Theophilus Abbah
At African Investigative Journalism Conference. Photo by Sanne Terlingen It is cold in Johannesburg, but so refreshing to see old faces. We catch up, exchange banters and briefly summarise our individual experiences in the last one year. Some of us have won journalism awards; some have done new great stories; some have moved to other media. Investigative journalism remains tough, but when you manage to publish and even begin to receive acclaim, it’s all worth it. The keynote was riveting today.... At African Investigative Journalism Conference. Photo by Sanne Terlingen It is cold in Johannesburg, but so refreshing to see old faces. We catch up,...
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Together with Sabine Luning (Leiden University) ZAM editor Bart Luirink discussed recent developments in Burkina Faso and its impact on African autocracies on Dutch Radio 1 on Tuesday 4 November 9h00 PM. Listen here! Together with Sabine Luning (Leiden University) ZAM editor Bart Luirink discussed recent developments in Burkina Faso and its impact on African...
Theophilus Abbah
ZAM’s investigative reporter Theophilus Abbah reports on his second day at the African Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was curious to know how one can use radio to do an investigative story and was therefore happy to listen to Daniel Ohman from Sweden, who showed a smart approach. Having received some classified documents on an illegal weapon factory deal between Sweden and Saudi Arabia, Ohman contacted government officials who signed the documents and recorded... ZAM’s investigative reporter Theophilus Abbah reports on his second day at the African Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa....
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In a mailing to our Chronicle readers we announced that we had three books of America/Nigerian author Teju Cole's new book ‘ Every Day is for the Thief ’ to raffle and we would now like to congratulate the winners. The winners of this giveaway are: Teun de Laat, Els Willems and Marga Vintges. ZAM will send the winners a copy of the book by snail mail. If you don't want to miss future raffles, please like our Facebook and subscribe to the Chronicle newsletter. Read a review ( in Dutch or in English... In a mailing to our Chronicle readers we announced that we had three books of America/Nigerian author Teju Cole's new book ‘ Every Day is for the Thief ’...
Babah Tarawally
Dutch Sierra Leonean Babah Tarawally has lived in fear of the Ebola virus for the past seven months. This is his diary. March 18, 2014 “Patient zero was identified as a two year old boy. He died on December 6, 2013 in Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea. A week after his death his mother died, then his 3-year-old sister, then his grandmother. All had fever, vomiting and diarrhea, but no one knew what had sickened them.” It is an entry on a Facebook page that catches my attention. I know Gueckedou: I... Dutch Sierra Leonean Babah Tarawally has lived in fear of the Ebola virus for the past seven months. This is his diary. March 18, 2014 “Patient zero was...
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Photography, belief and truth merge at LagosPhoto How do unshakable conviction, truth and photography interact? The fifth edition of Nigeria's influential photography festival currently presents the work of forty photographers from Africa and the rest of the world. The motto: ‘Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction.’ Allowing diverse disciplines such as conceptual art, installation and theatre, the creators explore the limits that traditionally define photo-journalism. The results are gripping and... Photography, belief and truth merge at LagosPhoto How do unshakable conviction, truth and photography interact? The fifth edition of Nigeria's...
Lara Bourdin
His art was there, but artist Sammy Baloji was missing at an otherwise spectacular exhibit in London. A travelling case full of fake diamond-studded watches, paintings of city life in Abidjan, masks made of petrol cans and West African textiles bearing the silhouettes of ‘missing’ girls, were part of a spectacular selection of contemporary art at the art fair held in London’s Somerset House. The impressive event was only marred by the absence of Congolese photographer Sammy Baloji , who had not... His art was there, but artist Sammy Baloji was missing at an otherwise spectacular exhibit in London. A travelling case full of fake diamond-studded...
Sara Chitambo and Evelyn Groenink
A survey shows that South African whites are ahead of the Dutch in the ‘blackface’ debate. With the legacy of apartheid still hanging over their heads and generally still a privileged minority, South African whites are often seen as one of the worlds’ more ‘racist’ population groups. But when it comes to the ‘blackface’ debate, they are much more aware of its racial context than, for example, the white population of the Netherlands, where an overwhelming majority still defends the ‘Black Pete’... A survey shows that South African whites are ahead of the Dutch in the ‘blackface’ debate. With the legacy of apartheid still hanging over their heads...
Evelyn Groenink
African investigative journalists navigate unchartered waters, often between rocks and other hard places. African investigative journalists have it rough. Much unloved they are by the powers that be. Not so much because they are sent to jail, or attacked, or killed, though that happens too. No, the biggest and most widespread problem is not being able to actually do your job. For starters, they can close your media house. The Premium Times team in Nigeria faced bankruptcy when the government told... African investigative journalists navigate unchartered waters, often between rocks and other hard places. African investigative journalists have it...
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There is a reason why Babah Tarawally’s mother in Sierra Leone ( read the full story in our ZAM Report ) immediately believed that Ebola was the ‘white man’s virus,’ developed by white scientists to attack ‘poor Africans’. But that reason is not that she is superstitious. Yes, she believes in witchcraft. Many poor people in countries where powerful forces beyond their control continuously affect their lives do. Powerlessness and belief in magic are connected: ask anybody who, desperate to fight... There is a reason why Babah Tarawally’s mother in Sierra Leone ( read the full story in our ZAM Report ) immediately believed that Ebola was the ‘white...
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A new ZAM exhibition was launched during an encounter last Friday of South African filmmakers and producers in the basement of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund. This get-together was organized by ZAM together with Dutch Indies, the South African Documentary Filmmakers Association and Afrovibes . The South African documentary industry has grown substantially over the past two decades of democracy. The attendance of a delegation of makers and producers from this country at the annual International... A new ZAM exhibition was launched during an encounter last Friday of South African filmmakers and producers in the basement of the Dutch Cultural Media...
Anas Aremeyaw Anas with Rosemary Nwaebuni
Journalists went undercover to expose quack doctors who defraud, kill and maim their patients - and to make an urgent appeal to African governments. Quack ‘doctors’ roam free in many African countries. Their victims are those who can’t afford the expensive clinics frequented by the elite, predominantly among them desperate girls and women seeking outlawed abortions. Two investigative journalists, Anas Aremeyaw Anas (Ghana) and Rosemary Nwaebuni (Nigeria) went undercover to expose the quackery... Journalists went undercover to expose quack doctors who defraud, kill and maim their patients - and to make an urgent appeal to African governments....
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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. Muholi visited The Netherlands for the 2014 Prince Claus Prize Ceremony a day later on December 10, attended by the Dutch Royal Family and the Minister of Trade & Aid. Faces and Phases 2006-14 is a powerful collection portraits taken over the past eight years. It's an extensive archive of black lesbians and trans men in South Africa and beyond... 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...
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The special ZAM issue on Nelson Mandela was handed out to all students at Open Schoolgemeenschap Bijlmer , the Netherlands on 10 December. Through the edition the students will learn about Mandela, his legacy and matters related thereto. Besides Open Schoolgemeenschap Bijlmer , also two other schools in Amsterdam Zuidoost received copies. ZAM thanks Mark 't Hart at Graon and the caretakers at OSB for a smooth logistics operation. Click here and here for some impressions of the special edition. You... The special ZAM issue on Nelson Mandela was handed out to all students at Open Schoolgemeenschap Bijlmer , the Netherlands on 10 December. Through the...
Evelyn Groenink
A country starts reflecting on itself Now that Mandela is gone, he is once again with us. It has always been like that. Even in prison, the world and his people only imagined him. Johny Clegg’s song "Asimbonanga' literally means "we have not seen you." After prison, South Africa saw him only for nine years, between his release in 1990 and his retirement as president in 1999, when he said "don’t call me , I'll call you." For the rest, his orphaned nation had to make do with images, words, dreams.... A country starts reflecting on itself Now that Mandela is gone, he is once again with us. It has always been like that. Even in prison, the world and his...
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Nigerian music legend, saxophonist and songwriter Orlando Julius teamed up with UK psychedelic jazz collective the Heliocentrics. On January 31, 2015 they enter the stage of Jazz club BIRD in Rotterdam, the Netherlands during their European tour. Their collaborative album, Jaiyede Afro , which was released in September, is an unlikely combination of classical afrobeat and modern funky jazz. Listen to the joyous album opener "Buje Buje" below. Few artists have been more crucial to the invention and... Nigerian music legend, saxophonist and songwriter Orlando Julius teamed up with UK psychedelic jazz collective the Heliocentrics. On January 31, 2015...
Babah Tarawally
A white journalist goes out to investigate Ebola in Sierra Leone Travelling on an airplane never failed to amaze her. Well, only if she managed to get a seat by the window, which she did on the Brussels Airways Airbus A330. Anja Brink’s curiosity surpassed that of a hawk; that bird of prey that detects its victim from afar and then dives to catch it. She carried the same deep eyes but hers were blue as the sky. As she watched the approach to Lungi from the window of the airplane, she saw school... A white journalist goes out to investigate Ebola in Sierra Leone Travelling on an airplane never failed to amaze her. Well, only if she managed to get a...
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The winners of tickets to the Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics concert are: J. van Kronenburg B. Pijpkes Venue: BIRD in Rotterdam, the Netherlands Date and time: Saturday 31 January. Doors: 20:00, opening act: Convoi Exceptional. Winners are also notified by email. Didn't win this time? Just keep an eye on our website and Facebook , ZAM regularly posts giveaways. Watch‬ video: Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics - Buje Buje. The winners of tickets to the Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics concert are: J. van Kronenburg B. Pijpkes Venue: BIRD in Rotterdam, the Netherlands...
Babah Tarawally
A white journalist goes out to investigate Ebola in Sierra Leone Travelling on an airplane never failed to amaze her. Well, only if she managed to get a seat by the window, which she did on the Brussels Airways Airbus A330. Anja Brink’s curiosity surpassed that of a hawk; that bird of prey that detects its victim from afar and then dives to catch it. She carried the same deep eyes but hers were blue as the sky. As she watched the approach to Lungi from the window of the airplane, she saw school... A white journalist goes out to investigate Ebola in Sierra Leone Travelling on an airplane never failed to amaze her. Well, only if she managed to get a...
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“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” It was said by author Anais Nin in mid-sixties France, but it serves well as a motto for Hillie de Rooij’s photographs which are, ostensibly, all about Africa. Or are they? De Rooij plays, she says, with the expectations and frames of the viewer when it comes to images of ‘Africa’. “Part of my family is Namibian and I often spent time there when I was a child. I was always surprised at the confusion with which fellow ‘Western’ people... “We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” It was said by author Anais Nin in mid-sixties France, but it serves well as a motto for Hillie...