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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Shado’man: A Documentary about Freetown’s Handicapped ‘Street Boys’

Out of the shadows a massive procession of handicapped young street dwellers appears. We are in downtown Freetown, Sierra Leone, and they move slowly like zombies of the night whilst parts of metal on crutches and wheelchairs glow in the darkness and metallic sounds echo in the otherwise empty street. It’s the opening scene of

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Interrupting Paris Fashion Week

I wasn’t given very much information. Stumbling into the secretive meeting I’d been invited to, an all female brigade greeted me quickly as they pored over a hand drawn map of targets. Drawing on an apparently endless...

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Shameless Self-Promotion

So I released an album this week, and shot my first ever music video for it as well. This is my personal reflection on Sorie Kondi’s original message, integrating footage from his video, and my own from...

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

A view of Sierra Leone

Danish photographer Kim Thue has worked on his ‘Freetown Fifty’ project for around 6 months already, and in March he is going back to finish his work. AIAC got an interview with Kim Thue and the permission...

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

‘Jew-Man Business’ in Sierra Leone

Within the inner city of Freetown, Sierra Leone lies an area known as ‘Belgium’. Hundreds of youth, many of them ex-combatants, are hustling in this area on a daily basis. Jew-Man Business, a documentary made by anthropologists...

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Janka in America

By Chief Boima This past September I had the privilege to see Ahmed Janka Nabay, a Sierra Leonean singer currently living on the U.S. East Coast, perform at an underground party in Brooklyn, New York.  I had...

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The Sierra Leone Show

By Chief Boima I’ve been following Sierra Leonean Vickie Remoe’s lifestyle and culture blog Swit Salone for a few years now.  Blogging from Freetown since 2007, Vickie has been a consistent source of information via the web...

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Driving with Fanon

I am dying to see this film, “Driving with Fanon,” by Steve Kwena Mokwena, a Johannesburg-based artist.  (I first met Steve in London in 2003. Very talented man.)  I should have a copy soon and will report...