We were there: an evening with Ogutu Muraya, a Kenyan writer, theatre maker and storyteller. On Thursday the 9th of July, 2015, Muraya gave a performance at the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development in Amsterdam, as part of its ‘Cultural Defiance’ event series. Most of his stories are based on true events driven by the past, living memories about cultural, social and political events in Kenya and the region. Muraya shared three stories with the audience. In ‘Nobody Knows My Name’ he recalls his departure from Kenya and meeting his first love. ’Toilet Training’ tells a story of toilet divisions for blacks and whites. Lastly, ‘The Language of One’ touches upon the role of women in society. Here is this cat looking for the strongest and smartest creature to be friends with. After courting several animals from a monkey to a elephant, the cat comes across a man who shoots his new animal friends. Is it only a woman that can silence the guns used by men, he wonders? Women are the strongest and smartest living beings on earth, the cat concludes.
Celebrating his achievements, continuing his struggle.
Film posters for the film Multiverse: Ghana by Juul van der Laan arrived. This film is a creative exploration of science in Ghana. A journey into ambition, unconventional methodology and determination.
Every now and then, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the famous undercover journalist from Ghana, got a bit cross during his ZAM-invited visit to the Netherlands last week. “I want to ask: who made these rules,” he countered when ethical questions around ‘going undercover’ were raised during a debating evening in Amsterdam event venue De Zwijger. “We are talking about my society, Ghana. In my society we expose injustice in this way. You had your social struggles here in Holland- let us have ours.”
Former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs, writer Antjie Krog and students at the opening of the Signs of Solidarity exhibition at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.
On wednesday 11 February 2015 it's 25 years ago Nelson Mandela was released from prison. After 27 years on Robben Island and in Victor Verster Prison, he continued his long walk to freedom: special edition about Mandela
Conratulations to the winners of tickets to the Orlando Julius with Heliocentrics concert at BIRD in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Nigerian music legend, saxophonist and songwriter Orlando Julius teamed up with UK psychedelic jazz collective the Heliocentrics and on 31 January, they enter the stage of Jazz club BIRD in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Few artists have been more crucial to the invention and development of Afrobeat than Julius; he was one of the first to start fusing African influences with American R&B and soul in the 1960'.
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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 more about Mandela, his legacy and related matters. Besides Open Schoolgemeenschap Bijlmer, two other schools in Amsterdam Zuidoost also received copies.
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.
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.
In a mailing to our Chronicle newsletter readers we announced that we had 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.
ZAM’s investigative reporter Theophilus Abbah reports on his second day at the African Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Investigative reporter Theophilus Abbah, editor of the Nigerian Sunday Trust, is in Johannesburg at the African Investigative Journalism Conference. This is his blog.
ZAM Special sold out at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. New package ready for delivery!
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 Mohamed’s work on this here and here.