Born in a multicultural environment, Ted Bwatu is highly interested in the issue of unequal relations between North and South and their socio-economic impact. His civic engagement is mainly expressed through poetry and articles of opinion in Flemish newspapers, magazines and blogs. He is also the spokesperson of the citizen movement “Together for Dignity” which organized a rally during the International Migrants Day in 2014, to inform the public of the difficulties migrants and diasporas are still facing. Facebook: Together for Dignity.
Belgian-Congolese Photographer / Director / Actor & Author. Site Publisher of the site lartdetrehumain.net and co-founder of the Collective “L’Animalerie” with Watna Horemans and Gregory Lawrence. More information on nganji.be.
Belgian-Congolese singer. She sings Gospels, Soul and Jazz. And she worked with other artists like Maurane, Mylène Farmer, Khadja Nin, Lara Fabian, Axelle Red, Ophélie Winter, Arno and The Blow Monkeys. Facebook: Alexia Waku.
Congolese Pianist, Guitarist and Composer who attended several musical encounters and played with Tony Allen (former drummer of Fela Kuti) and Francis Lassus (former drummer of Claude Nougaro). “Les oubliés du Kivu”, sound track of the short-film “Girl Fact”, is an excerpt of the album “99”. Site: raylema.com.
Congolese comic artist and painter. Comic books: “Madame Livingstone”, “Congo La Grande Guerre” and “Chaos Debout à Kinshasa”, published by Glénat. Facebook: Barly Barut Wa Pili.
Presidente of the non profit association FARA (Forum D’Action et de Réflexion pour l’Afrique). Facebook: FARA.
Les Anges Cie
Artists collective from all backgrounds (mainly Africans) gathered around a project initiated by Angel Nawasadio in 1994 in Brussels. Ange Nawassadio is an Author / Composer and Performer trained in the schools of Maurice Béjart (MUDRA in Brussels) and the Harlem ballet (New York), Ange started the concept of “African Soul” (Afro-centric soul), the link between black African-European-American cultures. Facebook: Les Anges Compagnie (Cie d’artistes indépendants).
In Koli Jean BOFANE
Congolese Writer, author of “Pourquoi le lion n’est plus le roi des animaux” (1996, Ed. Gallimard); “Bibi et les Canards” (2000); “Mathématiques congolaises” (2008) and “Congo Inc. Le Testament de Bismarck” (2014, Ed; Actes Sud), Grand Prix of Roman Métis and Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie. Facebook: Jean Bofane.
Kalvin NJALL SOIRESSE
Very active in the work of volunteer organizations, he is the coordinator of the Collective ”Memoire Coloniale et Lutte contre les Discriminiations”. He also works at Radio Campus Brussels on the show “Sous l’arbre à palabres”. He is the author of “bureaux paternels” and “Belzébuth, sa maîtresse belge et le sans-papiers”. Sites: arbrapalabre.be and Collectif Mémoire Coloniale et Lutte Contre la Discrimination.
Surgery Professor at the University of Brussels (ULB), head of the digestive surgery department at the University Hospital Saint-Pierre and founder of the European School of Laparoscopic Surgery. He regularly visits Panzi (Bukavu) where he operates with Dr. Denis MUKWEGE women victims of rape and sexual mutilation. Site: European School of Laparoscopic Surgery Brussels.
Freelance photographer. White Ebony, one of her last photographic essay about people with albinism in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has won a honourable mention at the Unicef Photo of the Year Award 2013 and has been exhibited at Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In September 2015 she was awarded for the World’s best picture on the theme of Peace at the Afred Fried Photography Award. Site: patriciawillocq.com.