1. Image: Tsoku Maela, WHAT IS URS IS MINE, from the series Be Glad U R Free

    BE GLAD U R FREE

    Blog / By Tsoku Maela

    An old man with 9 fingers and twelve toes once told me a story while we shared a blanket and an oil lamp at a pastoral congregation one night. 

    11/07/2019

  2. Mugabe Was Not A Revolutionary

    Mugabe Was Not A Revolutionary

    Chronicle #41 / By Melusi Nkomo

    In the future, when history is written about Robert Mugabe, it will not be about a black man raised by a single mother, who defied all odds in racially segregated Southern Rhodesia to pursue an education at the highest levels. Neither will it be a history of an articulate black African teacher-turned-politician who spent around a decade in prison for challenging white colonial racism and working for the betterment of black Zimbabweans. It will be for the four decades that Robert Mugabe was at the helm of power in post-colonial Zimbabwe, in which his rule was anything but admirable.

    17/09/2019

  3. Binyavanga Wainaina, photographed by Victor Dlamini for The JRB.

    Essay | How to read about Africa

    Chronicle #41 / By Wim Bossema

    On 21 May 2019 after suffering a stroke, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina (48) passed away. On Thursday 24th October, 2019, a celebration of his life and works will be held at Studio ZAM. Guests will focus on two of his brilliant essays: ‘How to Write About Africa’, about the framing of ‘Africa’ in Western media, and ‘I Am a Homosexual, Mom.’

    As a kick-off for that meeting Dutch journalist Wim Bossema, who has been writing on ‘anything African’ since 1980, mainly for the Dutch daily de Volkskrant, shifts his focus from writing to reading.

    02/09/2019

  4. The Associates | How We Did It

    The Associates | How We Did It

    Chronicle #40 / By Evelyn Groenink

    Our researchers intimidated and detained, whistleblowers killed in suspect car accidents, legal threats and numerous ‘no comments.’ 

    05/06/2019

  5. Photograph: Rien de Jager

    Troubled Waters

    Blog / By ZAM Reporter

    The Amsterdam canals are once more a site of memory. The Black Heritage Tours and Afrovibes explore the history of colonialism and slavery.

    05/06/2019

  1. Nontsikelelo Velelo, Screamblacklips, from selfportrait (2005).

    Thank you, Nontsikelelo Veleko!

    Blog / By ZAM Reporter

    South African photographer Nontsikelelo Veleko has given one of her images to ZAM as a gesture of appreciation for our work.

    14/05/2019

  2. Spread from Côte d’Ivoire (1967) by French photographer Roger Espinat

    Q&A | Africa in the Photobook

    Blog / By Oliver Barstow

    For five years, Ben Krewinkel has been building an ever growing collection of 20th century African photobooks. The 500 to 550 titles in his possession reflect the changing visual representation of the continent. Krewinkel’s collection is visible online; he is also working on a book.

    26/03/2019

  3. Image from the series Train Church by Santu Mofokeng.

    Santu Mofokeng: storyteller

    Blog / By Laurens Nijzink

    “It took me less than half a minute to feel blown away by Mofokeng’s photo’s”, writes Laurens Nijzink.

    26/03/2019