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CCCI at ‘Africa in 2020 – Art & Activism’ (Royal African Society)

On January 28th, Dr Jenny Mbaye from the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries (CCCI) was invited to chair and moderate a panel organised by the Royal African Society (RAS), and entitled ‘Africa in 2020 – Art & Activism’. This Africa in 2020 flagship event of the RAS was delivered in partnership with the British Council

Taking place at SOAS, the event gathered a range of creative workers and activists from most corners of the African continent: Boitumelo ‘Tumy’ Motsoatsoe – Head of Programmes, Business and Arts, BASA  South Africa; Makhtar Fall AKA Xumman, Musician, Broadcaster, Senegal ; Valerie Asiimwe Amani, Artist, Dar Es Salam; and Ahmed  El Attar, Theatre Director, Playwright and cultural manager, Egypt.

Image Credit: Kwasi Darko (Ghana); Image is available for purchase on

With a diverse audience of scholars, students, professionals and creatives, the debate focused on how contemporary African creatives are taking up increasingly prominent – and political – positions. More specifically, it explored how African artists and cultural producers have propelled a global boom in music, film, fashion and contemporary art, driving social change and shifting narratives both at home and abroad.

The video recording of the conversation can be found here:


sbgd278 • January 29, 2020

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