Art Moves Africa: the Mobility Fund of Artists & Cultural Operators within Africa

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Qudus Onikeku (dancer and researcher)

Excerpt of the report: 

"Do we need Coca-Cola to Dance?" is a research project that takes us around 5 countries in Africa, the whole idea being to propose an alternative art movement in Africa. We performed in strictly non-conventional spaces, ranging from bus stops, market places, malls, squares, under bridges, university surroundings, beaches, as well as youth centres. During the tour we also had the opportunity of meeting several artists, organizers, producers and audiences who we had various interviews with, as material for our documentary film and book.

Money they say can buy riches and make dreams come true, true talk but during our tour, I met people of humanity, those who gave all they could afford, just for our talent and knowledge. It made me understand that success in artistic terms is not how many riches or how much fame one is able to acquire but how many people's lives are touched, how many I have been able to leave an impression behind for.

Lagos, Nigeria
Dakar, Kinshasa, Nairobi, Antananarivo, Johannesburg, Maputo, Cairo and Tunis
Mobility project: 
To complete a research project titled “Do we Need Coca-Cola to Dance?,” involving the publication of an essay and the production of a documentary on African dance.
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