MY GERMANY EXPERiENCE
BY ONALETHUSO PETRUSS BUYiLE NTEMA
BA Sociology (UB). Cell 1: +267 73896477. Cell 2: +267 72660907.
Creative Writer and Author, Art Collector/Exhibitor – African Arts and Crafts.
Creative Tourism Agent, Cultural Tour leader and Operations Manager – CHiZO Travel and Tours.
Member, Secretary, Marketing and Public Relations Manager - Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization.
Member – World Youth Alliance, YALI Network, Craft Council of Botswana, CAAO.
Vocalist, Storyteller, Folk Poet, Founder – Mambo & the Nature Voices.
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Thanks to my mother Ndaruka Ntema and my daughter Deczybelle for strengthening me, and Clario Tours & Travel (Boitumelo Wapitso, Kasane), Etsuko Nagayama (Japan), CHiZO Travel & Tours, Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization (CAAO, Kasane), POETAVANGO Spoken word Poetry collective (Maun), Christophe Durand Woba Kélé (Reunion Island), Staff at Ministry of Youth Sport & Culture and Botswana Tourism Organization (Kasane and Gaborone), Ilanga Tours, David Tregilgies (Maun), Kaone Autlwetse (Maun), Nobert Mathumo (Gaborone), Martina and Anna-Maria Postelt with Mr. Hannes and Benno (Germany), Mrs. Tuekarn Monteiro (Germany), Ishyn Gates Media (Botswana) and Phil Aaron (Kasane) for the support and heed. A lot still needs done. Le ka moso! But I am delighted that I have managed to convince myself that it’s possible.
Aliou Badji and the djembe drummers from Senegal at the official opening ceremony of the Market of Nations event, November 9, 2015, Hamburg, Germany.
It had been a hectic six month for the Request(s) of Funding (RFF) and fundraising initiatives since receiving the letter of invitation from the Museum für Völkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) to attend the Markt der Völker (Market of Peoples) event slated for November 11-15, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.
1.1.1 REQUESTS FOR FUNDING (RFF)
The RFF letters sent to different funding sources including government institutions and safari companies since June 12th, 2015 were based on Quotations for travel, visa fees, welfare, and accommodation and related logistics amounting to an estimated BW P84, 286.72 to heed as invited.
A Fundraising Team was assembled, and a resource mobilization model for the trip was devised and it was not an easy one because art is loosely regarded yet appreciated in our country. The fundraisers had to approach government institutions and organizations relevant and conversant with Art, Culture and Tourism but the bureaucracy took long for the responses and had to work a mile further. It was a journey, and still is. The business community was also approached in Kasane, Maun and around Botswana in request for funding but it rendered such efforts futile until I had to utilize the business networks I have to source a portion of the requisite funding as justification for visa application and related procedures thereon.
After 6 months of tireless funds mobilization strategies, I finally received a quarter of the budget from Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture on the 6th October, 2015. Botswana Tourism Organization pledged to pay for courier fees for the books and artworks from Kasane to Hamburg through DHL Express on the 19th October 2015. And some contributions in-kind from Maun and Kasane resident-businesses; Mr. Keabetswe Arabang, Mr. Phil Aaron and Mr. Kaone Autlwetse pledged and contributed. Also my former Headmaster Mr. David Tregilgies handed his support, and the Kasane community contributed through Mr. Moemedi Eric Mazebedi.
The Total monies and in-kind pledges collected amounted to P40,541.20, which is 48% of the budgeted (estimated) P84,286.72, hence P43,746.52 budgetary need and constraint
The funds were limited but able to prioritize and honoured the invitation. However, the Market of Nations event represented Africa’s Cultural Diversity with more than 87 exhibitors from across the globe, and over 2000 visitors daily, for the duration of the festival. And African Arts and Crafts (cc. Onalethuso Ntema) represented Botswana and Southern Africa.
4. LIMITATIONS AND CHALLENGES
Art is relatively considered a recreational service locally, and of course a lot of efforts by government and the general arts industry have made art to become a household tag through initiatives such as competitive art platforms that ultimately rewards the artist short term. However, little is done to empower the arts tourism due to lack of strategic legislative means and approaches despite Botswana’s cultural richness and artistic diversity. Art is a social business that combines talent and platform to generate the desired outputs to the beneficiary, directly (creative cultural tourism businesses) and indirectly (government revenue). The reality is to create a pathway for alternative tourism through social business models that are economically viable and empowering to communities adjacent to conservation areas and natural resources for self-sustenance and local economic stimulation.
4.1 LIMITED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES for independent and Self-Published writers, arts groups and cultural societies. Lack of alternative funding sources and government bureaucracies in heeding to requests or proposals delays the planning and implementation processes in line with requisites such as Visa application and approval, bookings for flights (travel) and accommodation, preparation and packaging of information and marketing materials etc.;
4.1.1 The core funding process proved futile until between October 6th23rd, 2015. Due to time constraint, there was no day left to mobilize more financial resources and had to settle for what was in the basket, which the bulk of the funding sourced had already been spent on communication, transportation and other logistical needs, since June 12th, 2015, to heed as invited. The bureaucratic processes during requests for funding technically impacted on the intentions and objectives of travelling to Hamburg;
4.1.2 The applicant followed-up in almost every if not all stages of requests for funding from the private sector, community based entities and government Ministries relevant to the arts, culture and tourism industries. For almost four months, from date of receipt of the letter of invitation, the resources mobilization strategies implored included initial contacts and emails sent to the tourism networks in Chobe, Ngamiland and Gaborone. A tedious and straining process for the artist who is heading towards sustainable livelihood and local economic development through creative cultural tourism to brand and promote Botswana’s cultural diversity as an alternative or non-consumptive tourism package.
4.2 LOSS OF POTENTIAL BUSINESS due to failure to receive luggage (artworks) in Germany, couriered through DHL Express by Botswana Tourism Organization (Kasane). BTO had pledged to cover courier fees for artworks. Apparently, the items were delayed for clearance at Frankfurt Customs office from November 7, 2015 because there was no accompanying documentation (Invoice/Cover note) detailing the contents and value of the artworks, not even the Airway Bill/ Shipment receipt until I inquired through Botswana Tourism Organization (Kasane) because there were a series of communication in writing detailing the items, whilst in Hamburg, Germany. Through costly telecommunication and email, it became fruitless to get the items until the event ended on November 15, 2015. Language barrier compromised communication with the DHL Frankfurt office and had to engage an Interpreter for ease of communication but to no avail. The event organizers at the Museum of Ethnology also tried their best efforts to justify the quest to clear the items but still could not. It was a complex scenario but ultimately the items reached Hamburg on November 23, 2015 almost a week after the event had ended and I had already arrived back in Botswana. The artworks were then returned back to the sender and I collected them from BTO Kasane on December 2, 2015. Stock value was at P6,000.00+. Loss of business estimated at P100,000.00 or more, taking into account of the magnitude of the event and the calibre of customers frequenting the creative space.
4.3 The exhibitors, many of whom have become regulars at the annual event, have established contacts for their artworks because the event attracts art enthusiasts from all over Europe and Asia to appreciate and buy the antiques and curios. Therefore, the funds were utilized to meet the demand of an event of the highest magnitude. But not enough to establish networks that could stimulate effective business relations between European market and the Botswana (or Chobe in this case) art and cultural products and services.
4.4 COLLECTIVES THAN INDIVIDUAL concept that donors, corporate entities and government initiatives are geared towards deters the individual dedicated creative minds that have and continue to inject and invest a lot of time, energy and their limited resources to drive the artistic wagon. However, even the collectives concept, much as it is highly preferred by donors and autonomous artists and entities needs to be methodologically conducive for creativity as a socio-economic commodity other than short term projects that have intangible impacts on beneficiaries. Creative industries continue to be at the extreme, especially in Chobe district where motivation and acknowledgement of arts and culture need encouraged to involve collectivists, whilst appreciating the reality on the ground. Until recently, there had been no artistic alliance for collective bargaining and advocacy, except uncoordinated social and cultural groups. Hence the establishment and registration of Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization in October 2015.
4.5 PARALLEL STRUCTURES that have the capacity to strengthen and support arts, culture and tourism projects have parallel systems that demand a lot of energy and time for creative industries and artists to make follow ups between. The extent to which Botswana is moving towards art, intangible cultural heritage and cultural revival should be necessitated by providing explicit means to enable such a vision through inter-ministerial collaborations on such matters inferred to in the contents of this report.
5.1 There is need to improve on client/customer feedback on Requests for funding submitted to especially MYSC and BTO, to inform the applicant in order to consider other funding options on time, for proper planning and budget prioritization.
5.2 Creative artists need to network further in order to search for alternative funding opportunities to profile their craft. Moreover, social businesses ought to work as collectives for self-employment, self-sustenance and team building. This would reduce the burden on government reliance. It broadens the funding base.
5.3 Art indeed needs a Trust fund, or a(n) National Arts Council;
5.3.1 In consultation with its stakeholders, including arts organizations, the Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture should develop (or if it has already) and avail a comprehensive Arts and Culture grant for international events to assist and support cultural exchanges, experience sharing, marketing and networking between locals and the international community for a global social unit. Creative industries have been side lined to curtain raise for community events and alienated to the extremes of their remoteness and lack of professionalism in the arts sector. Culture is dynamic and diverse, a tool for social justice and social cohesion, to connect societies.
5.4 If established, the National Arts Council shall serve as the collective voice for arts entities in Botswana. It should, in principle, strengthen arts alliances such as Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization (CAAO) in cognizance with Botswana Society for the Arts, Craft Council of Botswana with National Union for Botswana Artists to collectively lobby and or initiate artistic platforms for arts excellence beyond just the Botswana borders, to fly away far into distant worlds afar, to gather and share the creative seeds for a better world, in partnership with government and corporate entities.
5.5 Art for Social Change it is. Art for Conservation a principle. African Art is an (socio) economic and cultural asset appreciated by the European market since it is relative to the African context and interpretation. There is need to support efforts geared towards establishing and maintaining such networks and access to platforms to showcase and stimulate trade relations between continents.
PART 2: MY GERMANY EXPERIENCE: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HAMBURG - THE PARABLES
“Creative Tourism is travel directed toward an engaged and authentic experience, with participative learning in the arts, heritage or special character of a place, and it provides a connection with those who reside in this place and create this living culture” - Discussion report of the Planning Meeting for the 2008 International Conference on Creative Tourism.
1. MESSAGE FROM MARTINA POSTELT, HAMBURG, GERMANY:
I was very happy -after 6 months of hard work on both sides- to welcome Mambo Ntema, Botswana in Hamburg, Germany. It was only for one week, but a week full of joy, good encounters, networking, interesting sometimes philosophic discussions, music and art. We ate at Volksküche in Hafenstraße, where refugees from all over Africa organise every Monday an African evening with nice food and a film about Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba. We visited KEBAP, an urban permaculture community, which wants to produce decentral and sustainably heat for over 3000 households and support a cultural centre with the surplus. We went to Schule Rellinger Straße where Mambo attended to schooldays in different courses; English/ Creative writing, African life and art, and theatre. We wandered at the big lake Alster in the middle of Hamburg. And all over Mambo walked with good mood or rode on his super machine (bicycle) through the dark, raw, but nevertheless lively streets of Hamburg. I appreciated the various good talks with Mambo about culture and ethic, about sustainable life, social tourism, and village development and especially his presentation and interactive lecture at Museum für Völkerkunde. Everybody is greeting you, and is hoping to see you again, Mambo Ntema!
Ms. Martina Postelt, an active Permaculture advocate and Philanthropist. She is a force behind Mambo's breakthrough in Hamburg - Germany.
Mambo Ntema and Käthe, a teacher working at Schule Rellinger Straße posing for a photo outside the Museum on a brighter cold day in Hamburg, Germany.
Mambo Ntema cycling along the Bernstorffstraße, intermingling with the urban centres of Hamburg, DE.
Artefacts from Burkina Faso from the time 1954 to 1956 in the exhibition. Photo by Martina Postelt.
- MARKETS IN THE MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE
The museum’s markets are an ethnological view on material culture, always lively and with up-to-date references to the present time. Traditional arts and crafts from the most diverse cultures and regions of the world are represented there.
The keywords are “lively museum”: It is all about experiencing a museum with all five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. There are market stands, music, dance, artists, culinary delicacies, a small exhibition and a colourful programme. There are dazzling colours, clanging sounds, and wafting smells.
The Museum für Völkerkunde organizes three markets annually. There is the Easter Market, the Cloister Market and the Market of the Peoples. These three events create a lively commotion in the museum during Easter time, in late autumn and in the festive Advent season. At the Easter and Cloister markets, there are many traditional Christian customs and objects, with a focus on local customs, old traditions and manual skills. The main emphasis is on European culture.
In contrast, the Market of the Peoples is a showcase for artists and craftspeople from all over the world, with stands by aid organisations and Fair Trade activists. New art from Asia, North America, South America, Africa and Asia is on display along with stands containing culinary specialities brought by traders from all over the globe. The Market of the Peoples is the largest and most colourful of the three annual markets in the museum.
Since 2003, all three markets have had topical themes relating to current exhibitions of the museum. The different themes help determine the criteria for exhibitors and the arrangement of the programme.
2. MARKET OF THE PEOPLE
Dialog between cultures is the main focus of the Market of the Peoples. About 70 craftspeople, traders and specialty-dealers acquaint visitors with craft products from all over the world. On one hand, the market is a platform for many different traditional crafts threatened or disappearing as a result of modernisation. The market is also a forum for new trends in the field of these crafts. Some examples include the creation of recycled products using tin cans or telephone wire. Countries from which exhibitors have come in the past include Portugal, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Indonesia, China, Japan, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, South Africa, Canada, Argentina and Guatemala.
The world of handmade crafts is changing constantly. The Museum für Völkerkunde follows this process and provides the opportunity for visitors to experience these exciting changes directly. In the Market of the Peoples, manufacturing techniques are put on display in live performances, through film and other media. We value fair trade highly; we find it important that local economies, small family businesses and other projects are purposefully supported. Through this market, the museum also aims to directly support different craftspeople.
The exhibitors are selected according to the quality of their goods and especially by their interest in the dialog with the museum’s visitors. The exhibitors are almost always experts of their cultural regions and the representatives of aid organisations are always interested in explaining the work of their groups.
The Market of the Peoples is also known for its diverse cultural programme. Musicians, singers and folklore groups give performances; for children there is make-up, crafts, painting and a story-telling workshop. The Market is a festival for the whole family.
Since 2008, each Market of the Peoples has had its own focus. This focus determines the selection of exhibitors and the organisation of the cultural programme. In 2008, the topic was India; in 2009, it was the Indians of North America; in 2010 the topic was Latin America. And 2011 the topic was the Orient. In 2015, it was “Africa’s Cultural Diversity”.
Since 2008, each Market of the Peoples has had its own focus. This focus determines the selection of exhibitors and the organisation of the cultural programme. In 2008, the topic was India; in 2009, it was the Indians of North America; in 2010 the topic was Latin America. And 2011 the topic was the Orient. In 2015, it was “Africa’s Cultural Diversity”.
Important Information: Application process
Are you an exhibitor and are interested in selling your products at the Market of the Peoples? Please include the following information: Your name and some background information, what you will sell, and where your products come from. Please also enclose photographs or demonstration material and send your application to:
Museum für Völkerkunde – Markt der Völker
3. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HAMBURG, GERMANY
The narrative below flashbacks on the tales of travelling to Europe and back to Africa. It is a journey between the lenses and senses. It was a robust one. An adventurous one.
4.1 November 8, 2015
Travelled from Gaborone to Johannesburg via SA Express, and Johannesburg to Frankfurt via SA Express. Reached Frankfurt on the 9th and the flight to Hamburg was cancelled due to strike by Lufthansa employees. Had to take a 5 hour train and reached Hamburg at 13h00. I was totally drained.
4.2 November 9, 2015
It is a creative experience and cultural diversity that reign my littlest imagination but reality tells me that the world is just too close to its human kind, but far from its real. But anyhow you look at it, the question still demands a silent thought.
It may just be that humans have long angered their senses before the sun could rise to shine but I believe creativity and cultural exchange take us further than being human. And so Art without Borders creates such. In fact we are born to pursue, not (to be) pursued.
I have to remind my brained child in me that life is a colorful color of rainbow shadows. It chooses its own kind naturally and I have submitted my vulnerable self to life, because I was born a human, not a color, but prone to be truant when nature calls me. And of course it would render me a senseless being if I enslave my mind to my little self. I have denied not being an island but a community of ideas and people.
Germany is cold but I was delighted for an historic cultural experience and Markt für Völker event. I am happy for the art I have so far seen, observed, expressed and shared with the people in Hamburg. The vegan restaurants are 100%, the faces of Africa's children in masses here is a journey of life and its rainbow shadows. Very inspiration-ally real, the journey.
But the power of spoken word shared is very powerful, creative and more ideas are exchanged in experiences of the next person from the next person to the other. Quite an experience! Graffitti is art. Cycling is pure here, a tradition in Hamburg.
A creative walk and cycling, and had an interactive dinner at the Kitchen and met incredibly mattered souls of nature's and the refugees from Africa. Today, I visited Schule Rellinger Straße, an experimentally creative school and was very much practical Math, Creative writing and Poetry as a communication tool.
Official opening ceremony (performed by Aliou Badji and Djembe drummers)
Cycling back, I lost way, the Afrika in me decided real, for 3 good hours. Thanks to Martina; a Permaculturalist and friend in Hamburg. And tomorrow continues the artistic journey to Völkerkunde Museum.
4.1 November 10, 2015
My business, African Arts & Crafts was represented well despite failure to get through my luggage which was stuck at Frankfurt (customs) for the entire week. I was with a wholehearted woman that reminded me of my great grandmother Mbora. Her name is Mrs. Postelt (Martina´s mother) and I could not believe that at more than 80 years, she still have that energy that defeats my youthful kind. For the whole day, she had our stall on point at the Museum. She still looks strong and walks straight without a walking stick as it would be in the remotest of our own back in Africa. I was inspired. And the Event Organizer(s) is a force to reckon, more often than not.
Some of the artworks (recycled wire) at the African Arts & Crafts stall. This piece of art was made by Taurai (Zimbabwe) and Mambo Ntema.
|Benno (r), his girlfriend Mr. Hannes volunteered their time to assist with sales and customer interaction at the African Arts & Crafts stall.|
I believe that age catches up when you surround your mind and energy with the unusual. This world does not know its people I tell you. And I thank the Creator for such free spirited people in this ideological battle between individualists and collectivists. And of course I have been ignoring to speak out about the other side of my journey because I chose to remain a positive mind. I still remain. Let nature do her own. But there is a lesson. And we learn from such lessons. Art is extremely ignored when it matters. And as artists (in Botswana), we need to stand our feet, otherwise our energies will just be a nightmare. Besides, I am proud of being a Creative artist, nothing can take that away from me, you can hurt or bend me but cannot break or destroy the artist in me.
Mr. Hannes volunteered his time to assist with sales and customer interaction at the African Arts & Crafts stall whilst I went for sightseeing in Hamburg, DE.
Some of the postcards, Tin and Wire art displayed at the African Arts & Crafts stall. Themed ‘Art for Conservation’. The tin art was inspired by Zimbabwe and Mozambique artistic exchanges to promote natural and wildlife resources conservation and utilization through art for sustainable livelihood.
Organizations such as Poetavango Spoken Word Poetry and Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization are close to my heart. They strive for artistic excellence and pride at community level. We need to encourage that more often. And the TEAM effort matters most.
I had just attended the Maun International Arts Festival 2015 from October 25-01 November, 2015 where I performed at the Open Mic Poetry Slam, Poetry Night and the Writers' workshop. The interactive week long creative event ushered in writers and performers from Nigeria/Canada, Uganda, Zimbabwe, USA, South Africa, Namibia, Reunion Island and Botswana to celebrate the artistic excellence, cultural exchange and experience sharing. MIAF is a brand that stands taller in Northern Botswana and is at the country's tourism capital; a gateway to the Okavango Delta and Chobe nature and abundant wilderness reserves. The artists visited Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA), camped together and event went for a Cultural excursion at Sexaxa village (a WaYeyi Cultural village) and a boat cruise in the Thamalakane river as part of the Itinerary.
|Barbara Anderson (Breezy) from Zimbabwe reciting her poetic prowess and metaphorical punchlines at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone|
|Nigerian born Canadian Poet, Mentor and Writer Juliet Kego Ume-Onyindo reading some heartfelt pieces from her journal, at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone|
|Dasha Kelly from USA reciting her poetic prowess and metaphorical punchlines at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone.|
|Botswana's multi-talented Mmakgosi (ft. Teacobouy) reciting her poetic prowess and metaphorical punchlines at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone|
|US Ambassador to Botswana, Mr Earl Miller giving a Word of Encouragement at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone.|
|The duo, Laakai (South Africa) and Mo - Ndi Aphrykah (Botswana) performing a piece at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone|
|Botswana's Academic and Conscious minded Poetess Phopho ignited the audience with her multi-lingual metaphorical punchlines at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone|
|Botswana's Poet-Comedian ?oem the Ansa serenaded his audience with comedy inspired Poetry imagery and wordplay at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone|
|From Uganda, Poet and Facilitator Rashida Namulondo kept the audience captivated by her diverse Poetry showcase at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone|
|Sereetsi & the Natives mesmerised the audience with Folk music showcase at MIAF Poetry Night, Maun Lodge, Botswana on 30 October 2015. Photo credit: Douglas Seremane - US Embassy Gaborone|
4.1 November 11, 2015
I roar in echo as the cold in my toes snails between my teeth. It rains in misty kind and I am told I am a lucky man; it usually is colder than what I felt.
I had to visit the Schule Rellinger Straße for the second time in two frequent days, an experimentally creative school and was very much practical Math, Creative writing and Poetry as a communication tool. I have young friends there, apparently, and perhaps it works when I am too old to walk a mile, that I´d have had an impact on these innocent pupils´ lives as they journey on their careers and life. They are very inspirational, and was too emotional when I looked back in Africa, where my only child still runs through the hot days of Mother nature to a systemic education that would probably make the worst out of her than creative. But of course, probably and actually the reason why I hardly put my head to rest. It’s hard, but I keep on. I wish she´d be proud of me one day, but until then, I have to chameleon with the normative, so long as nature takes its cause upon us. Quite a story to write on.
The indigenous knowledge systems and cultural heritage are the best tools for empowering a young mind. The shared norms and values in Africa have an impact on the socialization and learning processes of the child. Therefore, culture is a dynamic tool for social cohesion and art is a language to interact nations world over...
Presentation slide on Creative Cultural Tourism packages
I did not get lost like yesterday, this time I had to keep an eye closer to my motherly friend, and tomorrow I have to use the map to get through the busy streets. O poor African, open your eyes! Anyway, that's another story, of course rendering an extensive deliberation on the subject matter, to infer best the ideal to the real.
Art is ALIVE. And we ought to keep on. And from now until Sunday, it’s a 10 to 10 work rate. And I am a rural kind that dwells in the modern world, but unfortunately I do not have any picture to share with, but the words. I think it makes more sense. I will share when done! At least a few, to give a clue. Themed Vielfalt Afrika; the Market of Nations event turns 29 years in full force. And tomorrow, 12.11.2015, I Buyile Petrus Onalethuso Ntema will present on Botswana Cultural Diversity through Creative Tourism at 19h00 at the Großer Hörsaal. I am ready for the mass audience! And the AFRICAN ARTS & CRAFTS stall meanders through. My friends, I am humbled. It’s more than meets the eye.
4.1 November 12, 2015, 19h00:
Presentation on ‘Botswana cultural diversity through Creative Tourism: A social business model – the case of Chobe district'. Vortrag mit Gespräch von Onalethuso Ntema, Dichter und Autor (in englischer Sprache), Großer Hörsaal, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg DE. I must say it was really great to lecture here. And Creative Cultural Tourism occupies the vastness of my passion in the social enterprise models at its remotest sense. The villager in me told me to dwell on the subject and creatively manoeuvring between the slides. The audience was very attentive and I did not really matter about the numbers, I mattered about the quality and value-added during the discussion process. And yes, it’s a journey; it has started to start now until then. Communities need this model, and I have sacrificed myself to burden the rural boy in me with this passion. I feel committed to the art.
|For Bookings/Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org #CreativeCulturalTourism Activities.|
The lecture was interactive and some members of the audience showed interest on Creative Cultural tourism packages and inquiries began, for possible travel to Kasane in 2016.
In the evening at around 23h30, we went to a Jam session in downtown Hamburg at Reeperbahn at the Indra Musik Club to feel the vibe and the night atmosphere. I voiced alongside a Live band until 02h00. I jammed some Folk Reggae kind, infused with EuroJazz and the artist in me did not want to catch nature´s sleep.
4.1 November 13, 2015, 08h00-23h00
I woke up in a world of forwardness in me; I took the super machine (bicycle) and headed towards the Museum. I networked and exchanged. It matters most. Perhaps life would seem unnecessarily unnecessary. It was a long Friday, full of strength and the multi-nations voices as the day went on. Martina is a net-worker of collective energy and makes way for a creative mind, and so are the people around her. Books? Yes, I read books. And Ethnography tallies with the strength of a rebel kind, the kind that does not deter their mind from its pieces, if the reader decides not, the thinker pursues. And so is Anthropology.
CAAO Objectives were echoed in the halls of the Museum as Ntema continued to network and market the multi-sectoral arts and cultural entity; a creative tourism social business that incorporates the community participation and involvement in Art for Conservation through income generating initiatives and creative packages to the potentially abundant cultural and arts travellers in Germany, willing to visit CAAO in Chobe district. And Creative tourism is a concept for urban-rural livelihood improvement and community autonomy (self-reliant communities).
4.1 November 14, 2015, 09h00-23h00:
I woke up a little late and took the super machine (bicycle) and headed towards the Museum. I networked and exchanged. But poetic justice snakes through my blood. Not really? May be the person in me can tell us more, later, probably dead. Anyway, I have to summarily put the thought into the concept of Economic Sociology, study of the relationship between society and the market. The field incorporates insights from economics, behavioral psychology, economic anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Structural and cultural approaches largely characterize the studies conducted in the field, with the former associated with networks, institutions, and social organization; the latter, rituals, symbols, cognitive frameworks, and narratives. Economic sociologists study how social networks and relationships affect economic actions, such as the provision of loans, the acquisition of a job, and the successful construction of deals. Empirical studies examine how prices are set, why some pricing schemes that do not seem rational are instead understandable and predictable, and how markets are incorporated into social life, and vice versa.
|Postcard at the Africa Arts and Crafts stall at the Museum of Ethnology's Market of Nations event, Hamburg, Germany|
|Ancient picture of Hamburg, Germany.|
|Art products made from recycled comic books at the Museum of Ethnology's Market of Nations event, Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Martina|
|Joe, a Ghanaian at his stall at the Museum of Ethnology's Market of Nations event, Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Martina|
|Customer interaction at the Museum of Ethnology's Market of Nations event, Hamburg, Germany|
4.2 November 15, 2015, 16h00:
SOUL SEEDS Poetry Reading session. Lesung von Onalethuso Ntema, Dichter und Autor (in englischer Sprache), Großer Hörsaal, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg DE. I interacted on Soul Seeds and the circle of ideas and poetic interpretation was fulfilling.
|Mambo Ntema reading some poems from his self-published poetry anthology SOUL SEEDS: Reality and Mental Inspiration poetry at the Großer Hörsaal, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany. 15 November, 2015.|
|Mambo Ntema giving a teaser of his poetic and folk prowess at the Maun International Arts Festival 2014, Open Mic Poetry Slam session, Maun. Photo: Poetavango|
|Art builds a family, for words are without borders. Chris Woba Kele (left) from Reunion Island interacting with Botswana creatives Thato Molosi, Chief Kunta and Mambo Ntema during MIAF 2015. Photo: Eric 'Mochana' Motswasele.|
|Mambo Ntema #BlakkMambo during a Book Reading photo shoot session at Kasane Hot Springs along the Chobe-Zambezi river. 20 October 2015. Photo: Masule Kachana - DeBoo Photography|
The last few days were very hectic and interesting, and I´d cycle in the rain as dozens more did. And a ´Go well Mambo´ with the family of ideas and practice. I feel warmed by the exchange. Very inspiring. Hopefully tomorrow I will set foot on an iron bird heading back to Africa. I am proud of everyone I met and exchanged with, the need for communities to engage and work as a team to do things collectively. Be it anything. Permaculture, Art and Cultural tourism etc. oneBlood. What a journey.
4.1 November 16, 2015: 18h00-1920, departed Munich at 20h30:
I left Hamburg at 1800hr on Monday to Munich. But the flight between Munich and Johannesburg was an overnight kind, and I had a strangest encounter with an unknown but racist human kind whom, instead of sitting next to me decided to ask for a different seat. I took it as being insecure and fearful of the melanin skin and just rubbished him off to die his lonely self. And yes, it is real, humans still have a long journey to be tolerant of one another.
A long one actually, from ancient times until today and perhaps for ages more. It is a greatest wall between humans and being human; an artificial boundary, a selfish one, an irrelevant kind. O what a foolish one!
4.2 November 17, 2015: 08h30-14h45
I set foot in Johannesburg on Tuesday around 0830hr and had to mingle around the streets of Johannesburg to have a feel of Africa's magic city. I met one frank old man that shared with me a bottle of water and told me that he was once in exile in Botswana, a long time ago and he urged me to continue 'walk the journey' to emancipate the African child from modern slavery and racial torture. He was an inspiration.
I have friends in Johannesburg and we exchanged on some few poetic metaphors to inspire the creative minds further. I felt as though clouds had fallen over my shoulders, I felt the raindrops of yesterday's storm.
I manoeuvred, whilst waiting for a flight from Jo’burg to Gaborone which took off at 1200hr. On arrival in GBE at 1445hrs, I called on to tell my daughter that I am still alive, she was worriedly happy, I promised her that I will be in Maun early December, she seemed ok with it. I was not convinced though, still not, but headed to Mmopane to check on Madala Woba Kélé and spent a night there, sharing my Europe experience with, and plans for the artistic kind.
4.3 November 18, 2015
And the next morning, headed North but Central. And of course I received more than 100 calls from all corners of this beloved land Botswana. Thank you for being there when nobody did. Few people understand the artistic journey, but we need everyone on board. Despite challenges encountered, I am a strong man. It’s part of life.
Art is an economics of the abstract language, the multi-interpretative yet complex but simple, the epitome of the ideal but real. But often lost in shaded textures of human interactions as gestures collide in the physical when emotions reveal the animal in human. I do not seek the tension. But words as they collide creatively, to feed us more with dozens of imaginative yet realistic dimensions of existence (and death in gothic artworks). My mind is super truant but I try hide my innocence as dark as a dark cloud beneath thunderstorms. And I can confess that at most, what I write is purely imaginative but real, because I am an active social being; a social actor. I am not as normative but nomadic in trying to feed my thirsty dynamics of the world view around that surrounds me. I am as curious as a new born. I wish I could just write or sketch when it does detain me to, but I am a captive of a human. Always captured in a series of words connecting to the other like voices in echoes. I rendered to be vulnerable; perhaps I'd find a soulmate within me. Art is. And the bonding blends with time, as time tells its own. Yet to find the Silent Seeker; the Orator of words on a canvas, the painter, the sculptor, the singer, the speaker of words spoken, the farmer's seed soils, the lonesome, the fearless, the cruel, the jewel, the mermaid, the ape. But apes have their own human kind. And I am their human kind. For I am. Just for them. And us all, like monkeys and all things on the planet. We are objects and atoms of our time. Yet the future knows none of us, unless the art is revealed in our golden stories. And shared amongst us, because we are human; artistic human of the kind to create from thought to speech or textured. Beneath silent rivers, mountain cages, sacred jungles, broken traces, fallen faces and so on. Art is a history. A mystic. A victim of our thinking and wishes...” - Abstract notes from Art is... poem. Langá maye!
Ntema, OPB (#BlakkMAMBO)
Mrs. Tuerkan Monteiro - Board Secretary - Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg, Germany
CHIZO TRAVEL & TOURS, Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture, Botswana Tourism Organization, ILANGA Tours, Mr. David Tregilgies, Mr. Kaone Autlwetse, Mr. Phil Aaron, Eric Mazebedi (representing the Fundraising team).
Travel Agent: CLARIO Travel & Tours, Kasane
Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization (CAAO).
BlakkMambo Media, DeBoo Photography, ISHYN GATES Media
cc. Juby Peacock, Chris Woba Kele