ZAM Reporter
The winners of the photography contest POPCAP14 depict secluded young mothers, traditional elders, war survivors and children playing in the canals of a diamond mine. The individuals with scars on their faces in Joana Choumalis photographs are all old, which is why her series of portraits is called “The Last Generation”. ‘Writing’ on skin, as ritual scarification is called in Burkina Faso, used to allocate dignity and respect to the scarred person. But the practice is dying out. “This last... The winners of the photography contest POPCAP14 depict secluded young mothers, traditional elders, war survivors and children playing in the canals of a...
Chief Bisong Etahoben
How the people of South West Cameroon resisted sell-out leaders, corrupt politicians and land-grabbing businessmen. For six years, the people and nobles of South West Cameroon have been resisting efforts by local officials and businessmen to sell their land to American palm oil company Herakles. Chief Bisong Etahoben kept a diary. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2008: Chief Agbor Robertson of Okoroba village visits me in Yaounde to tell me that a certain Dr Isidore Nse Timti, a former manager of the Cameroonian... How the people of South West Cameroon resisted sell-out leaders, corrupt politicians and land-grabbing businessmen. For six years, the people and nobles...
Lara Bourdin
Even if blander than the book, 'Half of a Yellow Sun' movie is a gripping tale of sisterhood and war. Since its publication in 2007, Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun has emerged as one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed works of contemporary African literature. Set in Nigeria in the decade starting at independence (in 1960) and including the Biafran war (1967-1970), the novel offers a sweeping portrayal of the ravages the war wrought on families and friendships, humans and... Even if blander than the book, 'Half of a Yellow Sun' movie is a gripping tale of sisterhood and war. Since its publication in 2007, Chimamanda Adichie’s...
Evelyn Groenink
Charity claims that ‘babies’ are snatched away by ‘pimps’ from desperate ‘young girls who are forced into prostitution’ in South Africa. True? The former Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund branch in the Netherlands, now renamed ‘Children’s Fund Mamas’ (Kinderfonds Mamas)(1), is raising funds for adoptive services for babies whose mothers, it says, are ‘young girls’ who are ‘forced into prostitution’ in South Africa. Reason: ‘the pimps take the girls’ babies away when they get pregnant and they... Charity claims that ‘babies’ are snatched away by ‘pimps’ from desperate ‘young girls who are forced into prostitution’ in South Africa. True? The former...
ZAM
Landing a rich sugar daddy has been a way out of poverty for women, and some men, since time immemorial. Very few people have never seen a young woman walking next to, smiling lovingly at, or getting in the car of, a clearly loaded and seemingly unrelated older guy. It is such a cliché precisely because it occurs so often, though the phenomenon is naturally more prevalent in poorer than in more comfortable places. In the Netherlands, most young women nowadays thankfully have many options to secure... Landing a rich sugar daddy has been a way out of poverty for women, and some men, since time immemorial. Very few people have never seen a young woman...
ZAM Reporter
Fourteen investigative journalists from ten African countries have come together to market their stories to international media. A veritable A-team of investigative journalists in West, East and southern Africa have come together to form a publishing collective that plans to knock on the doors of international media. “This is about creating a platform for our investigative stories”, says multi-award winning initiator Idris Akinbajo, from Nigeria. “There is no scarcity of news and opinion about... Fourteen investigative journalists from ten African countries have come together to market their stories to international media. A veritable A-team of...
Evelyn Groenink
What Mandela once tried to tell the Middle East may still inspire the solidarity movement today. It was almost like in the old days of the struggle against apartheid. A mass march in Cape Town against an oppressor whose discourse was racial; who regarded people of a different ethnicity as alien, dangerous and in need of containment. An oppressor who invaded peoples’ living areas with military might; bulldozed their houses; arrested people in the streets, beat them and humiliated them, often in... What Mandela once tried to tell the Middle East may still inspire the solidarity movement today. It was almost like in the old days of the struggle...
KRO-NCRV Reporter Radio and ZAM
Investigative journalists in southern Africa can often not investigate the state, since there isn’t any. The man standing in the thin shade of a traffic sign in the blazing midday sun explains why poaching rhinos is not such a bad thing. “It’s our living. Some people in my village have big and expensive houses because of hunting. Poaching bosses have started trucking and construction companies with the money they made. Some city councillors’ houses and municipal offices have been funded by them.”... Investigative journalists in southern Africa can often not investigate the state, since there isn’t any. The man standing in the thin shade of a traffic...
ZAM
Lumumba's Widow is one of 200 masterpieces in Marlene Dumas new exhibition. The long awaited exhibition of Marlene Dumas has opened in Amsterdam. It is presenting around 200 of her works! We were deeply touched by ‘The Widow’, inspired by a picture of Patrice Lumumba’s widow attending the funeral of her murdered husband. Read about the making of this work here Marlene Dumas is a staunch supporter of ZAM. In 2008, she gave ZAM permission to produce and sell 250 copies of her ‘Portrait of a young... Lumumba's Widow is one of 200 masterpieces in Marlene Dumas new exhibition. The long awaited exhibition of Marlene Dumas has opened in Amsterdam. It is...
KRO-NCRV Reporter Radio and ZAM
Investigative journalists in southern Africa can often not investigate the state, since there isn’t any. The man standing in the thin shade of a traffic sign in the blazing midday sun explains why poaching rhinos is not such a bad thing. “It’s our living. Some people in my village have big and expensive houses because of hunting. Poaching bosses have started trucking and construction companies with the money they made. Some city councillors’ houses and municipal offices have been funded by them.”... Investigative journalists in southern Africa can often not investigate the state, since there isn’t any. The man standing in the thin shade of a traffic...
Barbara Among
A mysterious new illness affects children in Uganda's refugee camps. “We think it’s the life from the camps,” says local council leader Dickens Opar, of Pader district in North Uganda, when asked about the mysterious and devastating ‘nodding disease’ that has affected, at latest count, more than three thousand children in this region of North Uganda. “Or bombs from the insurgency.” Nodding disease, a debilitating form of epilepsy, affects mainly children Nodding disease, a debilitating form of... A mysterious new illness affects children in Uganda's refugee camps. “We think it’s the life from the camps,” says local council leader Dickens Opar, of...
Nnamdi Onyeuma
Nigeria | Investigation in Niger Delta reveals the businessmen behind the kidnappings. The recent kidnap of a group of Nigerian-Dutch visitors, on a mission to help a poor community in the Niger Delta, has brought the oil-rich region back into the international spotlight. And with a twist at that. The commonly held view of a region of downtrodden and disenfranchised people, exploited solely by foreign oil companies, is no longer the whole truth, reports ZAM correspondent Nnamdi Onyeuma. The main... Nigeria | Investigation in Niger Delta reveals the businessmen behind the kidnappings. The recent kidnap of a group of Nigerian-Dutch visitors, on a...
Christina Månsson
Interview | From activist to victim to consultant. Two months ago, on 4 May, Dutch resident and Nigerian anti-big oil activist, ‘Comrade’ Sunny Ofehe was kidnapped in the Niger Delta together with a fellow Nigerian-Dutch camera man and three Dutch supporters. They had visited the creeks of the Delta on the invitation of Sunny Ofehe’s friend, local businessman Berry Negerese, to observe the bad state of a local hospital and support a fundraising campaign to improve it. Whilst travelling the... Interview | From activist to victim to consultant. Two months ago, on 4 May, Dutch resident and Nigerian anti-big oil activist, ‘Comrade’ Sunny Ofehe was...
Sara Chitambo
The World Cup made South Africans realise that the government should impress its own people as well It is a narrow victory, but a victory nonetheless. Half of the people I ask if they would have the – first African – World Cup of 2010 all over again, give me a yes. It made them feel good, they say, it brought people together, white and black, rich and poor, and they would love having such a great experience again. About a third says no, however, and the rest is undecided. For those with doubts, it... The World Cup made South Africans realise that the government should impress its own people as well It is a narrow victory, but a victory nonetheless....
ZAM Reporter
Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposes what should be changed in Ghana. “Six persons died yesterday when a Mercedes Sprinter bus with registration number VR 5044-14 somersaulted several times at Sege on the Tema-Aflao road.” This is written on Anas’ Aremeyaw Anas’ Facebook page: not because he is a traffic news reporter, or because he even knew anybody on that bus, but because his latest crusade is directed at fraudulent driving licenses. After bread production, border control, the department of social welfare... Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposes what should be changed in Ghana. “Six persons died yesterday when a Mercedes Sprinter bus with registration number VR 5044-14...
Bart Luirink
Simon Njami's divine discovery. The African origins are unmistakable, the themes are universal and beauty reigns in Simon Njami's Divine Comedy , the exhibition currently on display in Frankfurt, Germany. Divine Comedy speaks volumes about current debates around what ‘Africa’, or ‘African’, is; about the protests against stereotyping the continent. Courtesy of Yinka Shonibare Here we go again , I think when I overhear two ladies leaving the stalls of the Amsterdam City Theatre, where we have just... Simon Njami's divine discovery. The African origins are unmistakable, the themes are universal and beauty reigns in Simon Njami's Divine Comedy , the...
ZAM
One can’t help feeling sorry for Shell, or other such multinationals, sometimes. There you are, trying to be a good Big Oil company, paying proper salaries and taxes and royalties (well, maybe not enough to the liking of some, but paying a lot nevertheless, especially if you include the bribes) and still they blame you for everything, from pollution to corruption and unemployment and lack of perspectives, not just for the Niger Delta region but for the entire country. Then they vandalise your... One can’t help feeling sorry for Shell, or other such multinationals, sometimes. There you are, trying to be a good Big Oil company, paying proper...
Ibro Ibrahim
The War on Terror in Kenya is fought against Somali citizens and refugees. The rumbling of boots, the forceful knocking on the metallic door and the loud voices of uniformed men woke me up from my sleep; my peaceful night suddenly turned into a battle of explanation. In a matter of seconds, I looked out of the window and noticed that this was a General Service Unit (GSU) operation. The thinking is that whoever detonates a grenade is a Somali terrorist The GSU strikes fear into the hearts of any... The War on Terror in Kenya is fought against Somali citizens and refugees. The rumbling of boots, the forceful knocking on the metallic door and the loud...
ZAM Reporters
Intersecting worlds of beauty, suffering and aspiration One mine worker has draped a Liverpool poster on his wall. Others live under cloth roofs inside a mountain that borders a magnificent lake. Sammy Baloji’s pictures of mining in Kolwezi, DRC, show an almost surreal universe where natural beauty surrounds hard and painful working lives. Baloji (35) was born in the DRC. Though he now lives in Belgium, he regularly travels back to his home country, particularly to the copper, cobalt and... Intersecting worlds of beauty, suffering and aspiration One mine worker has draped a Liverpool poster on his wall. Others live under cloth roofs inside a...
Ramata Soré
Ten years ago, African countries decided to run regular checks on each other’s governance. A small band of idealists now try to save this process from corruption and nepotism. Addis Ababa, 5h20 on 30 January 2014. There are only a few vehicles on the city’s central Bole road. On the sidewalk some girls in short skirts look like they are on their way home from clubbing. Security guards can already be seen in front of the shop windows with colourful jackets, dresses, jeans and skirts. The artificial... Ten years ago, African countries decided to run regular checks on each other’s governance. A small band of idealists now try to save this process from...
Chief Bisong Etahoben
Officially, Cameroon produces only 2004 kilograms of gold per year. Unofficially, it's 180 000. Sixty-something Beteki Andjoun, a miner from the gold-rich region of Kambele in Cameroon, complains bitterly about the Chinese company that ‘treats him like a slave.’ If he had the means, the equipment and the manpower, he would exploit the gold himself, he says. Instead, he rents his mining license out to the Chinese in exchange for fast cash and sells them the gold he digs. On the side of the Chinese... Officially, Cameroon produces only 2004 kilograms of gold per year. Unofficially, it's 180 000. Sixty-something Beteki Andjoun, a miner from the...