Cows, Dutch & Dance

Blog / By ZAM

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?


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 his departure from Kenya and meeting his first love. ’Toilet Training’ tells a story of toilet divisions for blacks and whites. Lastly, ‘The Language of One’ touches upon the role of women in society. Here is this cat looking for the strongest and smartest creature to be friends with. After courting several animals from a monkey to a elephant, the cat comes across a man who shoots his new animal friends. Is it only a woman that can silence the guns used by men, he wonders?  Women are the strongest and smartest living beings on earth, the cat concludes.


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.


Every now and then, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the famous undercover journalist from Ghana, got a bit cross during his ZAM-invited visit to the Netherlands last week. “I want to ask: who made these rules,” he countered when ethical questions around ‘going undercover’ were raised during a debating evening in Amsterdam event venue De Zwijger. “We are talking about my society, Ghana. In my society we expose injustice in this way. You had your social struggles here in Holland- let us have ours.”


Nigerian music legend, saxophonist and songwriter Orlando Julius teamed up with UK psychedelic jazz collective the Heliocentrics and on 31 January, they enter the stage of Jazz club BIRD in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Few artists have been more crucial to the invention and development of Afrobeat than Julius; he was one of the first to start fusing African influences with American R&B and soul in the 1960'. 


Many people attended the Amsterdam launch of Zanele Muholi's book Faces and Phases on Tuesday 9 December, a last-minute-ZAM Newsroom organised in five days.


Our man in Johannesburg

Blog / By Theophilus Abbah

Investigative reporter Theophilus Abbah, editor of the Nigerian Sunday Trust, is in Johannesburg at the African Investigative Journalism Conference. This is his blog.