The #Africa No Filter summit on 26 February 2020 in Johannesburg brought together leaders and luminaries from business, art, culture and more, as we discussed the true cost of a detrimental narrative, why we must change this narrative now – and how we can do it together.
We, again, would like to thank all of those able to participate. Below please find videos of conversations and performances from the summit.
Opening Performance with Davina Gordon, violinist, and Lebohang Nova Masango, poet.
Welcome Remarks with Patrick Gaspard, Open Society Foundations, and Graça Machel, Graça Machel Trust.
Conversation: The True Cost of a Detrimental Narrative.
Sithembile Mbete, University of Pretoria, and Gbenga Oyebode, Aluko & Oyebode in conversation with Patrick Gaspard, Open Society Foundations on why all sectors need to care about narratives and how artists and culture makers can help shift perceptions and understanding.
Performance: Being the heroes of our own stories
Storyteller and journalist Maimouna Jallow on reimagining folktales, combining heritage and modern experiences and how stories help us to see each other.
Conversation: Changing the narrative by telling the truth
Writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani in conversation with Uzodinma Iweala, The Africa Center, on what happens when we tell honest stories, the power in confronting the uncomfortable, and why these stories need to be told by those who truly understand them.
Presentation: On Decoloniality
Artist Phoebe Boswell on de-coloniality, telling black stories in white spaces, and how to try to begin to decolonize our own thinking about stories.
Conversation: Africa is a City
Photographer Mutua Matheka in conversation with writer Enuma Okoro on African architecture, architecture in Africa, and the power of African cities at night.
Conversation: None on Record
Journalist, filmmaker, and radio producer Selly Thiam in conversation with Arit Okpo, CNN International’s African Voices Changemakers, on creating documentaries that don’t fit into the mainstream and on telling LGBTQ stories in challenging contexts.
Conversation: The story behind the story
Journalist Khadija Patel, Mail & Guardian, in conversation with Moky Makura, #AfricaNoFilter, on the risks and reality of reporting in Africa today.
Performance with Lihle Msimang, comedian.
Conversation: on the structures and barriers of access
Documentary filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri, DOX BOX, and scholar and musician Felwine Sarr on the implications of who owns our historical record and how it is accessed.
Conversation: Who gets to tell our stories?
Mamou Daffé, African Culture Fund, Rima Mismar, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and Tokini Peterside, ART X Collective, in conversation with journalist Redi Tlhabi on the essential role of curators, institutions, and other powerbrokers in distributing and broadening the reach of African stories.
Conversation: The New New
Nicole Amarteifio, creator of An African City, and emoji artist O’Plérou Grebet in conversation with Ebele Okobi, Facebook, on how artists are connecting to new audiences through new platforms – and how influencers are a force of cultural change.
Conversation: Artists as a Force for Change
Comedian Samantha Kureya and writer Taiye Selasi in conversation with Elizabeth Alexander, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, on the essential role of artists in helping us see and achieve the future we want.
Closing Remarks with Darren Walker, Ford Foundation.