“It was a great pleasure for me to attend the Shoko festival in Zimbabwe as part of the Moving Africa programme. This joy is even greater as Moving Africa allowed me to make my first trip by plane, to discover this beautiful city of Harare.” Koffi Olivier Ahuie from Cote d’Ivoire at Shoko
“I came here to attend my first festival abroad, being an artist myself. I could get in touch with the really friendly people of Harare and also with some artists that practice the same discipline as me and even some from other countries practicing slam (poetry).” Peter Komondua from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at Shoko
“The programme (Moving Africa) put me in touch with producers from all over the world and I am still in touch with the other Moving Africa participants and we intend to collaborate.” Anna Peter Mallya from Tanzania at Écrans Noirs
“Moving Africa made me discover two very different types of cinematic production in Cameroon during the Écrans Noirs festival; mainstream production at CRTV and indie production undertaken by Lea Malle Frank and colleagues.” Adelaïde Ouattara from Cote d'Ivoire at Écrans Noirs
“The festival was an eye-opener for me because I have not been exposed to film festivals outside Zimbabwe. Furthermore, I enjoyed the use of an open air space as the main screening venue.” Ncube Priscilla Sithole from Zimbabwe at Écrans Noirs
“Dak'Art Biennale came and went. All now a good but distant memory. But I shall never forget my first encounters with Dakar, how I wish to return and fulfil a last promise, to run wild on the beach.”
Georgina Maxun from Zimbabwe at Dak’Art
“As an artist and art lover I draw a lot of inspiration from Léopold Sédar Senghor, a Senegalese poet, politician, and cultural theorist who served as the first president of Senegal. He is regarded by many as one of the most important African intellectuals of the 20th century and he played a huge part in promoting the Arts in Senegal as well as Africa as a whole. The thing I love most about artists is the ability to get along and mingle with anyone and everyone. I ended up meeting people I had met before so it became a blissful re-union of sorts and also got to meet a lot of new people. They made Dakar magical.”
Jackie Karuti from Kenya at Dak’Art
“My film Skin Canvas was screened at the Goethe-Institut where the feedback was great. It was a totally new experience watching it again as I haven’t watched it in the past two years. I also watched some other short films from the other Moving Africa Participants and it was great to see other people’s work.
We drove by a place called Kwame Nkrumah Avenue and at that point I couldn’t help but feel proud that someone from my home country had made so much impact that an avenue had been named after him.”
Anita Afonu from Ghana at Fespaco
“I haven’t totally recovered from Nairobi—in a way, I don’t think I ever will. Kwani is undoubtedly the most influential journal to have emerged from sub-Saharan Africa, and if anybody doubts this fact, the biennial Kwani literary festival is enough to shut them up. The 2012 Kwani literary festival was full of people from all walks of life and the venues were usually full (at the premier screening of Nairobi Half Life, the Goethe-Institut in Nairobi was full and had our (the Moving Africa participants and I) space not been reserved, we’d have had to stand up — this is how we measure a culture-conscious country.”
Dzekashu MacViban from Cameroon at Kwani Litfest
“The village was beautifully transformed with contemporary art pieces in the street, people’s backyards were transformed into theatre stages. At night the street is lit up, the locals sell spicy foods on the street and with different performances all around you, there is a lot to choose from.”
Rehema Nanfuka from Uganda at Les Récréatrales
“I had an opportunity to attend a photo festival- Lagos Photo Festival, the second edition- for the very first time in about twenty years of my career as a photographer! Also for the very first time I had my portfolio reviewed.”
Bernard Rwebangira from Tanzania at Lagos Photo Festival
“Photography to me is more than just a visual language. It creates and establishes connections; it fulfils my description of freedom and fuels my experience of joy, play, exploration and sharing. Today, right now, I can honestly say that my vision and my voice have been re-ignited by all the wonderful people I met in Lagos.”
Barbara Minishi from Kenya at Lagos Photo Festival
“My highlight from Lagos photo festival was getting to spend time within the week with seasoned photographers exhibiting at the festival and young aspiring photographers. Within the workshops and portfolio reviews, I was able to gain some perspective of the challenges photographers face working in Africa, as well as to learn a lot about how to build visibility as an artist.”
Martin Kharumwa from Uganda at Lagos Photo Festival
“One of the highlights of Bayimba 2011 was meeting Ghanaian Nii Noi Nortey, a genius on sax and any number of horns. He’d brought a bag of horns that he’d made. There was a Chinese oboe he’d put holes in and slapped a sax mouthpiece on to make a horn whose sound would resonate around the continent. He had his own didgeridoo. And he had another telescopic, mellifluous horn that played through water.”
Andrew Whaley from South Africa at Bayimba International Festival of the Arts
“I was honoured to have my Feature film debut 'My Father’s Son' in the official selection and in the competition of FESPACO 2011. I fell in love with Ouagadougou and its people right away. The city gives a sense of safety and humanity unlike any place I have been to before.”
Joel Haikali from Namibia at Fespaco
“In my country, Nigeria, we have a big, multi-million dollar film industry (it’s called Nollywood). But, alas, most of the directors only care about money since a lot of these films are, in my personal opinion, uninteresting and of a low quality.
But this group of Moving Africa individuals that I’ve met here in Ouagadougou, have so many ideas that I’m beginning to feel we are definitely moving towards a great change.”
Folasakin Iwajomo from Nigeria at Fespaco
"It started with a bang, and it ended with a big bang.
From the moment I arrived in Burkina Faso, I was blown away by the energy of the people, the FESPACO festival and the films I saw. The FESPACO Festival of 2011 united a lot of interesting people and great movies. By the end of it, I was amazed by the things that can be done when creative people get together and I feel fortunate that I got the chance to be a part of it."
Zelalem Woldemariam from Ethiopia at Fespaco