Dear Friends of Mama Africa!

Yesterday around 6 pm the entire village of Batokunku, friends, relatives and others has witnessed the last demolishing of our main buildings including the great museum and the wonderful guesthouses. We could see lots of tears, desperation and we have felt a great respect and love towards us and an immense appreciation for all we have done for the village and the country. Members of the “Mama Africa Family” got nervous breakdowns and we had to take them away from the scene – heartbreaking moments.

At the moment we are staying with of a German friend, our remaining things are stored in several places in Batokunku and from next week on we will be able to stay in a house that Ishas cousins isn’t using for the moment. Thanks to both of them. It seems, on this side, we have found a solution. Today one of our main project partners, responsible for our medical project, is arriving to help finding a way out for our students, the weekly consultation-hours and the construction of the medical centre in Batokunku.

From the bottom of our heard we are appreciating all your efforts to support us. But please, don’t send protest notes, etc. to the authorities. It will endanger our future and a new Mama Africa. Please, respect and understand. We still don’t know WHY all this has happened, but we are sure it isn’t anything personal against one of us or against our engagement in art & culture and women’s empowerment. As soon as we get to know the bigger picture we will let you know

We also like to say “Sorry!” not to respond to every of your encouraging mails. Maybe some friends hasn’t even got the news. Please, forward the message to your friends, relatives, partners … We are very busy and at the same time we have to consider so many things. But be assured that all your mails been highly appreciated and helping us to face such a unfortunate situation. Thanks!

Isha and Bernd

Dear Friends of Mama Africa!

It was an overwhelming response to our last mail about the end of Mama Africa. We like to say “Thank you!”, “Thank you!”, “Thank you!” giving us hope and encouraging us to continue the work we have started. After the first shock and, of course, the chaos caused by moving from one minute to the other, today we are strong, well, and full of courage to start new again. Some urgent problems have to be solved, e.g. find a place to stay, but we want to face the new challenge!

Some friends have asked us to open a kind of solidarity fund. Every contribution will be very helpful and we appreciating this initiative a lot. We have helped so many people these last five years, sorry, now we are in need. The tragedy has left us almost without any resources …

Thank you!”, “Thank you!”, “Thank you!”

Isha and Bernd

Dear Friends of Mama Africa!

This is sad news: The amazing story of Mama Africa – women’s museum & art centre – has come to a sudden end! Based on a letter from the government our part of the village was declared as a reserved area. End of last week we and our neighbors have got an ultimatum of 48 hours to demolish all our structures. We were trying to negotiate with the government, but yesterday, August, 29th, the authorities have started to knock down our fences and parts of our buildings. We had just one hour to pack all our things including all artworks and cultural artifacts. Thanks to hundreds of helpers appearing from nowhere we could manage to rescue most of our properties.

We like to say “Sorry!” to all our project partners. We will not have the chance to continue with any of our projects because we still don’t know where we will stay the next days/weeks and what we will do after all these trouble. A big “Thank you!” for the good times and all your efforts! We also have to say “Sorry!” to our other partners and coming guests. We will not be able to accommodate guests at Mama Africa.

At the moment we are very worried, desperate, hopeless and even homeless – our dream of a lifetime is gone and we have nothing left than wonderful memories of a great achievement …

All the Best from the West!

Isha und Bernd

Hallo!
Wir hoffen doch, es geht euch allen gut und ihr hattet einen wunderbaren Sommer! In der Zwischenzeit waren wir fleißig und haben versucht, “Mama Africa” noch schicker und interessanter zu gestalten. Inzwischen werden wir als “best Location” im Lande gehandelt – sagen zumindest die Tourismus Verantwortlichen. Wer sich davon überzeugen möchte, ist herzlich eingeladen! Neben den bekannten Fliegern:
http://travelpoort.nl/Gambia/Banjul/Vliegticket_Gambia_Seat_only.html?productgroup=ALGV (ab Amsterdam) und
http://www.brusselsairlines.com/com/ (ab Brüssel, FRA oder anderen Airports)
gibt es neue Verbindungen, bzw. Condor fliegt wieder ab November:
http://www.corendon.nl/vakanties/gambia (ab Amsterdam)
http://www.condor.com/ibe/cfi/de/offersLong/flightOffersListView.xhtml;jsessionid=0DF7B499B6B99E2A1579CB63676E04AE.ibe02 (ab Frankfurt)
diese beiden Flüge und Travelpoort kosten ab 500 Euro, Brussels Airlines ist teurer, aber komfortabler und flexibler.
Die “Regenzeit” ist in Gambia jetzt vorbei. Wir erwarten für die nächsten acht Monate 25-30 Grad, leicht bewölkt mit leichter Brise. Abends kann es abkühlen, wir sind nur fünf Minuten vom Meer entfernt. Inzwischen hat Mutter Natur – und der Regen – dafür gesorgt, dass unser “Dschungel” mit wunderbaren Pflanzen, Blüten, Früchten und interessanten Vögeln herrlich gewachsen ist. Wer möchte, kann sich einfach nur erholen oder auch ein wenig Afrika erfahren. Wohnen kann man in unseren komfortablen und künstlerisch gestalteten Häusern – siehe Anhang! Noch Fragen? Bitte stellen!
Bitte diese Infos fleißig an Freunde, Bekannte und Partner weiter mailen! Danke!

All the Best from the West!

Isha und Bernd
“Mama Africa”
women’s museum & art centre
Isha Fofana / Bernd Ax
Batokunku / The Gambia
Phone: 00220 7450 730 (Isha)
Phone: 00220 7333 780 (Bernd)

www.mama-africa-gambia.org

info@mama-africa-gambia.org
www.womeninmuseum.net/blog/?cat=22
Skype: berndax1

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The new Art Residence “Musu Kunda” (“Home of the Women” – men are, of course, welcomed too). Guests are calling this place already our “small paradise”:

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“Mama Africa”
women’s museum & art centre
Isha Fofana / Bernd Ax
Batokunku / The Gambia
Phone: 00220 7450 730 (Isha)
Phone: 00220 7333 780 (Bernd)www.mama-africa-gambia.orginfo@mama-africa-gambia.org
www.womeninmuseum.net/blog/?cat=22
Skype: berndax1

Hallo!

Schaut mal rein!
http://www.presseanzeiger.de/meldungen/urlaub-reise/560555.php
All the Best from the West!

Bernd

“Mama Africa”
women’s museum & art centre
Isha Fofana / Bernd Ax
Batokunku / The Gambia
Phone: 00220 7450 730 (Isha)
Phone: 00220 7333 780 (Bernd)
www.mama-africa-gambia.org
info@mama-africa-gambia.org
www.womeninmuseum.net/blog/?cat=22
Skype: berndax1

 The new internet homepage of “Mama Africa”!

 

www.mama-africa-gambia.org

 

 

“Mama Africa”
women’s museum & art centre
Isha Fofana / Bernd Ax
Batokunku / The Gambia
Phone: 00220 7450 730 (Isha)
Phone: 00220 7333 780 (Bernd)
www.mama-africa-gambia.org
info@mama-africa-gambia.org

www.womeninmuseum.net/blog/?cat=22
Skype: berndax1

Dear Friends!

On Friday, Jan. 6th., the CNN show “Inside Africa” will include my interview. Inside Africa is a weekly, half-hour, feature program that gives global viewers an insight into the diverse cultural trends and personalities that help define Africa beyond the traditional headlines.

Showtimes (all times GMT)
Friday: 17.30
Saturday: 11.30, 18.30
Sunday: 04.30, 15.30
Monday: 05.30
Wednesday: 08.30
The interview took place in Washington DC during my visit to the USA in Sep./Oct. whiles being a part of the AWEP – African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program: This multi-regional project showcases women’s entrepreneurial advancement in the U.S., provides a firsthand observation of successful business practices, and introduces advocacy and networking models.  The women were visiting private companies, business incubators, financial institutions, schools and mentoring programs.  The project is designed for participants to develop practical business knowledge, leadership skills and the ability to forge lasting networks.  AWEP seeks to equip the women with tools and opportunities for them to accelerate the growth of their businesses, become leaders in their communities, and drive further social and economic progress in their nations.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier
professional exchange program.  Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.  These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. You will be joined on the program by a cohort of professional colleagues from all around the world.
 
Please forward this information to friends …!
All the Best from the West!

Isha and Bernd

“Mama Africa”
women’s museum & art centre
Isha Fofana / Bernd Ax
Batokunku / The Gambia
Phone: 00220 7450 730 (Isha)
Phone: 00220 7333 780 (Bernd)
www.mama-africa-gambia.org
info@mama-africa-gambia.org

www.womeninmuseum.net/blog/?cat=22
Skype: berndax1

Dear All,
this just came through from DC: Isha’s feedback about her experience at Secretary Clinton’s 2011  African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2011:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SbhmIjrNSo
 
Please, also note Secretary Clinton’s remarks to the women. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GbiFRZJdug
 
All the Best from the West!

Bernd

“Mama Africa”
women’s museum & art centre
Isha Fofana / Bernd Ax
Batokunku / The Gambia
Phone: 00220 7450 730 (Isha)
Phone: 00220 7333 780 (Bernd)
www.womeninmuseum.net/blog/?cat=22
Skype: berndax1

Hallo!!!

Enjoy the webcard with a song from Mama Africa Cultural Group:

Hier gibt es eine nette WebCard mit Musik von der Mama Africa Cultural Group:
http://www.gambiaswissfriends.ch/freecards/index.php?act=do_pickup&id=51ed908ce3

All the Best from the West!

Bernd

“Mama Africa”
women’s museum & art centre
Isha Fofana / Bernd Ax
Batokunku / The Gambia
Phone: 00220 7450 730 (Isha)
Phone: 00220 7333 780 (Bernd)
www.womeninmuseum.net/blog/?cat=22
Skype: berndax1

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