Events & News

  • Africa Village

    Set up at Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall, the continent of Africa welcomes you throughout the Olympic Games from the 28th of July to the 12th of August

    Open to all, access to Africa Village is free of charge for visitors from 9am to 10 pm. The general public is invited to take a journey and discover the cultural, artistic and sporting riches of Africa. Stands presenting the very best of each African country with modern and traditional music concerts, fashion, dancing, photo exhibitions and a restaurant… so that all those in love with Africa and the most curious of visitors can immerge themselves in African culture and discover its diversity, talent and dynamism.

    Be welcome at the Africa Village!


    You must also visit the Official Nigeria Stand (WAZOBIA LOUNGE) at the Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (ANOCA) Africa Village in Kensington Gardens during the Olympics in London.

    It’s FREE and Open to all visitors from 9 A.M. to 10 P.M, every day from the 27th July – 12th August.

    17 DAYS of Exhibition, Entertainment, Trade Opportunities and showcasing Nigeria’s potential.

    VENUE: The AFRICA OLYMPICS VILLAGE, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, SW7 2AP (Closest Tube – South Kensington),

    DIRECTIONS: The Africa Village is next to The Royal Albert Hall and is a 3 minute walk from South Kensington Tube Station on the District Line.

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  • Olympic Bee Bag

    I am quite excited about the start of the Olympics. I have to admit I am completely enthralled by everything from opening ceremonies to the athletics to the basketball games. At Urbanknit HQ we thought we’d do a little something to show our support and love of the games, especially as it holding in our beloved London this time around.

    The most prominent symbol of the games are the 5 interlocking rings in blue, yellow, black, green, and red and usually against a white background. It was designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games.  The rings represent the five continents of the world and it is suggested that at least one of the colours appears on all the national flags of the world. Let us know if you have spotted an exception!

    We have a made a special Olympic Bee Bag (our bestselling pleated tote bag) which incorporates each of these colours in strips of Aso-Òkè. The Olympic colours with an African twist!

    Check out the full schedule of the games to make sure you don’t miss something exciting. So what particular event are you looking forward to seeing? Please leave a comment and let us know!


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  • New Collection- The Shop Floor Project

    We have a brand new collection of both Super Snap and Mega Snap clutches at The Shop Floor Project. This collections is currently only available at The Shop Floor Project so be sure to check them out!

    Visit the shop:

    The Shop Floor

    60 Market Street



    LA12 7LT


    Tropical Swim Mega Snap Clutch


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  • Urbanknit at the Southbank Centre

    As part of Africa Utopia our gorgeous print and batik Bee bags are available in the Festical Terrace Shop at the Southbank Centre for the whole of July.

    So if you are in the neighbourhood, do stop by and have a look!




    Southbank Centre, Festival Terrace
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX
    Area: Southwark

    020 7921 0771

    Nearest Transit Stations:

    Waterloo, Embankment, Westminster


    Mon-Fri 10:00 – 21:00

    Sat 10:00 – 20:00

    Sun 12:00 – 20:00

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  • Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre

    Africa Utopia is a month-long festival of music, theatre, film, literature, dance, fashion, talks and debates programmed by Southbank Centre in conjunction with renowned Senegalese singer and human-rights campaigner Baaba Maal, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World with MasterCard.

    Throughout the festival there are performances by iconic musicians who share Baaba Maal’s belief in the power of music for social change. You can also hear from writers who provide insight into the reality of contemporary African culture. Meanwhile an invited group of young delegates – guided by ‘elders’ including Baaba Maal and Lemn Sissay – explore how art projects can be mobilized to bring about social change. Come along, join in and be part of this brand new festival!

    Some of the other highlights of the celebration are

    African on the Catwalk– A fashion show by Ola Shobowale and Sabrina Henry showcasing designers like Bestow Elan (Ghana/UK), Chichia London (Tanzania/UK), Eki Orleans (Nigeria/UK), Madam Wokie (Sierra Leone), Kezia Frederick (UK), and MO SAÏQUE Shoes (Ghana/UK).

    More Than Zebra Print- African Fashion Panel– Talking African fashion and its current and future influence on the industry.

    The Ultimate Afrobeats Utopia–  DJ Edu, DJ Neptizzle and Sef Kombo playing the Naija Pop, Azonto Rythmns, Kuduro, Kizomba and the funkiest beats from around the continent.

    For more information please visit:


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  • New Designers 2012

    New Designers 2012 – Introducing exceptional graduate design talent for over 25 years

    The cream of the crop of this year’s design graduates unveils their remarkable talent at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre. The exciting presentation is a two part event introducing the very latest ideas and emerging trends across a host of design disciplines.

    Part 1 displays contemporary applied art – ceramics and glass, jewellery and metal work alongside directional textiles fashions and home accessories. Fresh ideas for furniture and spatial design, including interiors and architecture, are juxtaposed beside innovative product design in Part 2. Strong visual communication incorporates graphic design, illustration and multimedia.

    One Year On features 50 exceptional designers and makers who have established their own business in the past year. Selected for their fresh voices and new direction they are the ones to watch and as such, this section continues to attract the attention of buyers, curators and of course the design conscious public.

    For everyone who loves design at its most exciting and cutting edge a visit to New Designers is essential.

    DATES: A two-part event.
    Part 1: 27 to 30 June
    Part 2: 4 to 7 July

    For more information on tickets and times:

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  • The Royal African Society’s inaugural Literature and Book Festival

     Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July 2012, 12-6pm

    Brunei Gallery Building (SOAS) & Torrington Square


    The RAS is pleased to present Africa Writes – a festival celebrating contemporary African literature and writers, taking place on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2012.

    Africa Writes aims to enhance coverage and discussion about African literature and writers. Every year, Africa Writes will showcase established and emerging literary talent from Africa and the Diaspora during a weekend-long series of events, including a major lecture with a high profile African literary figure; book launches, readings, workshops, panel discussions and children’s activities; a 2-day international book fair showcasing publishers of African literature; and a pan-African food market featuring dishes from around the continent.

    This year Africa Writes will mark the 50th anniversary of the African Writers Series.  Confirmed authors taking part in the festival include: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Nuruddin Farah, Kojo Laing, Lily Mabura, Jack Mapanje, Obi Okigbo, Noo Saro-Wiwa, E. E. Sule, Goretti Kyomuhendo and the five shortlisted Caine Prize writers for 2012 – Rotimi Babatunde, Billy Kahora, Stanley Kenani, Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, and Constance Myburgh. Participating poets include: Modeste Hugues, Oxmo Pucion, Kety Nevyabandi Bikura, Shalija Patel, T.J. Dema, Paul Dakeyo, Bewketu Seyoum, Abdulahi Botaan Hassan ‘Kurweyne’, Warsan Shire, Sam Elmi, Elmi Ali, Inua Ellams,Yemisi Blake, Safia Elhillo, Mariama Khan, Togara Muzanenhamo, and Lemn Sissay.

    Festival highlights include: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s main lecture (Saturday, 30th June, 6-7:30pm); an audience with the 2012 Caine Prize Shortlisted writers, in collaboration with the Black Reading Group and the London Afro-Caribbean Book Club (Saturday, 30th June, 3-4:30pm); interactive story-telling for children (Sunday, 1st July, 12-1pm); and panel discussions on the current publishing landscape for contemporary African writing and the dilemmas of African Diaspora writers. The festival’s closing event will be Word from Africa, part of Poetry Parnassus at the Southbank (Sunday, 1st July, 6-10pm).

    *All events are free and open to the public except for the Caine Prize event (RSVP to and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s lecture (RSVP here).

     The Royal African Society is a membership organisation – Please click here to find out more.  

     Please RSVP for all RAS events to

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  • Urbanknit at L’Espace



    Don’t forget you can get a selection of clutches, totes and shawls at our Victoria Island stockist in Lagos Nigeria.


    19a ,Olosa Street
    off Karimu Kotun Street
    Victoria Island


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  • Welcome!

    Welcome to our brand new blog and site. Before we start on all the exciting things we have planned you can still check out our past stories are

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