Inside the illicit trade in West Africa’s oldest artworks

Blog / By Lutz Mükke and Adie Vanessa Offiong / Africa Vagabonds

Nok terracottas are proof that an ancient civilisation once existed in Nigeria. Now they are at the centre of a multi-million dollar, globe-spanning underground industry. Nigeria loses out.


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The #Jerusalemadancechallenge will enter history as the global COVID-19 crisis’ unprecedented, contemporary African-inspired symbol of hope. Yet the Angolan origins of this viral trend, and the reason behind Jerusalema’s explosive popularity, are barely touched upon by the international media.


Why are Africans not dying?

Blog / By Rasna Warah

If the coronavirus has taught us anything, it is that not even a pandemic can erase the inherent racism in the Western media and in humanitarian organisations.


Observing the largest gathering of black people I had ever seen in Amsterdam, I realised that their pain was familiar, yet we knew so little of each other, separated not just by geography and language, but also by a suppression of our stories.


Book Review | The Old Drift

Blog / By Wim Reimert

From Namwanli Serpell's novel emerges a Zambia that is vibrant, energetic and full of life. But it is certainly not a paradise.


The documentary Lamentations of Judas, shot in Pomfret, South Africa, was recently nominated for one of the Dutch 'Oscars', the Gouden Kalf. Bram Posthumus recalls the story of Angolan mercenaries fighting on their own in a Cold War era.


Sinds de uitbraak van Covid 19 werden mensen zich ervan bewust 'dat het individualisme weliswaar had gefunctioneerd voor hen in tijden van stabiliteit, maar dat het hen nergens zou brengen in tijden van stress. Ze hadden elkaar nodig', schrijft Sisonke Msimang in een essay dat verschijnt ter gelegenheid van de expositie A Fair Share of Utopia.


Essay | Consume less, love more

Blog / By Sisonke Msimang

Since the Covid 19 pandemic people have realised that 'while individualism had worked for them in times of stability, it would get them nowhere in times of stress. They needed one another.', writes Sisonke Msimang in an essay for the exhibition ‘A Fair Share of Utopia’.