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Should African creatives leave or stay? 

October 8, 2022

Africa's creative scene is booming. But what happens if a country’s infrastructure weakens, or its political system restricts freedom of expression? At DW's Global Media Forum, artists discuss the role of art for the continent's future. 

 Bobi Wine aka Robert Seentamu Kyagulanyi
Bobi Wine aka Robert Seentamu KyagulanyiImage: Lukeman Kampala

Bobi Wine is one of the most popular musicians in East Africa, and his songs don’t mince words when it comes to expressing his grievances in his native country Uganda. Most recently, he gained international fame when he ran for president in 2021 against long-term ruler Yoweri Museveni. He traveled to Bonn for Deutsche Welle's Global Media Forum to participate in a panel hosted by Arts.21: Creatives from Africa: Should I stay or should I go?

GMF Stella Gaitano, Writer from South Sudan
Writer Stella GaitanoImage: Björn Kietzmann/DW


Together with host Karin Helmstaedt, Bobi Wine discusses with writer Stella Gaitano (South Sudan), filmmaker Ike Nnaebue (Nigeria), photographer Angèle Etoundi Essamba (Cameroon/Netherlands), and photographer and curator Akinbode Akinbiyi (UK/Nigeria/Germany. How can African artists contribute to the advancement of their home countries?

Watch the whole discussion on YouTube:  


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Arts Unveiled — Experiencing and understanding the art world

Arts Unveiled dives deep into the international creative scene, uncovering new ideas and explaining cultural phenomena that shape our history, present and future. Who are the artists? What are their greatest works of art? And how are they having an impact? Where can we find their exciting projects?