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Nigerian Festival in Nairobi, Oct. 9-29 2017 @ Alliance Française Nairobi

Nigerian Festival in Nairobi | via NMK

Dates: October 9 – 29 2017
Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi

One of the three exhibitions presenting a rare and historic display of Nigerian Contemporary Art and Culture

Other Venues hosting the Nigerian Festival in Nairobi
– The Nairobi Gallery 1 October 2017 to 15 December
– Nairobi National Museum, 1 October to 31 November


October 6, 2017 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

Nigerian Festival in Nairobi, Oct. 1 – Nov 30 2017 @ National Museum, Nairobi Gallery & Alliance Française

Dates: October 1 (Nigeria National Day) – November 30, 2017
Venues: Nairobi Gallery, Nairobi National Museum and the French Cultural Centre

Organised by Alan Donovan – he of the African Heritage House – and other collaborators.

September 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Ciné-Café Screening: Black Dandy Documentary by Laurent Lunetta & Ariel Wizman, Sept. 28 2017 @ Alliance Française

Date and time: Thu. 28th Sept. at 6.30pm
Venue: Alliance Française

Title: Black Dandy, a political beauty. A documentary by Laurent Lunetta and Ariel Wizman. Distributed by Canal Plus

Black Dandy explores “black dandyism” from the days of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade to today’s masculine chic. It documents historic and contemporary scenes of popular and celebrity culture and everyday life where Black dandies, in the streets of Brooklyn, Johannesburg, London and Paris, are redefining the landscape of ‘black dandyism’ as a blend of detachment and strength, nonchalance and control.

September 26, 2017 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Literature Cafe: Papa Wemba and Black Dandy, Sept. 27 2017 @ Alliance Française

Papa Wemba | Image via Alliance Française, Nairobi

Date: September 27, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6.30 pm
Free Entry

Join Didier Bokelo Bile, author of the biography, ‘Papa Wemba: icon of African music from generation to generation’ as he discusses the parallel worlds of ‘the man’ and the ‘artist’.

The King of Rhumba Rock, Papa Wemba, or Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was also the undisputed king of the ‘sapeurs’.

September 15, 2017 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Photo Exhibition on LA SAPE (Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant People), Sept. 18-29 2017 @ Alliance Française

A Photo Exhibition by Baudouin Mousanda (from Brazzaville) and Yves Sambu (from Kinshasa)

Dates: September 18 – 29, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française, Nairobi

The CPF (Comité permanent de la Francophonie au Kenya), an apolitical, non-denominational and non-profit organization which regroups member states of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF – Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) based in Nairobi, in partnership with the Alliance Française, present an exhibition of photos on the Congolese sub-culture of ‘La Sape’ (Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant Persons).

The Sape has its origins in the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republc of Congo. One could not immediately relate this phenomenon of elegance and fashionable extravagance in countries that have been marred by civil war over several decades. Yet, amid the conflicts, there exist these self-proclaimed dandies of sub-Saharan Africa – known as the Sapeurs – just ordinary working men who are devoted to the cult of style and impeccable moral conduct (respect, peace, integrity, honour…). Despite their expensive sense of dress, they are not rich men. This social movement that glories elegance and style was revived in the 1970s by Papa Wemba, the King of Rumba Rock, but also the undisputed King of the Sapeurs.

La Sape can be traced back to the colonial period. ‘There were people in sub-Saharan Africa during the 1930s and 1940s – dubbed évolués (meaning well rounded individuals) according to the terminology of the period – who would imitate Europeans. They would put on airs and copy the colonialists’ behavior. This was a way for them to highlight their social superiority and assert their identities. This kind of dandy is a well-known stock-character in African literature’; says Romuald Fonkua, Director of the International Centre for French Studies at the Sorbonne University.

In the 1970s, La Sape became a protest against the “abacost” policy — from the French “à bas le costume,” or “down with the suit” — that was implemented in Congo. In accordance with Zairianization, the official state ideology of the Joseph-Désiré Mobutu regime, wearing a European style suit and tie was officially forbidden. President Mobutu wore a hat made of leopard fur, a symbol of power in the Bantu population.

“In this sense, La Sape was truly a revolutionary behavior,” notes Fonkoua. “It expressed both resistance and the assertion of an African identity with a global outlook, as opposed to Mobutu’s limited, obtuse vision.”
The Sapeurs have a simple philosophy ‘to live with joie de vivre’. However, in a country devastated by conflict and poverty, one wonders how this flamboyant lifestyle is sustained.

The photographer Baudouin Mouanda from Brazaville is an internationally acclaimed photographer. He won ‘The Young Talent Award’ at the influential African Photography Biennial, Bamako Encounters, in 2009 for his photography project on the ‘Sapeurs’. “I look at Africa with positivity,” says Mouanda, “I don’t see Africa from the perspective of people who never came here. I see Africa as a continent that will surprise people tomorrow. I’m sure of it.”

Nicknamed Photouin (Photo + Baudouin), Mouanda began his photographic journey in 1993, when his father offered him his first camera. Years later, he was awarded Best Photographer from the Fine Art School of Kinshasa. Baudouin studied journalism in Paris. His work is published regularly in Afrique magazine, Jeune Afrique, VSD, L’Express Style and Planète Jeune.

The photographer Yves Sambu is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa. Born in Lukula (Bas-Congo) in 1980 – he lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied painting but decided to devote himself particularly to photography and video.

His work is based on the dynamic evolution of man and the social integration of men and women in the “City”. He addresses cohabitation issues which demand respect for one another despite differences in points of view or way of being. For Yves, it is not only the artistic result which is important, but also the process and the approach. Thus, he thinks “… should not art serve its true function in society?”

Concise Programme available, here

September 15, 2017 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Theatre Performance: Re-Act. Protect Our Children, Sept. 19 2017 @ Alliance Française

Date: September 19, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 7-9 pm
Entry: Free
RSVP by mail to, or call 0733441441

If you believe everyone has an immense creative potential to trigger change in everyday life, then JOIN US, this performance is for you.
If the audience intervenes Tuesday 19th night, things could take a new turn for our Children.
This event is meant to launch 2 shows performed by youth groups from Malindi and Nakuru. Stories of violence and discrimination against children, which the audience will transform to stories of respect and hope.
You don’t need to be an actor/actress, nor will you be forced to intervene. Those willing will have the opportunity to try on stage their ideas.
This event is the result of a participatory theatre training, organized by CISP in collaboration with Parteciparte http://www.parteciparte under a UNICEF funded project.

Participatory theatre is a form of theatre in which the audience interacts with the performers and presenters, joins in with the action and sparks change. This and other forms of creative expression create a safe space for personal and group empowerment and engagement. It encourages speaking up, taking the stage, being a leader, expressing one’s opinion and views, taking initiative, reflecting and finding creative solutions together, realizing that change is possible at any given time of the story. That we have a choice. Connecting with other people and participating in creating a new reality that is beneficial for all is amongst the most empowering, healing and fun experiences.
CISP has been investing a lot to promote culture and art as tools for change (peace, non violence, protection, etc.).

Welcome. KARIBU.

September 13, 2017 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Photo Exhibition: La Sape, Sept. 11 – 30 2017 @ Alliance Française

La Sape | Image via Alliance Française

Dates: September 11-30, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française

Meet the Sapeurs – the dapper dressers, the fashionistas who are part of the Congolese subculture – La Sape (Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant People) – devoted to the cult of style and refined behavior.
The Sapeurs’ sense of style is one of joyous exuberance, flamboyant colour, polished tailoring and impeccable attention to detail. The Sapeurs have a simple philosophy: to live with joie de vivre.
Acclaimed photographers Baudouin Mouanda from Brazzaville and Yves Sambu from Kinshasa have been documenting this flamboyant movement for several years. Their brilliant portraits of the sapeurs strike a balance between documentary and art.

September 8, 2017 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

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