Afropolitanism a Zeitgeist, means Afropolitanism a spirit of our era.
Before I draw a link between the concepts of Afropolitanism and Zeigeist it will be better if I provide a definition of both terms.
The first time I heard about Afropolitanism was on the studies of culture and social identity which was more focused on how you identity yourself in a postcolonial era, and as a means to challenge and deviate from being defined by social constructs and stereotypes.
This definition is how I understood, from Taiye Selasi’s definition of Afropolitan as “not being citizens, but Africans of the world”. In other words, you are not tied to the African continent with all it’s limitations, or perceptions from the western or development countries which is often distorted and unrealistic with the aim to degrade.
Afropolitanism is a concept that combines African ideas with foreign ideas into one idea. The term Afropolitan is a portmanteau (blending of two words) of the word African (Afro) and the Greek word polis which mean city or city-state.
Therefore African city-state. Well you might say, there have been kingdoms and
City is more modern, civilized and development highly depicting futurism and not normally associated with ‘primitive Africa’ from the perspective of the Western invaders who were dominated modernist ideologies of the 19th and early 20th centuries; and to some extent still evident in first world countries.
My definition of Afropolitanism is focuses and comes from a graphic design perspective, and how I use it as a platform to combine African Aesthetics, a postcolonial theory and the Swiss Style also known as the Typographic Style, a modernist theory.
I am interested in transforming the millennial generation lives by opening their eyes to the different opportunities available to them to escape the life of poverty which results in alcohol and drug abuse, internet prostitution and theft.
That’s why for my final project, under the theme Zeitgeist (spirit of the era), I came up with Digiafro an online platform to teach, educate, advise and inform millennial on the different ways available for to avoid poverty.
Digiafro is does not only attempt to define Zeitgeist, but it’s a Zeitgeist within itself.
View the website: http://digiafropreneur.stream/