An Afro-futuristic, collaborative journey down the world's longest river that reminds us technology and nature are connected, and humanity depends on both
The fully-digital experience has been developed by African creatives to show that 'together is better'. Lotus of the Nile showcases the intimacy of tradition and culture through design, music and technology.
The Lotus represents rebirth in Egyptian culture and many others. The River Nile, which stretches along 11 African countries, has the shape of the Lotus flower, and has been a historical point of conflict. Visitors create their own African song to resonate with sounds composed by the musicians, together making the Lotus of the Nile.
The designers have created a physical instrument based on traditional African string instruments such as the nyatiti (Kenya), udungu (Uganda) and masenqo (Ethiopia). Samples from the instrument are used for this digital experience
Produced by - Nairobi Design Week
Creative Direction - Adrian Jankowiak
Design Lead - Adam Yawe
Music Lead - Gregg Tendwa
Creative Lead - Naitiemu
Technical Leads - Felix Tao & Florian Poinsignon
Cultural Liaison - Lisa Kibutu
Musicians - HaddinQ, Udulele John, Papillon, Michel Ongaro, Makadem
Designers - Hebatuallah Hendawy, Hadia Roushdi, Ian Abraham