So I decided to step out of my box (aka my little Dutch village) and be spontaneous. About midday yesterday I saw on Africa’s a Country, an announcement for the launch of ZAM Magazine’s international edition in Amsterdam. I closed early from work and got on the train for an almost three hour ride to A’dam. It was definitely worth attending!
ZAM Magazine is an international publication celebrating African creativity and new thinking. Since its launch in 1997, ZAM’s approach to journalism has been just the right balance of art and activism; using its network of journalists, writers, artists, photographers and other creative types across the world to sometimes question social and cultural norms, other times introduce new ideas, but always informing about Africa’s artistic highlights.
So far, it had been published in Dutch. However, with the launch of the international English version, ZAM Magazine has taken a bold step to share to an even wider audience, a true picture of Africa, drawn by Africans- something most prefer to ignore. The idea is to show the diversity, creative talent and passion which is driving innovation in every corner of the continent.
A continent no longer harassed by platitudes and prejudice,
and attitudes marinated in woefulness and dependency.
No romantics masking realities. A continent on top.
No more judgements biased by narrow sightedness and a need to fortify.
No limits. No longing. Its happening.
The ZAM Team