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The Quiet Ambassador of African Design

Kelly Berman | DESIGN INDABA   in 
August 5, 2014

Meet Mugendi M’Rithaa, the Kenyan educator and activist who has been working behind the scenes to promote the power of design in Africa.

Being a designer, Mugendi M’Rithaa finds a pleasing symmetry running through the three milestone events that have shaped his career.

The first took place over two days: the moon landing in 1969, which he witnessed as a boy living in the United States while his father was on a scholarship and which ignited his passion for technology.

The next took place over two years: a Commonwealth Scholarship from 1991 to 1993 to study his master’s in industrial design at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, which cemented his interest in socially conscious design.


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