From Yaounde with fire

I was recently invited to a cultural week in Yaoundé, organized by the Goethe Institut Cameroun and curated by Princess Marylin Douala, Nontobeko Ntobela ans Rose Jepkorir to facilitate workshops with students from Lycée Bilingue de Mendong with students aged between 15 and 19 years old on the topic of colonization, especially German colonization. I chose to work from a futuristic angle to deal with The Burden Of Memory. All I did was listen to the youth, encourage them, share with them a few performance techniques and work a bit on their costumes. The poems they created in a space of three days is the result of their imagination. Kudos guys!! You’re amazing. Here’s a quick rough edit to give you an idea about the experience.

I’m very thankful to the people of Yaoundé, facilitators, technicians, organizers and participants.

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From Weimar with a bulb

19th – 21st June 2019 is going to be a time to remember in the history of global conversations on culture. More than 70 nationalities gathered in a cultural symposium, organized by the Goethe Institut, to reflect, discuss, present and experiment on the future of us in terms of culture, politics, economy, and all other aspects of life that we can imagine. Continue reading “From Weimar with a bulb”

From Bagamoyo, with so much soul

A week ago I learned a new word – Bagamoyo. It means “where you leave your soul.” Yesterday I toured was in Bagamoyo and had the priviledge of touring the small town that served as a slave port for slaves rounded across the East Coast of Africa by slave traders and colonial powers. From Bagamoyo, these slaves were either shipped to Arabic countries, Persia, India, South Africa, Reunion, Mauritius to work on various plantations till the end of the 19th century. It is said that about 1.5 million slaves walked on the shores of Bagamoyo. Continue reading “From Bagamoyo, with so much soul”