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...
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....
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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
It’s always nice when a new initiative is warmly greeted, but the way our focus group (of publishers, photographers, journalists, fellow media and general acquaintances) responded to the trial issue of ZAM Chronicle was beyond expectation. Meant as no more than a first taste of our plans, and sent to only 150 close individual partners and friends, articles from The ZAM Chronicle 0 were positively reviewed and even reproduced by such diverse entities as an agricultural institute, a corruption... It’s always nice when a new initiative is warmly greeted, but the way our focus group (of publishers, photographers, journalists, fellow media and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Bart Luirink
On Saturday 1 November 2014 members of the ZAM promotional team will be present at the annual Afrika Dag (Africa Day) of the Evert Vermeer Stichting in Amsterdam. More than 800 participants are expected and receive this new, intriguing postcard from ZAM. On Saturday 1 November 2014 members of the ZAM promotional team will be present at the annual Afrika Dag (Africa Day) of the Evert Vermeer Stichting in...
Bart Luirink
Production started! The feature 'How do you want me to look?', published in the ZAM Commemmorative Issue about Nelson Mandela, will be turned into a small exhibition. The exhibition will contain of portraits of Mandela by Dutch photographers Kadir van Lohuizen, Daniel Koning and Sander Veenemann. To be launched at Arti, the HQ of South African documentary filmmakers at IDFA. Production started! The feature 'How do you want me to look?', published in the ZAM Commemmorative Issue about Nelson Mandela, will be turned into a...
Evelyn Groenink
In the aftermath of a seminar about African investigative journalism held in Amsterdam, Tobore Ovuorie and Kassim Mohamed visited ZAM. Both are acclaimed for their daring work and we were in awe listening to Kassim about his undercover work amid armed gangs in Nairobi and his investigation into the smuggling of small arms in the East African region. The world was outraged and saddened by the terrorist attack on the Nairobi Westgate shopping mall last year, but how did the arms enter Kenya? Check... In the aftermath of a seminar about African investigative journalism held in Amsterdam, Tobore Ovuorie and Kassim Mohamed visited ZAM. Both are acclaimed...
ZAM Reporter
ZAM Special sold out at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. New package ready for delivery! ZAM Special sold out at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. New package ready for delivery!
Abjata Khalif
Kenya | Traditional families in ‘little Mogadishu’ reform their ‘westernised’ children by force. A moral majority campaign is sweeping through ‘little Mogadishu’, the Somali district of Eastleigh in Nairobi, Kenya. Families force girls to wear hijab and get circumcised; boys get beaten until they at least renounce the ‘evil spirits’ that led them either to crime, drugs or same-sex relationships. Even Somali families based in the West send ‘wayward’ children home to be forcibly ‘returned to the... Kenya | Traditional families in ‘little Mogadishu’ reform their ‘westernised’ children by force. A moral majority campaign is sweeping through ‘little...