured Nigerien architect Mariam Kamara, Cameroonian architect Hermann Kamte and Togo-based architect and anthropologist Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou.
Herman Kamte believes Africa should be designing for prevention instead of quick-fix solutions. According to the Cameroonian architect, for too long has Africa been attempting to solve its problems only once emergencies hit. Kamte’s belief in creating resilient cities involves integrating cultural influence and sustainable materials.
Architect and anthropologist Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou believes that the problems Africa faces are too big for its politicians to face alone. He recently participated in a Design Indaba panel discussion on the subject of ‘Digitising Africa’ that took place at the N’GOLÁ Biennial.
Architect Mariam Kamara was named as a 2019 laureate of the Prince Claus Award. The award honours visionary individuals who are creating positive change in the cultural and development environment.