The African continent is filled with many talented artists and art collectors. Many of these talented artists do not have the opportunity to show their talents to the world due to their art only being seen by the people closest to them. Through NFTs, these individuals are able to show their art pieces to NFT communities around the world. 

The Big 5 Collection, powered by African NFT, gives African artists access to the global NFT market, where their voices can be heard and their talents are seen. The African NFT Big 5 Collection represents the animals of the Big 5 through unique, artistic expression, to embody the essence of Africa, its creativity, and its innovation. We hope to capture the beauty of Africa in each of the NFTs we produce and that our community shares in the excitement of African culture and art.

African NFT Roadmap

The beginning of african nft

African NFT partnered with 11 artists across Namibia and South Africa on its first NFT collection, the Big 5 NFT Collection. The mission of the collection is to provide these upcoming African artists with an opportunity where they can showcase their talents, express what Africa means to them through their art and have access to a global NFT community. Profits will be distributed proportionally between the 11 African artists that help make the collection possible, our chosen charity (The International Rhino Foundation), the African NFT workforce and the rest will be reinvested back into the company to ensure that we have sufficient capital to begin our 2nd phase of the project.

In addition to the automatic donation made to the IRF, utility includes holders will have exclusive access to channels within our Discord community and will be able to communicate and collaborate with them over any decisions or calls that need to be made. We want to involve our community going forward. Holders will also be able to utilize opportunities made available to them on the website for them to show what they bring to the industry to African NFT enthusiasts and visitors.

The first collection - the big 5

After the launch of the Big 5 NFT Collection, African NFT plans to launch an African community available to African NFT Collections, Tokens, Cryptocurrencies, Metaverses, Games etc to showcase their projects to fellow African Web3 enthusiasts all part of one community. Holders of Big 5 NFTs will be granted free promotion on the newly developed platform once it is live. African NFT will also be available for consultation sessions at a fixed rate to help enthusiasts successfully transition into the industry and to access the community effectively by using valuable knowledge accumulated by the African NFT team.

what the future holds for african nft

African NFT will work with an Australian-based company, Avy Apps, on a platform that will connect African artists with a marketplace through academies across the continent. This consists of working with NGOs across Africa to educate and equip artists with the necessary information for them to have a headstart in the NFT space. Wi-Fi hotspot devices will also be introduced which enable artists to have access to an NFT marketplace whilst the company mines tokens in return. Exciting times are ahead for African NFT and the African blockchain industry!

The Big5 NFT Collection
Isibindi (means brave in zulu)

The monochrome palette of the Noir version of the buffalo NFT is a melancholic yet magical illustration of this awe-inspiring animal.

Ezolile (Means calm in zulu)

This rendition of the rhino NFT is the essence of reminiscence. It is a solemn reminder of the vulnerability of this beautiful creature and that it may fade out of existence if we do not protect it, which is the mission that this NFT embodies.


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Unomdla (means curious in xhosa)

The elephant is the epitome of old-timey, with his wisdom and his wrinkled skin, so this rendition of the elephant NFT is the ideal depiction of the timeless creature.


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Kunqunyiwe (means determined in zulu)

The elephant’s grey colour is emphasised in this depiction. It is evocative of the dry yet tough skin that acts as the elephant’s shield from the elements.


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Olododo (means faithful in yoruba)

The add-on effect of the Collage version of the rhino NFT is an unconventional yet inventive re-imagining of the rhino’s textured skin and its singular appearance.


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Inkululeko (means freedom in zulu)

The leopard emanates sentimentality in this rendition of the leopard NFT. It is a representation of the animal in its purest and most empathetic form.


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Gaskiya (means truth in hausa)

The colours and composition of the Abstract version of the leopard NFT conceive an eccentric and electric artwork that speaks to the sheer mystery and charm of the leopard.


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Utulivu (means calm in swahili)

The Silhouette version of the Leopard NFT heightens the unique pattern of the spots on its coat, as its weapon of disguise in the art of the chase.


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Utukufu (means glorious in swahili)

The Pixel version of the elephant NFT is a tribute to all the iconic features of the elephants; its tusks, its ears, and its trunk. It is a playful twist to the monumental image of the African elephant.


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Haske (means light in hausa)

Summer vacation started as soon as the buffalo sported his sultry shades in the Summer Vibes version of the buffalo NFT, looking bright and lively.


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Abin ban mamaki (means mysterious in hausa)

The rendition of the lion NFT is wistful and emotional, with the animal staring deep into your soul with its piercing eyes. It is a piece of profound complexity and empathy.


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Igboya mi (means courage in yoruba)

The King of the Savannah is honoured with detail, delicate linework, and bold golden hues in this rendition of the lion NFT.


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Ixabiso (means precious in xhosa)

Perhaps the most underrated animal of the Big 5, but not to be underestimated. The African buffalo is portrayed as a respected and admired animal in this rendition.


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Asante (means thankful in swahili)

This rendition of the buffalo NFT clearly emboldens the shape of the animal, its astonishing horns, and its gentle face.


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Themba (means hope in zulu)

The Psychedelic version of the lion NFT is a fun and vibrant twist to the King of the Savannah, with a flowing mane in funky colours!


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Inkosi (means king in zulu)

To be depicted as a king with his crown is befitting for the powerful yet gentle rhino. He is truly a noble member of African wildlife, as represented by the King version.


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Uloyiso (means victory in xhosa)

The colourful embrace of the Buffalo is truly depicted in this illustration.


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Egan (means wild in yoruba)

The Retro version of the elephant NFT displays the raw beauty of this truly amazing beast.


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Alagbara (means powerful in yoruba)

The lion certainly appears extra-terrestrial and energised in the Space version of the lion NFT, with the brightness of the animal exuberant against the depths of space in the background.


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Mai tawali'u (means curious in hausa)

As bizarre as the elephant may be with its long trunk and protruding tusks, this rendition of the elephant NFT encapsulates these features in a surreal and hypnotic way.

ARTIST: James hango

Charity supported from the Collection

The International Rhino Foundation is a charity focused on the conservation of the five species of rhinoceros: the White Rhinoceros and Black Rhinoceros in Africa; the Indian Rhinoceros, Javan Rhinoceros and Sumatran Rhinoceros in Asia. The main focus of the IRF can be summed up in the following points:

  • To protect Rhinos in the wild
  • To restore the wildlife habitat
  • To partner with local communities in conservation
  • Conservation breeding
  • To reduce the demand for Rhino horns
  • To support scientific solutions for Rhino conservation

We are proud to work with the IRF and help them financially from the proceeds of this collection. Of every Big 5 NFT sold, we donate 10% to the IRF to provide them with the financial assistance they need to carry out operations related to protecting the Rhino.


How to mint a Big 5 NFT?

The Big 5 Collection will be sold on the Solana blockchain through a secondary marketplace, Magic Eden.

  • Download Phantom wallet on your mobile (iOS or Android) as a chrome extension.

  • Create your account &
    Load funds into the wallet either directly or through a transfer of Solana.

  • Connect wallet on our minting page on the 19th Aug launch &
    Press mint now to mint our NFT and save the rhinos!

Who is the team behind the Big 5 Collection?

The team working on the Big 5 collection consists of NFT enthusiasts from several African countries. These individuals have diverse backgrounds and specialise in areas such as Art, Marketing, Sales, Writing, Technology and Development. More information on these individuals can be found on

Why the Big 5?

The Big 5 Collectively represents the unique essence of Africa. We wanted to leave Africa’s digital mark on the blockchain so that all can admire the magnificence of the Big 5, not just in the real world, but also in the world of crypto. What represents Africa better than the majestic beasts that roam this beautiful land. We celebrate what lies at Africa’s core, its traditions, and its authenticity as a culturally diverse and rich continent.

What makes your NFTs different from others?

Each one of our NFTs has been created by hand by artists from all different backgrounds across Africa. Our NFTs represent African art and what it means to be African. You are not just purchasing an NFT, you are purchasing a piece of Africa and its heritage that is so deeply ingrained in the artworks that our young African artists have crafted. The proceeds of our sales go directly back to supporting those that have poured so much of their passion into these pieces and a charity that aims to protect these age-old beasts portrayed in our collection.

Why only 100 pieces?

Our collection comprises of hand drawn digitised pieces from all over Africa. Each artist has poured in hours of effort to create their most perfect rendition of each of the Big 5. To create artworks as special as these, we were encouraged to cap the unique collection at 100. Since this is such a small collection, you are guaranteed NFTs that are highly valued, exclusive artworks from the heart of Africa.

On which chain will the NFTs be on?

The Big 5 Collection will be sold on the Solana blockchain through a secondary marketplace, Magic Eden.

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