ARISE is Africa’s first and foremost international style magazine. Highlighting African achievement in fashion, music, culture and politics, it provides a positive portrayal of the continent and its contribution to contemporary society across the world.
From cover stars including Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek and Alicia Keys to in-depth interviews with Denzel Washington, David Adjaye and Jay-Z, ARISE informs, incites and delights in equal measure. “ARISE breaks cultural and editorial boundaries with its mix of upfront news, exclusive interviews, reportage and luxury fashion stories,” says Helen Jennings, editor of the high-end, large-format title. “I’m proud to say ARISE is like no other global glossy.”
As part of ARISE’s ongoing commitment to highlighting African talent, it presents the first ARISE Magazine Fashion Week - Lagos 2011 this March. The landmark event will bring together 50 designers from Africa and the diaspora, and features shows and seminars as well as concerts by Estelle, Darey Art Alade, D’Banj and Tinie Tempah. AMFW culminates in the ARISE Magazine Fashion Awards, the winners of which will participate in the ARISE Magazine Fashion Gala on September 14 at New York Fashion Week.
After three successful seasons of ARISE African Fashion Collective at NYFW, plus sponsorship of Africa Fashion Week 2009 in Johannesburg, ARISE founder Nduka Obaigbena felt it was time ARISE launched its own pan-African event: “ARISE is already leading the way and, due to the unprecedented demand to showcase Africa’s finest designers, we’ve created our very own series of spectacular events. We’re showing the world that Africa is here to stay at the forefront of international fashion.”
ARISE is published quarterly and sold in over 20 countries. It has established itself as a mainstream magazine for modern Africans, African-Americans and the diaspora, and through its newly relaunched website, Facebook and Twitter pages, ARISE continues to build a global community.
ARISE had its successful soft launch in October 2008 and hit newsstands in February 2009, coinciding with the debut ARISE African Fashion Collective show at NYFW. It went on to win Launch Of The Year at the APA International Customer Publishing Awards 2009 and took Highly Commended in the same category at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards.
Ever since issue one, which featured interviews with Liya Kebede, John Legend, Thandie Newton and Youssou N’Dour, ARISE has charted the best of Africa and beyond. To date ARISE has met musicians Pharrell Williams, Akon, Nas, 2Face, Erykah Badu, Sean Paul, Seun Kuti and K’Naan. We’ve gone to the movies with Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Djimon Hounsou and Don Cheadle. We’ve shot with models Rose Cordero, Sessilee Lopez, Ajak Deng, Georgie Baddiel and Oluchi Onweagba. And political figures Tony Blair, Mandla Mandela and Malam Bacai Sanhá have shared their ideas and inspirations with ARISE.
Exclusives include behind-the-scenes access at Barack Obama’s inauguration, a World Cup 2010 report profiling players from all six African teams, and coverage of Alicia Keys’ Keep A Child Alive Black Ball, for which ARISE was the media sponsor. A special edition focusing on
Nigerian commerce and culture was also distributed in South Africa and Nigeria during the World Cup to mark the country’s golden jubilee.
THISDAY Group Chairman and ARISE editor-in-chief Nduka Obaigbena says: “There is much for the continent to be jubilant about, contrary to what some Western media would have you believe. ARISE magazine commun-icates the landmark successes that Africans and people of African descent have achieved, as well as the opportunities open to Africa in the future.”
ARISE targets a discerning, Afropolitan readership who share an interest in the cultural and social developments coming out of the continent. The magazine’s mix of fashion, music, sport, film, art and politics appeals to young, educated and affluent readers who demand to be the first to know about what’s hot and what’s important in Africa and around the world. ARISE attracts a 60:40 female/male audience.