Journalists in residence
The goal of the renovation of the AfricaMuseum is to profoundly transform the dynamics of the institution.
To support this objective, the museum is organising residences for journalists and authors from Africa.
- Journalist and/or author residences last four to eight weeks.
- These residences enable journalists and/or authors to produce journalistic or literary content associated with the new museum.
Objectives of the project
- Offer a different perspective and approach in an African context.
- Create new narratives relating to the museum.
- Publish these narratives.
- Help publicise the museum's new image.
- Support dialogue between museum representatives and African academics.
- Expand the professional networks of Africans.
Denise Maheho (September & December 2018)
Denise Maheho is a journalist from Radio Okapi in the city of Lubumbashi, DRC.
“I had the opportunity to be the first participant of the Residence for Journalists project at the RMCA. For more than ten days, I met not only the institute’s scientists, but also Congolese artists and scientists conducting research at the museum. This residency has given me the chance to learn about the RMCA’s projects in the DRC. I also participated in a conference called ''Sharing the Past and the Future: Building a Common Future between Africa and Europe''. It was a great experience to listen to discussions on, for instance, the decolonization of the Museum, or the restitution or sharing of ethnographic objects kept in museums. Very fascinating.”
Denise Maheho has been working at the museum for two weeks in September as a journalist-in-residence.
Listen to some of her radio emissions for Radio Okapi (in French):
- Des objets ethnographiques conservés dans les Musées Occidentaux : Restitution ou partage du patrimoine culturel
- Quel est l’apport du Musée Royal d’Afrique centrale en Belgique sur la vie des Congolais en RDC ?
- Interview avec Didier Reynders, le vice-premier ministre belge chargé des Affaires étrangères