Francis Mbala
Francis Mbala was investigating treatment facilities for malaria patients in Kinshasa. It got him arrested. The University Clinics in Kinshasa, the CUK, do not form an integral part of my investigation into the spending of hundreds of millions of donated dollars meant to fight malaria in my country, the DRC. The CUK is not a beneficiary of those specific funds. It is, however, a very well-known academic health facility in Kinshasa and I had chosen this place to compare their treatment of malaria... Francis Mbala was investigating treatment facilities for malaria patients in Kinshasa. It got him arrested. The University Clinics in Kinshasa, the CUK,...
Karimatu Anas
A forced ‘child marriage’ threatened seventeen-year old Ghanaian Felicia Anongo’s pursuit of education. Or did it? When a couple of teenage girls reported a case of forced ‘child marriage’ they had come across, I put my other work on hold and took off to Nimpu village, eight hours by car from Accra, to see if something could be done to rescue 17-year old Felicia Anongo. But the story I found was different. It made me wonder why, amid the worldwide focus on the plight of the child in ‘forced... A forced ‘child marriage’ threatened seventeen-year old Ghanaian Felicia Anongo’s pursuit of education. Or did it? When a couple of teenage girls...
Selase Kove-Seyram
A Ghanaian photographer joined the hunt for a ‘most wanted’ pirate fishing ship Crime, exploitation, fish poaching and other forms of piracy pervade the high seas. Ghanaian photographer Selase Kove-Seyram joined a New York Times reporting project on this and found himself chasing a mammoth pirate fishing ship on rather wobbly legs. Standing on the deck of a 400-foot ship, hundreds of miles from the West African coast in the South Atlantic Ocean, I looked over at Ian Urbina, the New York Times... A Ghanaian photographer joined the hunt for a ‘most wanted’ pirate fishing ship Crime, exploitation, fish poaching and other forms of piracy pervade the...
ZAM Reporter
80 years after publication the Buganda court historian’s book has finally been illustrated {gallery}stultiens2{/gallery} During one of her quests through Ugandan family collections of photographs, books, manuscripts and other documents, Dutch curator and artist Andrea Stultiens made a remarkable discovery. Amid the papers left behind by Ham Mukasa (1868–1956), a chief and historian in the court of King Mutesa I of Buganda (in present day Uganda), was a list of descriptions for graphics meant to... 80 years after publication the Buganda court historian’s book has finally been illustrated {gallery}stultiens2{/gallery} During one of her quests through...
Gökçe Akyüz
A wide variety of movies from Jamaica to Uganda and South Africa to Japan. Directors and Q & A’s. Open air screenings. And nine movies from nine different countries competing for the World Cinema Jury Award . That is this year's World Cinema Festival in Amsterdam. Images: Stills from Necktie Youth Human life is the central theme in many productions. Take Necktie Youth , a movie from South Africa. We meet youngsters from Sandton, one of the wealthier areas in the country. They have very little to... A wide variety of movies from Jamaica to Uganda and South Africa to Japan. Directors and Q & A’s. Open air screenings. And nine movies from nine...
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Photos by Hans Mooren Photos by Hans Mooren View the embedded image gallery online at: https://zammagazine.com/arts?start=399#sigProIdfb36b7b884 Photos by Hans Mooren Photos by Hans Mooren View the embedded image gallery online at: https://zammagazine.com/arts?start=399#sigProIdfb36b7b884
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Our friends at the amazing Contemporary And (C&) website interviewed young South African artist Lebohang Kganye about her special relation to her grandfather, the idea of performance and being born after 1989 in Johannesburg. Read the whole story at www.contemporaryand.com/magazines/stories-about-my-granddad/ Our friends at the amazing Contemporary And (C&) website interviewed young South African artist Lebohang Kganye about her special relation to her...
Gökçe Akyüz
We are at the West India House, the former headquarters of the Dutch West India Company notoriously known for its history of slave trade. Colonialism and slavery are the themes of the recently launched Black Amsterdam Heritage Tours founded by Jennifer Tosch. So it’s the proper place to gather for a tour with 35 participants on July 16, 2015, organized by the ZAM team as a gesture of appreciation to all volunteers, partners and friends of the movement. Initially, Tosch came to Amsterdam for a... We are at the West India House, the former headquarters of the Dutch West India Company notoriously known for its history of slave trade. Colonialism and...
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Finally, The Netherlands launched its own edition of the International Nelson Mandela Day. Last Saturday, July 18, 2015, the Amsterdam based Kwaku Summer Festival was the meeting point for Mandela friends and admirers. ZAM, the South African Embassy , Afrovibes , South African Tourism , Maandblad Zuid-Afrika and, last but not least, the local ‘Samen door Mandela’ initiative gathered at a special pavilion. The audience was entertained by speakers, musicians (Berita! Tutu Poane!), poets (Diana... Finally, The Netherlands launched its own edition of the International Nelson Mandela Day. Last Saturday, July 18, 2015, the Amsterdam based Kwaku Summer...
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In the past two months, Isabelle Dusabe worked with the ZAM team in Amsterdam. Living in Belgium from Rwandan descent, Dusabe joined ZAM in order to improve her Dutch. Why? We don’t know but Isabelle says it might improve her chances of getting a job in Belgium. However, Dusabe’s real passion is dance. Something that can do without language, can’t it? 'I love dance with a capital D. When I was young and living in Rwanda it started with hiphop, house, Jamaican dancehall and modern jazz. Then the... In the past two months, Isabelle Dusabe worked with the ZAM team in Amsterdam. Living in Belgium from Rwandan descent, Dusabe joined ZAM in order to...
Gökçe Akyüz
We were there: an evening with Ogutu Muraya, a Kenyan writer, theatre maker and storyteller. On Thursday the 9th of July, 2015, Muraya gave a performance at the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development in Amsterdam, as part of its ‘Cultural Defiance’ event series. Most of his stories are based on true events driven by the past, living memories about cultural, social and political events in Kenya and the region. Muraya shared three stories with the audience. In ‘Nobody Knows My Name’ he recalls... We were there: an evening with Ogutu Muraya, a Kenyan writer, theatre maker and storyteller. On Thursday the 9th of July, 2015, Muraya gave a performance...
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Celebrating his achievements, continuing his struggle On Saturday 18 July people worldwide will join in Mandela Day activities. They volunteer in social movements and participate in good causes for at least 67 minutes. This number is based on the years Mandela spent on activism, freedom struggle and statesmanship. International Mandela Day was launched five years ago with the support of the United Nations. For the first time, the celebration of Mandela Day will now be held in The Netherlands and... Celebrating his achievements, continuing his struggle On Saturday 18 July people worldwide will join in Mandela Day activities. They volunteer in social...
Cornelia Knoll
Brothers in photography, Hasan and Husain Essop, unveil the shadows of Cape Town’s past and present {gallery}HasanHusainEssop{/gallery} Muslims in South Africa’s Cape province, descendants from the dissenters and slaves trafficked there from the Indian Ocean Islands by the Dutch East India Company, are often labelled as Cape Town’s picturesque others. Not in the pictures of Hasan and Husain Essop (1985, Cape Town). The Essop brothers move beyond the expected and play with fixed notions of place and... Brothers in photography, Hasan and Husain Essop, unveil the shadows of Cape Town’s past and present {gallery}HasanHusainEssop{/gallery} Muslims in South...
Intagrist el Ansari
The French anti-jihadist forces’ new romance with Touareg rebels in the north is making Mali’s government very unhappy. When French President François Hollande visited Timbuktu in 2013 after Operation Serval, -in which a French-led western force liberated the northern Mali region from a repressive jihadist regime-, he was applauded and cheered in the streets. At a festive ceremony in the city’s main square the grateful Malian people also presented him with a lavishly dressed camel. But that... The French anti-jihadist forces’ new romance with Touareg rebels in the north is making Mali’s government very unhappy. When French President François...
Shaun Raviv
This is a summarised and edited version of a (highly recommended) full long-read, first published on ‘The Big Round Table’. Read it HERE . In the early 2000’s, two serial killers roamed Swaziland. Only one of them was human. In mid-March of 2001, twenty-six-year-old Samantha Kgasi-Ngobese disappeared. She had planned to travel to Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, to apply for a job at the High Court. Samantha had a law degree from the University of Swaziland and was hoping to use it. But at the... This is a summarised and edited version of a (highly recommended) full long-read, first published on ‘The Big Round Table’. Read it HERE . In the early...
Bart Luirink
An exploration of power, the fear it generates and love in all its magical, addictive forms. Exclusive excerpt. William Mawolo is sent to a small remote Liberian border town with a clandestine agenda: to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the paramount chief Tetese. The townspeople however are far from happy about his presence, and matters are complicated by Mawolo’s attachment to the missing chief’s daughter Makemeh; who is unconcerned about her missing father. Presented as ‘crime... An exploration of power, the fear it generates and love in all its magical, addictive forms. Exclusive excerpt. William Mawolo is sent to a small remote...
ZAM reporter
ZAM starts seven African-European transnational investigations Whether it's diamonds or development aid, human trafficking or voluntary migration, billion-dollar arms deals or terrorism, Africa and Europe increasingly deal with the same global issues. Media reports, views, observations and data used for international decision making, however, have been traditionally skewed towards more 'European' than African input. Seven transnational investigations by teams of African and European investigative... ZAM starts seven African-European transnational investigations Whether it's diamonds or development aid, human trafficking or voluntary migration,...
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{gallery}multiversepartners{/gallery} Film posters for the film Multiverse: Ghana by Juul van der Laan arrived. This film is a creative exploration of science in Ghana. A journey into ambition, unconventional methodology and determination. The world premiere will take place on Wednesday 24 june 2015 at De Balie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event is co-organized by De Balie and ZAM with support by NWO-WOTRO. Find more info about the premiere on ZAM event page . {gallery}multiversepartners{/gallery} Film posters for the film Multiverse: Ghana by Juul van der Laan arrived. This film is a creative exploration of...
Ignatius Ssuuna
Assassinations and thug rule underpin president’s third term bid in Burundi The people of Gitega street in Bujumbura all talk in a whisper. Violence hasn’t erupted yet in this middle class neighbourhood, but life is certainly not normal. “People disappear without trace. Guns are being distributed to civilians,” says Athanase Nirorera, a mechanic, who lives in one of the houses here. His neighbour, teacher Dieudonné Bigirimana, won’t tell me who he supports, the President or the opposition, only... Assassinations and thug rule underpin president’s third term bid in Burundi The people of Gitega street in Bujumbura all talk in a whisper. Violence...
Bart Luirink
Images that won this years’ Contemporary African Photography Prize are full of gaps and wonder The best story a photographer can tell lies in images that still leave something to guess and stimulate the imagination. Four years ago, French photographer Romaric Tisserand (1974, Toulouse) found six rolls of negatives on a street in Lisbon. He printed one-hundred-and-sixty-six of the images. Together, fitted in colourful frames, they have become ‘Ultramar, the story of the Empire Travel Club.’ They... Images that won this years’ Contemporary African Photography Prize are full of gaps and wonder The best story a photographer can tell lies in images that...
Tshireletso Motlogelwa
Behind Botswana’s happy and prosperous image lie some disconcerting truths When, in January, the website of investigative weekly Mmegi went blank for a week, editor Ntibinyane Ntibinyane didn’t hesitate before he accused the country’s Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) of hacking. After all, his newspaper routinely ‘follows the money’ in diamond-rich Botswana and a number of incidents last year had made two things increasingly clear: one, that many in the ruling elite didn’t appreciate... Behind Botswana’s happy and prosperous image lie some disconcerting truths When, in January, the website of investigative weekly Mmegi went blank for a...