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Cacheu Cuntum | new film by Welket Bungué portrays the slavish past

In his new project, he shows the Cacheu region and its colonial past linked to the slave trade.

The city of Cacheu, located on the banks of the Chaceu River, was in the past an important warehouse for the disposal of enslaved people.

These were captured and taken to various places on the west coast of Africa to be sold. In his new project, director Welket Bungué intends to show the world the place with a landmark of a historic past.

“I was in Guinea-Bissau between May and June 2019 and I was filming with a mobile phone the different places I went passed. And that is why it resulted in a collection of scattered images, in some way”

Welker says.”My trip to Cacheu was fundamental because at the same time I filmed the landscapes, I also recorded the meeting I had with the guide for the Memorial for Slavery and the Black Traffic”. A year after the visit to Cacheu, he decided to produce the documentary film and also show some popular towns in Guinea-Bissau — thus recovering colonial history.

“At that time, all slaves leaving Guinea-Bissau passed through Cape Verde and were then sent to Maranhão in Brazil. At the time, Brazil developed sugar cane production, hence the objective of taking slaves there.” Adds Welket.

The Cacheu fort, by the sea is one of the strategic places that transports visitors to the period marked by the Portuguese colonial presence.

Highlighting the figure of Honório Pereira Barreto, former Portuguese slave trader. In the film, the director also tries to rescue the “historical sovereignty” of Guinea-Bissau, and the memories of the places where he passed. In addition to the need to preserve the past, it also intends to make known a new Guinea-Bissau.

He also says that “in this film, the objective is to show that Guinea-Bissau is still undergoing a process of profound transformation that everyone knows”.

According to director Welket, the film is legends of in Portuguese and English and with strong possibilities to be selected for international festivals due to the anthropological and historical themes it addresses.

Meanwhile, another film by the director “Bustagate”, premiered on Thursday (11/19) in Portugal, at Festival Caminhos.Welket Bungé was distinguished on Thursday (11/19) as the best actor at the Stockholm Film Festival.

The award is a recognition for his performance in the film “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, by director Burhan Qurbani. The film was also voted for the best movie award in the official competition.

Written by: Cristina Lopes Da Fonseca

Source: http://www.dw.com/pt http://www.Koffieluso.pt

BENFICA Bissau hired two players for the women’s team

Forward Flemato Sanó and Leonarda Cá are the new signings of the female team of the Eagles of Bissau for the 2020-2021 season.


Athletes signed a one-year contract with the club led by Wilson Pereira Batista. They never played the championship organized by the FFGB but they played in their sectors.
Female Sanó known as “Neymar” is from the sector of Caine, region of Tombali, while Leonarda Cá came from the team from the island dis Bijagós. The footballers were introduced at the club’s headquarters in Bissau, and were discovered by the Prospecting and Player Assessment team at the Bissau club.


Leonarda Cá thanked the direction of the club for the opportunity to reach the squad said that it is a dream that was contracted as eagles player.

On the other hand, Flemato Sanó told reporters that Benfica is a great club, champion in title and promises surprises for Benfica fans.
The Club Manager, after the presentation of the two new signings, revealed that one of the priorities of the club management is betting on the female team, as recommended by FIFA.


“FIFA is betting on the development of women’s football and the club must follow this dynamic. The women’s team will be almost equated to the men’s team, because both are senior teams from Benfica and we cannot make a difference between both.” Said Wilson Pereira.
The female team of Sport Bissau e Benfica started to compete officially 4 years ago in the national championship and in the 2018-2019 season it was crowned champion.
Last season women’s teams
did not compete due to the pandemic of the new corona virus.

Source : O Democrata

Written By: Cristina Fonseca

Braima Djata launches his 3rd collection of African-inspired garments dubbed “Banhina Ferre”

The activist, model and personal trainer Braima Djata released his new collection of African-inspired clothing named “Banhina Ferre” — a term which means “ Nô djubi djitu ” (let’s find a way) in the West African native language, Balanta.

Nobalur Team in Guinea-Bissau

Djata, who is also a representative of the company NOBALUR since 2017 (the year he started selling his clothes), is well known for his philanthropy and for being involved in several donations across Guinea-Bissau.

Braima Djata and Catarina Furtado

His inspiration came from the renowned stylist São Bibas and her daughter Bianca, who played a big part in introducing him to the world of fashion. After being involved in several fashion shows, for both national and international brands, the model decided to create his own clothing line.

Braima Djata modelling for Bibas

In May 2018, Djata introduced the world to his new brand named BD, which stands for his initials (Braima Djata), at the well-known TV program BEM-VINDOS, aired in Portugal by the channel RTP. Two years later, he decided to launch his 3rd collection in a digital and professional manner due to the lack of a physical store.

©️ KAKU20 | Banhina Ferre Collection
©️ KAKU20 | Banhina Ferre Collection
©️ KAKU20 | Banhina Ferre Collection

“I opted for a style of clothing that identifies with me, and generally, this is the style of clothing that I would use on Galas and ceremonies of great importance.”

“This 3rd collection focuses more on males, because there is a higher demand coming from them whenever they see me with the clothes.”

Braima Djata promises that soon there will be a collection made for females only.

The new collection is already available for purchase at the NOBALUR STORE on Instagram.

Written by: Francisco Quijera

Nampili Collection by AR The Brand That Makes a Difference.

“Nampili” is the name of the new collection by the stylist and designer Anderson Rodrigues.

Why did choose this name?

I named my collection Nampili because it means in the Mandjaco ethnic group “Badjuda’” (girl) It’s a tribute to my beloved mother who belongs to that ethnic group.

Where does the inspiration for this collection come from?

Inspiration came from the great black women; who in politics, cinema and the fashion industry fought hard for black women to be considered beautiful, too. And also fought to occupy their spaces in society and in major decision-making.

How was the whole creation process?

The process took 5 months until the final product.

What do you expect from this collection?

I hope this collection will be seen in every corner of the world, because I worked really hard to achieve the result that people are now seeing.

How is the audience reacting since the launch?

The public has given very positive feedback, it was what I wanted and thank God everything went well.

What materials did you use on the?

Nampili Collection 2020

The materials I used were the basic ones that we all use, fabrics with African prints and some western ones too — plus everything about my touches and my way.

Did you have support from any brand or someone for this collection?

I didn’t receive any financial support from anyone and no other brand. I was collecting small funds, buying the accessories little by little, the fabrics…everything was calmly planned and well thought out in every detail– but I always had moral support from my friends and also my uncle with whom I live.

Have you ever used our ‘pano de pinti’ in any of your collections?

Yes I’ve used our fabrics many times, my pieces were 90% made of ‘pano di pinti’. I just don’t do it now because it’s costly to bring the fabrics to London, but I do it, yes, a lot.

When did you start liking the fashion area?

I started to like fashion since high school. I always liked to be the different guy and always transformed my clothes so that I didn’t look like my classmates. After finishing high school, I went to study in Senegal and then I went to a modelling agency. Since than things have been flowing to this today.

Do you have any training in the field of fashion?

In Senegal I took an intensive fashion course for 3 months which I didn’t get to finish it because I had to go back to Guinea. But it is one of them ones, I had to go back to Guinea, however it is one of my goals now.

Do you have a family stylist?

I don’t have a stylist in my family or a tailor or anything like that.

If you weren’t a stylist what would you like to be?

If I weren’t a stylist, I would be a model or a dancer, because there are two other things that I also have a gift for.

Where can we find your clothing brand?

My brand can be purchased from me through my Facebook and Instagram.

How has the pandemic affected your life?

As I said before, this pandemic has changed the world and I am not left out. Since all my plans for this year have stood still, the bright side that seemed almost impossible to exist was the discovery of sewing — I had never done it before. And having more time to create, develop ideas, think well about life and my plans.

Have you ever done an International show?

I already participated in an international fashion show in Senegal in 2017, AEGBS fashion show.

What do you think about Guinean fashion?

Guinean fashion is evolving, I can say, frankly, but rather evolving. Because there are now many young people in the area of styling, as well as models, and people have already joined the fashion shows. Nowadays you do manage to have a full room at a Guinean fashion show; people do pay to attend fashion events.

Who inspires you in the fashion world? And outside of it who are your idols?

The people who inspire me in fashion are: Dina Adão, Umo Sy, Adama Paris, and my idol is Oliver.

How is Anderson Rodrigues out of fashion in everyday life?

Anderson Rodrigues out of fashion is a very nice young man, outgoing, I like to be with my friends, to talk, and to see some fashion contests. I like to cook and I love to dance.

Describe you in 3 words?

I am authentic, a dreamer and daring.

Indicate three qualities and three defects of yours?

Three qualities: kind, sincere and a good partner.
Three bad traits: impatient, anxious and lazy.

What is your biggest dream in fashion?

My biggest dream is to be an internationally known stylist, thus being able to take African culture, African fashion, African fabrics to the highest levels of fashion, breaking barriers, taboos and prejudice.

Written by: Cristina Fonseca

Translated by: Francisco Quijera

UN offers digital equipament to preserve Guinea-Bissau history

The National Institute of Studies and Research and the National Library Of Guinea-Bissau, the Guyanese Association of Documentalists, Archivists and Librarians presented new digital equipment offered by the UN to preserve the country’s history.


“With this equipment, we are committed to creating a digital library for Guinea-Bissau” stated Director General of the Iaguba Djaló Library.


Due to the 1998 and 1999 Civil War, most of the historical documents and archives of various public institutions were destroyed.
The recovery of this memory will be possible through digital equipment that will allow 120,000 documents, 3,000 photographic images, 8,000 films and 4,000 microfilms to be digitised.


Iaguba Djaló affirms that it is a difficult job to limit in time due to two aspects, first aspect the well-trained and motivated human resources, financial and transport means.


The second aspect is the preservation of documents due to the tropical climate with excessive and temperatures that can be harmful to organic matter.


It also suggests the rehabilitation of buildings so that the necessary conditions for the preservation of documents are created.

Written by: Cristina Lopes Da Fonseca

Source: Noticias ao Minuto