ABOUT US

AFRISPECTIVES

‘Afrispectives’ is a platform for storytellers of African and Afro-Carribean descent in the Netherlands and abroad. We offer an online space to share and find stories on what it is to be from African descent, share stories on cultural diversity and creativity, or to revisit history from an African perspective. Creating spaces for narrative and cultural exchanges between people of African descent is necessary as many people don’t recognize themselves in the images of mainstream media that often applies problematic and stereotypical frames in their portrayal of Africa and people of African descent. Spaces to share stories among each other leads to cultural empowerment and a better understanding of the diversity within and between communities of African descent.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

A story can be anything that you have seen or have heard, or even something you have made yourself.  A story can be a youtube video on an African fashion designer. It could be an Instagram feed from your favourite African photographer, a podcast or music that tells a story about what it means to you to be of African descent. It can be about being black. It can be about colonial history from a black perspective. It can be anything that you think is important! A story that reflects your experience, vision or your passion is always a good story – and a good story is powerful, submit it and let us know why you think it is important to share this story with the rest of the community!

There are many spaces which facilitate media, perspectives and stories about Africa or people of African descent. These spaces often facilitate and include media that have been produced, written or edited by people from non-African descent, potentially and frequently leading to problematic frames or stereotypical, one dimensional images. By facilitating a space that exclusively shares stories from African perspective, we create room for cultural empowerment and knowledge building from within and among the community. Just like other comparable platforms, we welcome everybody from non-African descendency that is interested in these stories to visit our platform – However, we explicity request you to respect the fact that we share stories from an unapologetically African, Afro-carribean or ‘black’ perspective.

Yes, Afrispectives is one part of an overarching project, consisting of three part; An online storymap (Afrispectives), a live event (Africadelic) and an educational toolkit. The storymap is an exclusive platform for people of African descent, where content can be shared and accessed from an explicitly African perspective. During ‘Africadelic’, a socio-cultural live-event organised by Mano a Mano Producoes, these stories will come to life through, on -stage performances, live music and debates. These stories will also form a reference point for an educational toolkit that will be developed by IDleaks and partners, which will be made available for free to educational professionals in the Netherlands. This project is financed through the Dutch ministry of Social Affairs in the context of the Dutch implementation of the UN decade of people of African Descent. The project facilitators are IDleaks, Mano a Mano Producoes and studio Gingertheworld.

Would you like to help out in any way and join this project, send us your resume and let us know how you would like to contribute to afrispectives@gmail.com

Disclaimer for Afrispectives Storymap

The Afrispectives storymap is a non-commercial user-submitted platform with the intention of highlighting and providing space for content from an explicit African perspective. For above shown images, photos and texts, our users granted us the right to use it for our articles. As a content driven platform, we deny all claim and responsibility for any possible intellectual property right infringement based on the shown images, photos and texts. If you believe you have a claim of infringement with respect to material that is posted on our pages, you may give us written notification of your claim by afrispectives@gmail.com! We will remove or block access to the allegedly infringing material.

Disclaimer for users who send us content:

We value and respect copyrights of others and expects its contributors to do the same. By submitting content to us, you acknowledge that you own or have the intellectual property rights to submit the material. You shall not submit as content any material protected by copyright or trademark without the express written permission of the owner of the material. Determining whether material is protected by copyright or other proprietary rights is your responsibility. You are solely responsible and liable for any damage caused by the misuse of material. For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your Content. However, by submitting material to us, you automatically grant, or warrant that the owner of such material has expressly granted us the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate and distribute such material (in whole or in part) worldwide. You hereby grant us the right to edit, copy, publish and distribute any such material made available by you.

OUR TEAM

SASKIA DE WILDT

Concept & Coordination

JULIA CHANDA ZVOBGO

Social Media Strategist & Editor

BEYLULA YOSEF

Social Media Campaigner

PALACE OF NOTIONS

Graphic Design

ASPHA BIJNAAR

Toolkit coordinator

JILLIAN EMANUELS

Toolkit assistent

SASKIA DE WILDT

Concept & Coordination

JULIA CHANDA ZVOBGO

Social Media Strategist & Editor

BEYLULA YOSEF

Social Media Campaigner

PALACE OF NOTIONS

Graphic Design

OUR PARTNERS

UNIVERSITY OF COLOUR

The University of colour joined in from our very first meetings with critical feedback to keep us sharp!

NEW URBAN COLLECTIVE

NUC co-hosts our project meetings in their New Urban Cafe, Amsterdam East – Go check it out!

IVAN BARBOSA

Ivan Barbosa advised us from the start on which stories to share. And he should know as an award winning director…

UNIVERSITY OF COLOUR

The University of colour joined in from our very first meetings with critical feedback to keep us sharp!

NEW URBAN COLLECTIVE

NUC co-hosts our project meetings in their New Urban Cafe, Amsterdam East – Go check it out!

IVAN BARBOSA

Ivan Barbosa advised us from the start on which stories to share. And he should know as an award winning director…

INITIATORS

GINGERTHEWORLD

Conceptstudio GingertheWorld works from the conviction that long term, social change starts with a compelling story. And that such stories are only effective when they are inclusive, co-created and discursively strategic. We believe that a compelling story today, makes an impact on reality tomorrow. GingertheWorld combines years of commercial media experience with social entrepreneurship and visual storytelling to contribute to that change! Check out our webpage to see what projects we have been working on.

IDLEAKS

IDleaks started as citizen’s initiative in 2011 – and is a now a registered foundation in the Netherlands since 2016. We strive for less stereotypical, more factual and more bottom-up communication about countries and people in ‘the Global South’. We believe this is necessary, because the average Dutch person is too often confronted with one-dimensional, stereotypical images of developing countries and their populations, featuring only poverty, hunger and disease. IDleaks counteract the harmful effects of one-sided imagery by supporting development organisations and media in creating more nuanced content to inform their target group. IDleaks also commits itself to an open and nuanced debate around development cooperation.

There is often a lot of confusion among the general public about what development cooperation exactly entails. Too often, we witness discussions based on popular myths and a lack of background understanding. IDleaks is therefore committed to create a space for contextualisation and careful fact-checking as well as personal stories from different points of view. Eventually we hope to contribute to an environment in which all development actors are able to learn from one another and be enabled to contribute more effectively to that fair world without injustice, inequality and poverty that we all dream of.

MANO A MANO PRODUÇÕES

Mano a Mano Produções organises socio-cultural events that provides a stage to national as well international artists, music, arts, theater and dance. In collaboration with European embassies he manages to connect Angolan and European DJ’s with the goal of mutual empowerment.

MINISTERIE VAN SOCIALE ZAKEN EN WERKGELEGENHEID

Afrispectives has been conceptualized by studio GingertheWorld and produced in partnership with IDleaks and Manoamanoproducoes in assignment for the Ministry of Social Affairs. The platform is part of an overarching project in the context of the Dutch implementation of the UN ‘decade for people of African descent’. The platform will be officially launched for the broader public on international Africa Day, on the 25th of May 2017, at the socio-cultural event Africadelic (by ManoaManoProducoes) in Paradiso Amsterdam. Africadelic brings the storymap alive and takes us on a visual and musical journey through our Afrispectives storymap from the Netherlands to the African continent in search of untold stories. The storymap will eventually function as a reference for an educational toolkit (developed by IDleaks and partners of African descent) that addresses framing of Africa and African people. If you want to know more about this overarching project, please send us an email.

GINGERTHEWORLD

Conceptstudio GingertheWorld works from the conviction that long term, social change starts with a compelling story. And that such stories are only effective when they are inclusive, co-created and discursively strategic. We believe that a compelling story today, makes an impact on reality tomorrow. GingertheWorld combines years of commercial media experience with social entrepreneurship and visual storytelling to contribute to that change! Check out our webpage to see what projects we have been working on.

IDLEAKS

IDleaks started as citizen’s initiative in 2011 – and is a now a registered foundation in the Netherlands since 2016. We strive for less stereotypical, more factual and more bottom-up communication about countries and people in ‘the Global South’. We believe this is necessary, because the average Dutch person is too often confronted with one-dimensional, stereotypical images of developing countries and their populations, featuring only poverty, hunger and disease. IDleaks counteract the harmful effects of one-sided imagery by supporting development organisations and media in creating more nuanced content to inform their target group. IDleaks also commits itself to an open and nuanced debate around development cooperation.

There is often a lot of confusion among the general public about what development cooperation exactly entails. Too often, we witness discussions based on popular myths and a lack of background understanding. IDleaks is therefore committed to create a space for contextualisation and careful fact-checking as well as personal stories from different points of view. Eventually we hope to contribute to an environment in which all development actors are able to learn from one another and be enabled to contribute more effectively to that fair world without injustice, inequality and poverty that we all dream of.

MANOAMANO PRUDUÇÕES

Mano a Mano Produções organises socio-cultural events that provides a stage to national as well international artists, music, arts, theater and dance. In collaboration with European embassies he manages to connect Angolan and European DJ’s with the goal of mutual empowerment.

MINISTERIE VAN SOCIALE ZAKEN EN WERKGELEGENHEID

Afrispectives has been conceptualized by studio GingertheWorld and produced in partnership with IDleaks and Manoamanoproducoes in assignment for the Ministry of Social Affairs. The platform is part of an overarching project in the context of the Dutch implementation of the UN ‘decade for people of African descent’. The platform will be officially launched for the broader public on international Africa Day, on the 25th of May 2017, at the socio-cultural event Africadelic (by ManoaManoProducoes) in Paradiso Amsterdam. Africadelic brings the storymap alive and takes us on a visual and musical journey through our Afrispectives storymap from the Netherlands to the African continent in search of untold stories. The storymap will eventually function as a reference for an educational toolkit (developed by IDleaks and partners of African descent) that addresses framing of Africa and African people. If you want to know more about this overarching project, please send us an email.