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Presentations NVAS Africa Day 2021: Entrepreneurial responses to Covid-19 in Africa

(Re-)watch the presentations of NVAS Africa Day 2021 here!

Magnus Ekeland: Longing to break free: Ethnographic reflections on the Basic Income Grant in South Africa’s potential to boost entrepreneurship among young men in rural townships

Lotte Marie Brouwer: Adaptation strategies among successful women agri- entrepreneurs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya

Corneill Spaapen and Lucia Ameli: Supporting entrepreneurs during Covid-19: Insights from African Entrepreneurship Support Organizations

Hanaa Benchrifa and Steven Kator Iorfa: Entrepreneurial intentions among Moroccan University students in times of crisis: A focus on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic

NVAS Africa Day 2021: Entrepreneurial responses to Covid-19 in Africa

Dear members,

Our annual NVAS Africa Day will take place on line on Saturday 16 October. Would you like to attend? Please click on the registration link below. If you leave your postal address you will receive a stay-at-home package prior to the event!


12:00 – 12:45
Annual General Meeting/Algemene Leden Vergadering
(NVAS members only)

12:45 – 13:00
Opening and welcome

13:00 – 13:20
Lucia Ameli; Crosswise works
Corneill Spaapen; Crosswise works
“Supporting entrepreneurs during COVID: insights from African Entrepreneurship Support Organizations”i

13:20 – 13:40
Hanaa Benchrifa; Hassan II University
Steven Kator Iorfa; University of Nigeria Nsukka
“Entrepreneurial intentions among Moroccan University students in times of crisis: A focus on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic”

13:40 – 14:00
Magnus Ekeland; Radboud University
“Longing to break free: Ethnographic reflections on the Basic Income Grant in South Africa’s potential to boost entrepreneurship among young men in rural townships”

14:00 – 14:30
Plenary discussion

14:30 – 14:40
Coffee break

14:40 – 15:00
Lotte-Marie Brouwer; Women’s Entrepreneurship Lead at Bopinc/Utrecht University
“Adaptation strategies among successful women agri entrepreneurs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya”

15:00 – 15:20
Susanne Roeloefsen; MDF Africa
“The importance of knowing your market and formalising your business”

15:20 – 15:50
Plenary discussion

15:50 – 16:00

16:00 – 16:15
Coffee break

16:15 – 17:30
Short film + Q&A with filmmaker Laura Molsbergen

“A-town – Moving towards visibility”
The film provides a glimpse of the lives of three dancers, who are part of the wider ViaVia dance community in Arusha. They all have their own dreams to pursue, their own money to make to survive on a daily basis. As a unity, they share their passion for dance and the willingness to take their dance practices to a higher level. But the Tanzanian government and its people do not value dance for the development of the country. A-TOWN: Moving towards visibility shows how the dancers try to use their talent to escape the shadow and instead search for the spotlight to be seen by their fellow Tanzanians – but are they able to do so without the help from outsiders?

Call for papers NVAS Africa Day 2021: Entrepreneurial responses to Covid-19 in Africa (Extended Deadline!)

The deadline for abstracts for our upcoming NVAS Africa Day: ‘Entrepreneurial Responses to Covid-19 in Africa’ has been extended to 15 July 2021. 

We very much welcome contributions from members of our community from both academia and practice. Feel free to share the extended call for abstracts with your network:

If you have any questions about the upcoming Africa Day please send an e-mail to nvas.africa.day.2021@gmail.com

Call for papers NVAS Africa Day 2021: Entrepreneurial responses to Covid-19 in Africa

We are happy to announce a call for papers for our annual NVAS Africa Day, which will take place in an online/hybrid format on Saturday 16 October 2021.

Both NVAS members and non-NVAS members can apply, and we encourage submissions from PhD and early career scholars from African institutions.

More information on the program and registration will follow. For questions, please contact nvas.africa.day.2021@gmail.com.

You can download the call for papers below. Feel free to share this with your network.

Panel Covid-19 in Africa

On October 31 2020 NVAS organised a panel on the effect of Covid-19 on the African continent. We had the pleasure to hear from five speakers from different countries in Africa. They spoke about how the coronavirus has affected their personal and professional lives, and how their governments dealt with battling the virus. You can re-watch their presentations here.

Samuel Ntewusu is a social historian who holds an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Ghana and a PhD from Leiden University (2012) with a socio-historical study of northern traders and transporters in Accra’s Tudu, 1908-2008. Since 2011 Ntewusu has worked at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He is also the co- coordinator of the ASCL research programme Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History.

I was born into an Afrikaans middle-class family with a long Dutch name: Petronella Jacoba Jacobs. My mother decided to call me Kobie, so thankful for that!I teach drama. I started my professional teaching career in 2007 at a rural school At present, I am at a city school, The Settlers High School.

Setargew Kenaw is an associate professor of philosophy and cultural
anthropology at Addis Ababa University. He has published two books, a
considerable number of journal articles, and book chapters. His research
interests include epistemology, existentialism, and classical Ethiopian

Mariama Mary Fall (Senegal) is in the process of finishing her PhD dissertation on youth, employment and education in Niger at the University of Ottawa. To her, it is urgent to work towards quality education, beyond enrolment rates. Beyond basic literacy and classic schooling, she focuses on youth lifelong learning and skills to ease their school-to-work transition, which should lead to healthier economies and communities.

Abdallah Ally lives in Mwanza Buhongwa and recently obtained his diploma in clinical medicine at the Sengerema Health Institute in Sengerema, Tanzania. At the moment he is looking for a job and would prefer to work as a doctor. His mothertongue is Swahili, his mother is Haya and his father is Zaramo.

Annual meeting and panel on Covid-19 in Africa

Dear NVAS members,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of NVAS members to be held online on Saturday 31 October at 14:00. After the AGM there will be a panel about the impact of Covid-19 on the African continent. Speakers from Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Tanzania will briefly share their experiences with the virus and the impact of their personal and professional lives. There will be plenty of time to ask questions. More information about the speakers can be found in the attachment. Please register for the event here.

The program of the afternoon is as follows: 

14:00 – 14:30   AGM

14:30 – 16:00   Panel Covid-19 in Africa

You are welcome to join the meeting at any time. You can choose to attend both events, or just the panel. To join the Zoom meeting, please click the following link:

Click here to join the meeting. The password for the meeting is nvas2020. 

The agenda for the AGM is as follows

1. Welcome and announcements  
2. In- and outcoming board members
3. Adoption of minutes
4. NVAS report 2019
5. NVAS financial report 2019 + report by auditing committee 
6. Upcoming NVAS events 
7. AOB
8. Closing statement

We hope to see you on 31 October! 

Interview with Henk Breman: Agricultural development expert

Biologist Henk Breman travelled to Mali in 1972 to avoid military service. He arrived during one of the longest droughts on the continent – triggering him to conduct research on the caring capacity of natural resources in Africa. Since then, he obtained over 40 years of experience in 27 African countries. His most recent publication, ‘From fed by the world to food security: Accelerating agricultural development in Africa’, is a plea to policymakers in Africa and beyond to invest in agricultural development. According to Henk, it is the only way to reach socio-economic development. NVAS visited him in his countryside house, surrounded by lush greenery, to discuss his book and the future of agricultural development in Africa.

Read the full interview here.

Interview with Sangu Delle: Author, entrepreneur and investor

Sangu Delle’s versatility is undeniable. The Ghanaian born Harvard graduate is Chairman of Golden Palm Investments Corporation (“GPI”) and Managing Director of Africa Health Holdings, an innovative company based in West Africa focused on “building Africa’s healthcare future”. He is also co-founder of non-profit Cleanacwa, which is working to provide water and sanitation in underdeveloped communities in rural Ghana. As if that is not enough, Sangu spent the last seven years visiting 47 African nations, studying local entrepreneurial ecosystems and interviewing over six hundred young entrepreneurs. In his book ‘Making Futures: Young Entrepreneurs in a Dynamic Africa’ he discusses seventeen of them, telling stories of their entrepreneurial journeys and the social, economic, and political context in which they operate. The NVAS spoke with him about his writing debut and the future of entrepreneurship in Africa.

Read the entire interview here.

New ASC Press and Communications Officer

The Africa Studies Centre in Leiden has a new Press and Communications Officer: Rik Jongenelen. Rik is succeeding Marieke van Winden and his new role includes to manage the NVAS membership.

More info about Rik:

Rik Jongenelen holds a BA in Education (2016) and an MA in African Studies (2018) from Leiden University. Being a teacher he has been involved in active learning programmes in Uganda and Malawi as a programme supervisor and peer coach. His fieldwork for the MA took place in Zambia, in which he explored the potential of role models in disability advocacy. Rik’s primary research interest lies in education, but also in a wide range of topics related to inclusive development, disability, history and politics. His region of interest is mostly the Sahel, but also Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Currently he works at the African Studies Centre as a Communications and Press Officer.

Verslag Afrikadag 2019

              ‘ Let yourself free, be happy, beauty of a kind, love of a kind, smile of a kind’   

Door Henk Merkus 
Fotograaf: Celine da Silva Curiel

Gezongen door Elaine da Silva. Wat een afscheidscadeau! Je mag het zelf organiseren. Uitverkocht en een wachtlijst. Een voor velen onbekend maar verrassend mooi programma. Iedere artiest en spreker met een eigen, bijzonder verhaal. Dansende Helden-jongeren, en waarschijnlijk meer dan twintig verschillende nationaliteiten in de zaal. Ook de presentator van de middag Angélique Mbundu, van Congolese (DRC) afkomst, met een duidelijke boodschap: mede-oprichter van de African Young Professional Network (AYP) die jonge Afrikaanse professionels in Nederland een stem en een gezicht willen geven (http://www.aypnetwork.nl/nl/organisatie/voormalige-bestuursleden/bestuursleden-2015/bestuurslid-angelique).

Wat maakte een bijzondere indruk? Cultuurjournalist Jair Tchong? Een indrukwekkend cv op Linkedin. Een grote kennis van de (West-) Afrikaanse muziek. Een waterval van informatie. Teveel om bij te houden. Gelukkig schrijft hij op zijn eigen website over zijn optreden. Zie https://jairtchong.wordpress.com/. En wat blijkt : zijn liefde voor de Malinese muziek is twintig jaar geleden ontstaan door het enthousiasme  van Jan Jansen (huidig bestuurslid van de NVAS). Of was het de bijdrage van Javier Lopez Pinon? Openlucht theaterstukken in tal van West-Afrikaanse landen : Benin, Ivoorkust, Togo, Frans-Gyana, Zuid-Afrika, maar ook Amsterdam, Haarlem en Groningen (zie: http://www.javierlopezpinon.com). Dan wel Feri de Geus, choreograaf en antropoloog? Oprichter van Le Grand Cru (https://legrandcru-dance.nl/). Hiphop dansers in Senegal. Trainingsprogramma’s. Ongelooflijk veelzijdig. Dan wel het enthousiaste optreden van Stichting Helden, jongeren uit  Amsterdam Zuidoost, met choreografie van Trisha Agia (http://www.nederlandvolhelden.nl/team)? Wat bleef vooral hangen? Waardering is zo persoonlijk, maar voor mij waren het: Elaine da Silva en Bright Omansa Richards.

Elaine da Silva, geboren en opgegroeid in Zweden, en Kaapverdiaanse roots. Ook in Californie gewoond en nu in Nederland. Schrijft haar nummers zelf. Voor mij als oppervlakkige kenner van West-Afrikaanse muziek zijn de vertolkers van Kaapverdiaanse muziek Cesaria Evora en Lura Criola. Maar nu ook Elaine da Silva. Op haar album vaak begeleid door een band. Dit keer alleen begeleid door een gitarist speelde ze van haar laatste album Nos Voz (Onze Stem) uit 2018 ‘Storia d’Vida’ (zie ook de prachtige video op You Tube). En ook (meen ik) ‘Mama Africa’ ( debuutsingle, ook op You Tube). En het bekende nummer ‘Yamore’ van Salif Keita en Cesaria Evora (ook fraaie video op You tube): ’Olhar de nos crianza ta a tornar brilhar de inocenca’. Een blik op lyricstranslate.com leert mij trouwens dat een Portugese ‘vertaling’ nogal kan verschillen van het Kaapverdiaans. Paulo Bouwman was de gitarist. Geboren in Portugal, opgeleid op het conservatorium in Rotterdam en bekende gitarist in de Kaapverdiaanse gemeenschap. Begeleider van talloze artiesten. Waaronder Lura.  Hij vertelde over zijn manier van gitaarspelen als begeleider. Juist met nylon snaren spelen past bij de Kaapverdiaanse muziekstijl. Krijgt ook inspiratie als hij met lokale gitaristen in de DRC speelt. Hopelijk  gaat het duo de komende tijd meer op tournee.

En vooral Bright Omansa Richards maakte bij mij indruk. Een geweldige podium-artiest die een zaal al snel mee krijgt in zijn enthousiasme, maar ook een zaal stil krijgt als hij zijn persoonlijke verhaal vertelt. Hoe hij in 1993 er in slaagde uit het door burgeroorlog verscheurde Liberia te vluchten. Geboren in 1969. Op jonge leeftijd al actief als maatschappelijk bewuste theatermaker in Liberia.  Pakte deze draad weer op zodra hij in Nederland in een AZC terechtkwam. Verhalenverteller, acteur in films, toneelspeler. Vooral maakte hij indruk met zijn produktie ‘ As I Left My Father’s House’ . En oprichter van zijn eigen stichting New Dutch Connection (https://www.newdutchconnections.nl/), gericht op trainingen aan vluchtelingen, gecombineerd met stageplekken en leerbanen bij grote bedrijven.

Dus een bijzondere middag, gevolgd door een heerlijk Ethiopische maaltijd (verzorgd door Mw. Alem Mnaye, tel.  06 85012751) en toespraak voor Marieke door NVAS-voorzitter Felix Ameka.

Marieke,  bedankt voor dit cadeau!!

Het gehele programma is hier terug te vinden. Voor de presentatie van Javier Lopez Pinon, klik hier.