To be Zen means 'to be in a state of meditation'. When you meditate, you are relaxed and you're supposed to be able to reach a level of enlightenment if you do it right. Whole religions and cultures are based on this concept. I can't imagine anyone being creative and not reaching this 'enlightenment ' stage at one level or another. This concept is what Zen Magazine Africa is about- enlightenment that translates to creativity and self-expression in art, music, lifestyle, and culture. In fact, Zen Mag Africa showcases Africans that make creativity the center of their beings- whether in simple entertainment or in work.
The superman behind Zen Magazine is Arinze, and I think I've found myself a kindred spirit. The little time I've known him I've been so inspired by his work and his mindset. The amazing thing is that Zen Mag was created through a series of God-Led steps (that's the only way I can describe it). He simply wanted a platform where he could make a difference and leave his mark on the work, and he found that platform in Zen Mag. "God found me", he said when he spoke of founding the magazine. Now how beautiful is that!
Another amazing thing is that Zen Mag started in such an original way- on just Facebook and Twitter. They already have a huge following- and why wouldn't they, cause when you've got an awesome thing going on, people notice. Although there have been trying times, they are going places- higher and higher. They are launching their website any day now and going to print before you know it. With their interesting features and interviews, beautiful photographs, and creative layouts (I'm so in love with these), they are, and will continue to be, the place to go to celebrate creativity. Check out some pages from their monthly issues below:
You can find Zen Mag Africa on Facebook and Twitter. Also, they will soon launch their website so watch this space for an update.