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12 Artists from across the globe will travel through 12 nations of Africa to work towards peace and sustainable development.

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Support Ife for The Great African Caravan

12 Artists from across the globe will travel through 12 nations of Africa to work towards peace and sustainable development.

International creative campaign for Global Goals

12 Artists from across the globe will travel through 12 nations of Africa to work towards peace and sustainable development.

The Great African Caravan (GAC) will begin in South Africa on 15th August 2018 and move through Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan to conclude in Egypt in 2019.

12 artists from Uganda, India, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Argentina, and Kosovo, almost 50 partner organizations from the hosting countries, the executive team and many more have worked together for 2 years to design the GAC. Their collaborative efforts will continue to work towards building peace, celebrating cultural diversity, embracing the spirit of global citizenship. The Caravan team is devoted to attain, spread awareness about Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and becoming an accelerator for initiatives and efforts put to attaining the SDGs across the globe.

In each nation, the artists will collaborate with local partners working on specific SDG. It will bring in Youth Networks, Artistic Networks, individual artists, representatives from civil societies to strategize & design solutions for local problems. The team will conduct workshops on using art for Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, Healing post-violence trauma, Building Community, fight climate change and more.  

Simultaneously, the artists will create individual and collaborative artwork for the global audience to engage with, be enriched, entertained and learn from their experiences. At the end of the project, the team GAC will express their learning and insights through a Comic book, multiple documentaries, docu-features, mural work, coffee table book of photographs, poetry series, music videos, blogs and more. The mission does not end with the project. These artworks will initiate dialogues, stir discussions, spark debates and gather more support from around the globe.

The Nation-Wise SDG Themes Will Be:

South Africa:Quality Education; Mozambique: Climate Action; Zimbabwe: Peace, Justice and Strong Institution; Zambia: No Poverty; Malawi: Reduce Inequalities; Tanzania: Peace, Justice & Strong Institution; Rwanda: Good Health and Wellbeing; Uganda: Good Health & Wellbeing, Sustainable Cities & Communities; Kenya: Life on Land, Climate Action; Ethiopia: Gender Equality; Sudan: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Egypt: Gender Equality, Peace, Justice & Strong Institution.

My Crazy Team!!

And we have a Filmmaking and Social Media team in who will be traveling with us to support us throughout the 200 days !! Oh Yes 200 Days !!!

Some of the Content that we will create includes :

After Our Travel we plan to compile and showcase our collective work in 4 Continents in a variety of ways including :

  • Video Web Series
  • Photography Book
  • Photographic Prints
  • PostCards
  • An Exhibition in the above 12 Countries plus the countries the artist originally belong.

OUR PARTNERS

 

Social Impact

Awareness: The Great African Caravan in its 200 days of continuous engagement is aiming to spread the awareness of the goals to 5 million people with a direct and indirect involvement of Government, Public, Non profit organizations and the corporates to better engage locally and globally take action. Mobilising the Youth: The 80+workshops, in 12 countries for 17 goals will engage the youth in the schools, universities and corporates to to be part of the growing SDG network worldwide to highlight the problems, discuss solutions, solve them through innovation and civil harmony. Highlight the local problems: Our Camera crew will be filming, talking to the non profits in each of the countries to discuss the problems specifically identified through the goals and highlight them to the world to take action. Mobilising funds: The Great African Carvan will promote the partner organisations to raise funds along the journey to each of these identified problems.

26th July, 2018

Farewell Fundraiser Saturday 11th August 4pm til late

With the support of the Rasta Kitchen I will be hosting the Farewell to Ife Fundraiser. Sumptuous vegetarian food and drink will be on offer,including Sorrel and Pepper tea in the beautiful garden of the poet Black Russian. We will have a reasoning corner, games for the children, documentary showings and bonfire. Sobunfu Some spoke about the importance of feeding the road for 'safe passage'. i hope people will come and share their positive word sound to bless my journey. There will also be an open mic freestyle session for all who want to wax lyrical Entry is 10,000 ugx plates at 5,000 ugx peace

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26th July, 2018

Who is Ife Piankhi?

I started travelling with my mum Ismay Nimblette. She took me and my brother Peter to church conventions in seaside towns and northern counties, the Caribbean and the Americas. I always loved loading the car with duvets and pillows so I and my brother could sleep in comfort. The packed lunches of corned beef sandwiches and a packet of crisps were always the snack of our adventures. In church I learnt to memorize and perform poems. The first time I was 11 years old and received a standing ovation and an encore. The biggest influence on my poetry however was Benjamin Zephaniah. I saw him for the first time when I was 13 at the Avenues Youth Club on the Harrow road where my sister Debbie was a youth worker. He sparked my love of spoken word as a performance art that could inspire and prompt critical thinking about my environment and my identity as an African Caribbean child living in the UK. I began travelling alone at 18. As an exchange student I travelled to the US and stayed a year. Absorbing rural American life on an army base in Missouri. Known as the state at the beginning of the Bible belt I was introduced to the history of the Native Americans and their Trail of Tears. The journey that took them to reservations, their blankets infected with small pox. From a young age I have been interested in social justice and the narratives of people, often ignored or misrepresented by colonial masters. After returning from America which was the catalyst for my exploration of my African origins. I began performing in a poetry duo called Amazon. We were fierce militant female poets dressed in camouflage dresses who performed in clubs. I spoke about my anger, my frustrations and the racism I encountered. My work also took on nostalgic elements as I was learning about the greatness of African civilizations which I was not taught in school. Through my poetry I tried to cope with the insecurity I felt as a young Black British female and the injustices I witnessed in my community. My travels in Africa began with the British Councils Interaction Leadership program which lasted for 18 months and involved a Pan African convening in Zambia to meet grassroots leaders from 19 African nations. I met Kenneth Kaunda and reasoned with him about being a vegetarian African leader. A rare occurrence on the continent! I performed a poem for him and his vice president based on the distilled conversations from the trainings and conference which crystallized my ‘Ubuntuness’ a quality that includes the essential human virtues of compassion and humanity. Back in the UK I joined Back to Blakk and met my mentor Viv Ahmun. An avid reader I was introduced to the writings of Muata and Karen Ashby, Shola Arewa and Dr Llaila O Africa, who I later studied with and invited to the UK for a lecture and training tour. I created an organic food coop with the support of raw food practitioner Derin Bepo. I was very active in the African Caribbean community. Volunteering was an important part of my activism. I taught African history at supplementary school Aim School of Knowledge for 5 years and decided to home school my children. Encouraged by Viv I participated in the working committee at the Home Office who were tasked with responding to the McPherson report published after the death of teenager Stephen Lawrence. As I result I coordinated the Identity and Difference project in Sutton exploring race and identity with youth in the borough. I also worked with Merton Volunteer Centre supporting youth to create their own volunteer opportunities for Linking Communities project. In 2009 I repatriated to Uganda. Working with In Movement Art for Social Change I refined my approach to teaching using Creative Facilitation. This approach has allowed me to utilize my passions which include poetry, yoga/well being, environment, creative expression and African pre history and culture. In 2017 I had my first solo visual art exhibition/installation. Entitled To be or not 2B? I created poetry paper panels and mandalas exploring identity, migration and mourning. It is as a result of this work that I got invited on to the Great African Caravan. This year I published my first collection of poetry My African Scar available on Amazon and in Kindle format supported by the Paul Kipchumba Foundation. My contribution to the caravan as the only African Caribbean female in the group is to bring my unique historical, cultural and creative expression to the group in order to challenge existing narratives. My commitment to the continent is to directly tied to the development of African women who due to gender based violence, war, and patriarchal conditioning are often repressed and unable to realize their full potential. African women as the drivers of the continent are often undervalued. Through my creative work on the caravan I hope to inspire them to challenge the status quo and liberate themselves from limiting beliefs. I will be pushing creative boundaries and cultural norms to produce work that is provocative, transformational and healing in order to create pockets of happiness. Peace To find out more about my work visit www.ifepiankhi.com

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