OUR STORY

Contemporary African design is inspiring the global design landscape. So why isn't it accessible worldwide?

Born in Ghana, raised in South Africa, and now living in New York, our founder, Nana Quagraine always loved the unique contemporary African design items she found on trips home. But while African designers often inspire global design, she realized these designer's creations were largely under-represented and hard to access globally.  

Nana founded 54kibo along with a team of executives, investors, and advisors committed to sharing the vast creativity and talent the African diaspora has to offer the world.

We’re creating a design destination that is both uniquely beautiful and authentic. It’s our pleasure to share it with you.

WHY I JOINED THIS JOURNEY

FOUNDER & CEO

“After the birth of our twins, my husband and I hosted a Ghanaian Naming Ceremony in Brooklyn, New York; a day filled with love and the beauty of my culture. This day inspired me, and created a sense of urgency to build 54kibo, to share the beauty of the African diaspora with my children and the world.”

- Nana Quagraine

MARKETING PARTNER

“I’ve been a design fan as long as I can remember; True story, as a child I used to read my mother’s Metropolitan Home and cut out photos of sleek Scandinavian couches and chairs. Now, as a woman of African descent, this opportunity to shine a spotlight on a highly experienced and talented pool of designers from the African diaspora has been personally energizing and enlightening.”

- Alliah Livingstone

MERCHANDISING DIRECTOR

“I love beautiful things and we have found so many unique and beautiful products for 54kibo. Uncovering the very best for our customer is extraordinarily fun yet challenging - there is so much to choose from. Every item has a rich story behind it, which is incredibly special.”

- Eugenia Chen

OUR EXPERIENCE

Our philosophy of excellence is reflected in our team. Hand-picked by our founder, we have a beautiful combination of passion and credentials to bring Contemporary African Design to the forefront worldwide.

OUR CONNECTION TO AFRICA

While we are U.S. based, much of our team and advisors is from, has spent time living in, or has traveled throughout Africa. There’s so much more we can’t wait to see.

Our name’s inspiration, Kibo, is denoted by the triangle on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

OUR CONNECTION TO AFRICA

While we are U.S. based, much of our team and advisors is from, has spent time living in, or has traveled throughout Africa. There’s so much more we can’t wait to see.

Our name’s inspiration, Kibo, is denoted by the triangle on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

OUR NAME

Kibo is the highest summit in Africa—a snow capped volcanic cone that sits atop Mount Kilimanjaro.

54kibo is a global lifestyle brand that showcases the height of contemporary African design across Africa’s 54 countries.

JOIN OUR JOURNEY

The 54kibo team is currently looking for one Marketing Associate and one Business Development Associate with interest in sharing the beauty of contemporary African design - email us: info@54kibo.com

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