There are emoji that represent everything: zombies, witches, money, toys up to the half-moon that are so fashionable.
Emoji tries to cover the complexity of human life in a unique and modern graphic form.
Among the hundreds of emoji instantaneously available to anyone with a smartphone, there were very few that identify African culture.
O’Plérou Grebet, a 21-year-old graphic design student from Ivory Coast, has noticed this. According to him, there was something to be done to remedy this absence of representation of his people and his culture.
After a period of study, in 2017 O’Plérou Grebet started his project by taking pictures and exploring the identity of Africa through a series of innovative works. But this was not enough to support everything about this culture. Thinking of the most simplistic and most straightforward ways to celebrate Africa, as he was browsing through WhatsApp’s chats, he came up with the idea of designing his own real emoji.
Following this intuition, O’Plérou Grebet decided to produce one every day until he created an impressive amount of more than 200 emoji.
These represent objects, symbols, food, clothing and much more that identifies African culture.
The emoji are also designed for non-Africans so they can explore a new culture with a modern and innovative approach.