Lumumba in the Arts

My latest book review for de Nederlandse Boekengids about the book Lumumba in the Arts.

“Lumumba is bij sterven nog maar 35, zijn politieke carrière aanzienlijk jonger. Hij zal desondanks uitgroeien tot een symbool voor de Afrikaanse vrijheidsstrijd, en in veel gekoloniseerde landen komen te staan voor de strijd tegen het imperialisme. Hij zal ook uitgroeien tot een pan-Afrikaans icoon voor Black Liberation-bewegingen over de hele wereld. Het boek Lumumba in the Arts (2020), een grote bundeling essays en teksten samengesteld door filmwetenschapper Matthias de Groof, gaat over dit gedeelte van zijn nalatenschap. Het behandelt Lumumba niet zozeer als historische persoon, maar gaat over de manier waarop hij als icoon en symbool in verschillende kunstvormen wordt gerepresenteerd, en daarin steeds opnieuw wordt uitgevonden.”

Afrika zal zijn eigen toekomst schrijven: over Patrice Lumumba als icoon

Beeldbepalers: Iris Kensmil

Proud to have been part of Iris Kensmil‘s performance, along with Munganyende Hélène Christelle, Lisette Ma Neza, Zaïre Krieger, Djuwa Mroivili, Lakiescha Tol and Willem de Rooij. There will also be an exhibition at Kunstinstituut Melly on the first of October for which I’m very excited. Iris Kensmil made a portrait of me which will be exhibited there for the first time.

Translating Césaire!

I am very happy to announce that I signed a contract today with publishing house De Geus to translate Aimé Césaire’s ‘Discours sur le colonialisme’. ‘Discours sur le colonialisme’ was first published in 1950 and is a seminal essay when it comes to Decolonial Theory. This will be the first time that this book will be translated to Dutch. One of the first papers I ever wrote as an undergrad student was about Négritude, and ‘Discours sur le colonialisme’, so it is an immense honor to now be able to translate it and bring it to a wider Dutch-speaking audience. I hope many young Black students will get to discover and appreciate Aimé Césaire’s work like I did.

Lagos Studies Association Conference 2021

I want to thank the Lagos Studies Association Conference for inviting me to come present my paper and join in the celebration of Sophie Oluwole’s work. My paper was about Oluwole’s place in African philosophy and the importance of her work as being Beyond paradigmatic dichotomy. It was great to be in the company of Professor Oyeronke Oyewumi, Professor Oladele Balogun, dr. Ademola Fayemi and Juul van der Laan who has made a film about Oluwole. Special thanks to Professor Oyeronke Oyewumi for considering me.

AfroLit, It’s here!!

I am so proud to announce that AfroLit which features a is finally out. I am really proud of the result and hope that many people will read it. You can order it online or get it at your local bookstore if you live in the Netherlands or Belgium.

Due to Covid-19 we can’t promote the book with a book launchparty, so most of the promotion will be online. Tomorrow, October 31st at 8pm CET, I will be having a live conversation with fellow author Sayonara Stutgard about the book. You can watch it on Instagram on the pages of The Black Archives and Dipsauspodcast.

Watch it live on Instagram October 31st at 8pm CET