Watch now: #ANF Summit 2020

Watch now: #ANF Summit 2020

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.

Opening Performance

Welcome Remarks with Patrick Gaspard, Open Society Foundations, and Graça Machel, Graça Machel Trust.

Welcome Remarks

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.

THE TRUE COST OF A DETRIMENTAL NARRATIVE

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.

PERFORMANCE: BEING THE HEROES OF OWN STORIES 

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.

CONVERSATION- CHANGING THE NARRATIVE BY TELLING THE TRUTH 

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.

PRESENTATION- ON DECOLONIALITY

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- AFRICA IS A CITY

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- NONE ON RECORD

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.

CONVERSATION- THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Performance with Lihle Msimang, comedian.

PERFORMANCE- LIHLE MSIMANG

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- ON THE STRUCTURES AND BARRIERS OF ACCESS

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- WHO GETS TO TELL OUR 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- THE NEW NEW

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.

CONVERSATION- ARTISTS AS A FORCE FOR CHANGE

Closing Remarks with Darren Walker, Ford Foundation.

CLOSING REMARKS- DARREN WALKER

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