Jos van Oijen
In her book In Praise of Blood , Canadian author Judi Rever controversially claims that not one, but two genocides were committed in Rwanda in 1994.[1] The first genocide nearly wiped out the Tutsi minority. A second one, secretly committed by the Tutsi dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), allegedly targeted the Hutu majority. It’s a sensational story, but how well does it fit with reality? How well researched is it? Smokescreen Although Rever’s book is promoted as a ground-breaking piece of... In her book In Praise of Blood , Canadian author Judi Rever controversially claims that not one, but two genocides were committed in Rwanda in 1994.[1]...
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The story begins: 'They found her lying on her bed. Washington Mbhozo’s body was on top of hers. He was naked and she was not. It was immediately obvious that she had killed him. She had lodged the knife firmly—expertly even—under his ribs. It had not been so difficult to find the soft spot and drive the knife upwards. Her boy cousins killed goats by slashing their necks—first fondling the pulse and then leaning into the animals. It was always such an intimate embrace. It had been the same when she... The story begins: 'They found her lying on her bed. Washington Mbhozo’s body was on top of hers. He was naked and she was not. It was immediately obvious...
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Twenty years ago, on the eve of International Aids Day, Simon Tseko Nkoli passed away. Simon was a political activist against apartheid and a campaigner for equal rights for LGBTI people. He was imprisoned in the 80s for his participation in protests against white suppression in South Africa. After his release in 1988 he launched the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of the Witwatersrand (GLOW). This organisation played a pivotal role in the campaign for the inclusion of an 'equal rights clause' for... Twenty years ago, on the eve of International Aids Day, Simon Tseko Nkoli passed away. Simon was a political activist against apartheid and a campaigner...
Milan Hermes
Meet Adam Belarouchia, current resident at the Thami Mnyele Studio in Amsterdam. This young artist from Morocco has received awards since his studies at the Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan. Image: © Adam Belarouchia For his work Ana hna (I am here) he received the Grand Prix Aïcha de l’Animation . Adam continued to study the comic and animation track in Tetouan. His views on education and the urban culture of Morocco are visible in his final examination: a short comic book about a boy who tried... Meet Adam Belarouchia, current resident at the Thami Mnyele Studio in Amsterdam. This young artist from Morocco has received awards since his studies at...
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The system of racial segregation in South Africa wasn’t simply black and white. There were more categories and subdivisions. In 1951, the Apartheid authorities issued Proclamation 73. It categorised Indians as a subdivision of people racialised as coloured. This further complicates the assigning of racial categories under the white minority regime. Inspired by their own family histories, Zara Julius and Chandra Frank set out to collect family photographs of everyday, lived experience. These are... The system of racial segregation in South Africa wasn’t simply black and white. There were more categories and subdivisions. In 1951, the Apartheid...
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With marches and rallies, sports boycotts and sanctions many Australians once participated in the international solidarity movement against Apartheid. An exhibition in Cape Town showcases a history more relevant than ever. There was excitement and huge support. There were challenges and failures. One needed a long breath before succeeding and winning the hearts and minds of many people. As in many countries in the Western world, racism is deeply rooted in Australian society. But when activists rose... With marches and rallies, sports boycotts and sanctions many Australians once participated in the international solidarity movement against Apartheid. An...
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Your project, The Network, is a behind-the-scenes look at the Ugandan Nation Broadcasting Services (NBS). Did you encounter any resistance in turning your camera onto the cameras, or behind the cameras? Stuart: “No, I didn’t. I started interning with NBS in 2017 and I developed my project idea while working in the Digital Marketing department of the station, so I was a part of the team and everyone already knew me. My face and my presence as a photographer was familiar to my colleagues and they... Your project, The Network, is a behind-the-scenes look at the Ugandan Nation Broadcasting Services (NBS). Did you encounter any resistance in turning...
Wim Bossema
The success of the film Black Panther was a sensation and also made the star of the Nigerian-American science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor rise. She writes for Marvel comic books, on which the film was based, and is working on a story-line with the elite corps of female fighters of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda in the leading role. Recently, at the Aké Arts and Book Festival in the Nigerian metropolis of Lagos, Okorafor stated: “It is really a Hollywood film, but I see it as the beginning of... The success of the film Black Panther was a sensation and also made the star of the Nigerian-American science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor rise. She...
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On November 18, Lucia Raadschelders passed away in Johannesburg after a long battle with cancer. As a friend of ZAM, Lucia was instrumental in the collaboration between our organisation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF). In the early eighties, Lucia joined the Dutch Anti-Apartheid Movement and co-ordinated several youth and women’s campaigns. From 1987 she took part in Operation Vula, an underground ANC project aimed at the intensification of the struggle against apartheid. Running ‘safe... On November 18, Lucia Raadschelders passed away in Johannesburg after a long battle with cancer. As a friend of ZAM, Lucia was instrumental in the...
Bart Luirink
‘Zij is een vreemd land’ van de Eritrees-Ethiopische schrijver Saleh Addonia maakt deel uit van deze prachtige selectie van proza en poëzie. Annelies Verbeke, die met de Liberiaans-Nederlandse schrijver Vamba Sherif, de bundel samenstelde, vertelt in een introductie hoe schrijver Sulaiman Addonia haar op het ‘onheilspellende’ verhaal van zijn broer attendeerde. “Toen ik hem over het Afrika-nummer van Terras vertelde, wees Sulaiman me enthousiast op Lei è un altro paese , de verhalenbundel van zijn... ‘Zij is een vreemd land’ van de Eritrees-Ethiopische schrijver Saleh Addonia maakt deel uit van deze prachtige selectie van proza en poëzie. Annelies...
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The winner of the 2018 Principal Prince Claus Award transfers hairdressers, immigrants and ‘bornfrees’ from Johannesburg to Lagos Photo. The Market Photo Workshop was established in the final years of apartheid to make visual literacy and the craft of photography available to all population groups. At a time when the movement of black people was severely restricted, renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt (1930-2018) set up the Market Photo Workshop to provide photographic training and... The winner of the 2018 Principal Prince Claus Award transfers hairdressers, immigrants and ‘bornfrees’ from Johannesburg to Lagos Photo. The Market Photo...
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We’re thrilled to announce that the Board of our foundation has secured the vital, energetic and committed input of four new members. We welcome Ayò Adéné , a Public Health expert, writer and regular contributor to our magazine, Angelique Mbundu , artistic director of the iAfrica Filmfestival and managing partner in Mbundu International, Maria Kint , consultant in arts & culture and former anti-apartheid activist and Dr. Margriet van der Waal , professor by special appointment of South African... We’re thrilled to announce that the Board of our foundation has secured the vital, energetic and committed input of four new members. We welcome Ayò...
Kiza Magendane
Essay – In the late 1990s, Kiza Magendane and his uncle left their native country of Congo to start a new life elsewhere. Kiza ended up in the Netherlands, his uncle in South Africa. Nineteen years later they meet in Pretoria. 'Kiza, the South African dream does not exist.' I have landed. After ten years of Europe, I set foot on the African continent again. The customs lady at Johannesburg airport wants to know everything about the reason for my visit. Patiently I show my travel document and the... Essay – In the late 1990s, Kiza Magendane and his uncle left their native country of Congo to start a new life elsewhere. Kiza ended up in the...
Evelyn Groenink
ZAM’s investigative journalism partner, the African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC), once again made its presence felt at the yearly African Investigative Journalism Conference, held 29-31 October in Johannesburg. Firstly, keynote speaker Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Ghana’s famous undercover journalist, explained how African realities impact on the work of investigative journalists on the continent, where undercover reporting is often the only way to get close to authorities and their... ZAM’s investigative journalism partner, the African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC), once again made its presence felt at the yearly African...
Ayọ̀ Adénẹ́
Once upon a time, I met a girl in a Lagos nightclub. She was a dancer. Her body was slim but spritely; her steps were lithe and nimble. Her laughter was like Lagos traffic at 4PM on a Monday, and when she wasn’t weaving gestures through the air, between the spindly fingers of her right hand dangled a thin Benson & Hedges, while the other was loosely draped over the armrest of the sofa. Later that night, in more intimate settings, I got to know she was a resident at The Shrine, one of Fela’s... Once upon a time, I met a girl in a Lagos nightclub. She was a dancer. Her body was slim but spritely; her steps were lithe and nimble. Her laughter was...
Bart Luirink
Where’s that brandy, folks, let us drink! In January 1995, I produced an item for Diogenes, the foreign affairs program of the Dutch VPRO television station. Lord Carrington had previously been portrayed in a series about people who had played a significant role in historical periods. This English politician had mediated in the Yugoslavian conflict. Now it was Botha’s turn, the former foreign minister of South Africa. The editor-in-chief called me in a bright state of excitement, his cut-out folder... Where’s that brandy, folks, let us drink! In January 1995, I produced an item for Diogenes, the foreign affairs program of the Dutch VPRO television...
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And the winners are… Meet Alex Esagala, a photojournalist working for the Daily Monitor in Kampala, who produced this year’s winning image. Brian Otono, a photographer from Kenya, took the East African Photography Award for his essay Kibera: Stories from Within . Jibril Kwizera was selected as the winner of the Young Photographers Award. Image: Kiberia - Stories from Within by Brian Otono winner of the East African Photography Award There were many more winners in the different categories taking... And the winners are… Meet Alex Esagala, a photojournalist working for the Daily Monitor in Kampala, who produced this year’s winning image. Brian Otono,...
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Fatuma (Tanzania, 1918, 80 min.) is one of the great filmproductions at the annual iAfrica Film festival. She’s a farmer, he’s a pest. A traditional rural woman has always risked body and soul, without reward or thanks, to farm her husband’s land and keep the family fed and cared for. She fights unfavourable weather, diseases and poverty. When Mnyusi squanders her prized harvest, and schemes to marry off their daughter, Fatuma has to fight her husband. The film is Swahili spoken, subtitles in... Fatuma (Tanzania, 1918, 80 min.) is one of the great filmproductions at the annual iAfrica Film festival. She’s a farmer, he’s a pest. A traditional...
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The Kenyan High Court Rafiki, a film with a lesbian love theme, issued a temporary injunction for the banned film for a week. Rafiki can now be nominated for an Oscar. Director Wanuri Kahiu: “We’ve won the battle but need to continue the war”. Read article here . Watch trailer here: {youtube}7M_-ucSaFpU{/youtube} The Kenyan High Court Rafiki, a film with a lesbian love theme, issued a temporary injunction for the banned film for a week. Rafiki can now be nominated...
Milan Hermes
With his participation in exhibitions worldwide and clients like Nike, Princeton University, Hennessy, Woolworth, Penguin Publishers, Adidas, FIFA Sindiso Nyoni’s star is rising. Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where did your interest in art and drawing come from? I am an independent graphic artist, born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I am the seventh child in a family of nine. Zimbabwe is widely known for its unique craftsmanship in the arts, from sculptures, masks, traditional ornaments to music... With his participation in exhibitions worldwide and clients like Nike, Princeton University, Hennessy, Woolworth, Penguin Publishers, Adidas, FIFA...
Christina Månsson
“Each one, teach one.” A little hidden in the CO-OP space of Unseen, the annual photography event in Amsterdam, we find Christine Eyene. With a hugely impressive CV as a critic, curator and an art historian, she is currently based as a research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and a doctoral student at Birkbeck, University of London. She is writing a thesis on South African photographer George Hallett. Eyene has curated international exhibitions as part of numerous biennials including... “Each one, teach one.” A little hidden in the CO-OP space of Unseen, the annual photography event in Amsterdam, we find Christine Eyene. With a hugely...