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On the 17th of August 1982 the South African freedom fighter, journalist and scholar Ruth First was assassinated by a parcel bomb sent to her by apartheid dead squads. Thirty-five years later, First is remembered as a courageous and stubborn activist against white supremacy and male domination. She was a defendant in the Treason Trial of 1956 – 1961 alongside 156 other leading anti-partheid activists who were key figures in the South African Congress Alliance. First was listed and banned during the... On the 17th of August 1982 the South African freedom fighter, journalist and scholar Ruth First was assassinated by a parcel bomb sent to her by...
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With photography from the Inkanyiso Collective, the Amsterdam No Man's Art Gallery honours the courage of South African LGBT activists and mourns the lives of so many fallen heroes. “Where you feel pride, we feel tears,” Zanele Muholi said at the opening of Pride & Loss, ​​photography by the members of the Johannesburg based Inkanysio Collective. It was two days before hundreds of thousands celebrated the annual Pride and canal parade. “I need you to organise an exhibition,” the South African... With photography from the Inkanyiso Collective, the Amsterdam No Man's Art Gallery honours the courage of South African LGBT activists and mourns the...
Ayϙ Adéné
On Saturday the 29th of July 2017 the Nigerian police arrested 42 LGBT persons at a party in Owode Onirin in Lagos State. On a picture in one of the local newspapers that covered the story Ayϙ Adéné recognized a friend he had met ten years ago. That’s Michael. Splashed on the front page of the dailies, he's the first in a queue of 42 gay men who were arrested by the police in Nigeria this week. White singlet. White, like the long white garment that flowed to his ankles when I saw him. Almost ten... On Saturday the 29th of July 2017 the Nigerian police arrested 42 LGBT persons at a party in Owode Onirin in Lagos State. On a picture in one of the...
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This year's Afrovibes trade mark logo is designed by illustrator, photographer and art director Modise 'Blackdice' Sepeng from Alexandra, Johannesburg. As he writes in his bio his works 'simplistically adapts liberation heroes like Steve Biko and Madiba to current con texts of cool.' Modise says his works “look like a post-colonial coat style, and a mash up of Pan-Africanism and punk rock fused with pop art and hip-hop. (It) reflects on the transitional process of South Africans and the need to... This year's Afrovibes trade mark logo is designed by illustrator, photographer and art director Modise 'Blackdice' Sepeng from Alexandra, Johannesburg....
Evelyn Groenink and Bart Luirink
Siba Nkumbi and her South African friends, members of Zanele Muholi's crew, don’t doubt it: the airbnb owner who pushed Nkumbi down the stairs in Amsterdam on Saturday July 8th is a racist. Immediately, social media are full of denial. The women “judge too quickly.” They were in the wrong because they checked out late. It could just as well have been a white woman. The latter however is very unlikely. Because this is exactly what it is about racism: that apparently impulsive action -in this case... Siba Nkumbi and her South African friends, members of Zanele Muholi's crew, don’t doubt it: the airbnb owner who pushed Nkumbi down the stairs in...
Bart Luirink
Last Friday's opening of Zanele Muholi's exhibition at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum saw hundreds of art lovers and friends of the South African 'visual activist' attending the ceremony. Next to observing Muholi’s amazing works, the crowd also witnessed impressive performances by members of Muholi's ‘Analyzer’ crew and Phila Mbanjwa. Shrouded in a South African flag, Muholi thanked the museum for making her 'coming out again.’ In her opening speech she underlined the motives behind her work, which... Last Friday's opening of Zanele Muholi's exhibition at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum saw hundreds of art lovers and friends of the South African 'visual...
Muno Gedi
A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “I wake up every day ready to fight to survive” The Shebelle river flows into Somalia from Ethiopia, through the regional capital Beledweyne further into the Hiran region, down to Buluboorde and beyond. Many farmers tend crops of maize, wheat, millet and peas on the land alongside it. But the cattle in the area need food too, and often herders allow them to feed on the green saplings, which the farmers can’t allow. As... A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “I wake up every day ready to fight to survive” The Shebelle river flows...
Benon Herbert Oluka
A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective The mini-arms races of the Karamoja Sitting on his three-legged stool at a watering point in Naput village in Moroto district, not too far from the Uganda-Kenya border, Moruita Lukotomoi says he once killed three men. “They had come to steal our cows, but we fought them and kept our cattle safe.” That was in the early 1990s. But nowadays, after a period in which the Ugandan army disarmed the Karamojong cattle herding... A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective The mini-arms races of the Karamoja Sitting on his three-legged stool at...
Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Ohemeng Tawiah
A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective "We are in a national security crisis." The road to Empaemu in Kwahu East district in Ghana has narrowed so that only motorbikes can pass. Ruins of homes made of mud and bricks have been washed away with no sign of their owners. A basic school which used to boast of over 200 pupils houses only rodents now. Nana Kwaku Ansong (58), traditional ruler of Empaemu and his subjects have become refugees in their own lands.... A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective "We are in a national security crisis." The road to Empaemu in Kwahu...
Theophilus Abbah
A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “Lack of clear authority” left the time bomb ticking since the 1950s BENUE STATE, NIGERIA, February 2017 70-year-old Chief Godwin Onah, the paramount ruler of Agatu in Benue State, talks of the destruction of both his palace and his community. “I’ve been homeless for three years now. I live with friends.” Nostalgically recalling the olden days when “my father and nomadic Fulani herdsmen exchanged mangoes in the farms,”... A transnational investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “Lack of clear authority” left the time bomb ticking since the 1950s...
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A team of five reporters criss-crossed through West and East Africa on the trail of the herdsmen. Theophilus Abbah visited razed farms, a displaced persons camp, was present at a hopeful peace meeting at a traditional leader’s palace in Zamfara in Nigeria’s north, and visited destroyed communities and homeless Chiefs in Benue state in the south. Muno Gedi travelled all over the drought-stricken Hiran region in Somalia from Buuloburde to Mahasi district to find that herdsmen and farmer clashes are... A team of five reporters criss-crossed through West and East Africa on the trail of the herdsmen. Theophilus Abbah visited razed farms, a displaced...
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NIGERIA Theophilus Abbah is the managing editor of the Nigerian Daily Trust and an award-winning investigative journalist of over twenty years experience. He has won FAIR’s pan-African Editor's Courage Award and was a finalist in the international Daniel Pearl as well as the Nigerian Wole Soyinka investigative journalism awards. He was a Bloomberg/Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) Media Fellow and participated in the “Pirates, plunderers and corrupt tycoons” transnational investigation... NIGERIA Theophilus Abbah is the managing editor of the Nigerian Daily Trust and an award-winning investigative journalist of over twenty years...
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A selection of articles that were published in partnerschip with the ZAM/AIPC network LATEST partnerships: Co-publications on 'Greener Pastures': South Africa's City Press: www.pressreader.com/south-africa/citypress/20170625/281947427856155 Ghana's New Crusading Guide: http://bit.ly/2u4fhGK ​Uganda's Observer: www.documentcloud.org/documents/3891446-Page-32.html Co-Publications and collaborations on 'How Aid Helps the Rich get Richer': South Africa's City Press:... A selection of articles that were published in partnerschip with the ZAM/AIPC network LATEST partnerships: Co-publications on 'Greener Pastures': South...
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The AIPC got quite a bit of publicity from the release of its first investigation of 2017. Was the 2016 series already successful, with worldwide mentions and two chapters in a soon-to-be-released US-made reference book about African investigative journalism, the 2017 series is being co-published by respected media houses in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya. A range of investigative journalism and development aid experts have commented on and retweeted the... The AIPC got quite a bit of publicity from the release of its first investigation of 2017. Was the 2016 series already successful, with worldwide...
Benon Herbert Oluka
A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective Uganda chapter Gulu Thursday February 16, 2017, 8 pm Outside Peyero bar on Gulu Municipality’s Langara road in north Uganda is a car which, by the last letter on its licence plate, belongs to State House, the official residence of the president. Upon inquiring I learn that both the bar and the car belong to Harriet Aber, the ‘social friend’ as she was called during... A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective Uganda chapter Gulu...
Chief Bisong Etahoben
A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective Cameroon chapter Bamenda, February 2017 “There were trees there,” says Patience Ndifor of the Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) which receives funding from Germany, over the phone. “We planted them right there, in Nkwen, 2000 of them. To counter creeping desertification. But the farming women from the area came and... A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective Cameroon chapter...
Ken Opala
A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective Kenya chapter Nairobi, March 2017 They had come, way back in the year 2000, to promise Lucianna Wanjiku, 58, that her mud shack in Soweto settlement in Kibera, Nairobi, -often called ‘the greatest slum on earth- would be rehabilitated. She would get a title deed to the piece of land on which her single-room was built, the government men had said. She had forked out... A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective Kenya chapter...
Selay Kouassi
A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective Ivory Coast chapter “You won’t find anyone talking to you about these programmes,” says Amadi Sidiné, whose shop alongside the main road in Duékoué, among the street’s many vegetable stalls, sells everything from cans of tomatoes to light bulbs. “You can’t overcome this feeling of fear.” Duékoué is the main town in Ivory Coast’s war-damaged western region earmarked... A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective Ivory Coast chapter...
Francis Mbala and Eric Mwamba
A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective DRC chapter KATUBA LUBUMBASHI, April 2017 At 43, ‘Maman’ Kalunga, as her relatives call her, is worried about the education of her children of 6 and 12 years old. It is not easy to feed, clothe and educate kids when you are poor and live on the crossroads of 17 Street and Sakania Avenue in Katuba, Lubumbashi in Katanga province in the south of the Democratic Republic... A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective DRC chapter KATUBA...
Benon Herbert Oluka, Chief Bisong Etahoben, Francis Mbala, Eric Mwamba, Selay Kouassi, Ken Opala
A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “I won’t complain. They can kill my children with witchcraft.” Donor- funded development programmes in five extremely poor regions -of which two post-conflict- in Africa have benefited mainly the rich. An African Investigative Publishing Collective team that went on the ground in north Uganda (post Joseph Kony), Kinshasa in the DRC, Kibera township in Nairobi, western... A transnational investigation in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC by the African Investigative Publishing Collective “I won’t complain....
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African investigative journalists and development aid workers from the West who work on the continent are strange bedfellows. Both groups feel sadness and outrage when they see Africans starve, work under inhuman conditions, or don’t have access to medicines when sick. Both often work together, for example in protest against polluting multinationals that evade tax, or pharmaceuticals that prioritise ‘western’ diseases in their research. Both want the best for suffering communities. But with being... African investigative journalists and development aid workers from the West who work on the continent are strange bedfellows. Both groups feel sadness...