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Allocation of professional card to journalists in Guinea-Bissau

The correspondence of the newspaper Expresso in Bissau, and one of the most respected Guinean journalists Fernando Jorge admitted that the attribution of the portfolio to journalists in Guinea-Bissau, will allow a sanitation in the country’s Social Communication sector.

“With the attribution of the professional card there will be a sanitation in our class, because it is not enough to read a statement and consider yourself a journalist. In this plan, I think that it depends on us and the team that is in front of this institution, the documents that they will demand and the evidence to assign the wallet is not just paying a fee or photography “explained Fernando Jorge.

According to the journalist, the attribution of the professional portfolio does not depend solely on the selection or screening that the portfolio commission is doing, but also depends on the economic health of the media companies.

It also warns of the need for serious investment in the country’s media companies, thus mitigating the level of precariousness to which professionals in the area are subject.
Maria da Conceição oravora former journalist for Radio Difusão Nacional also joined this initiative. Showing satisfaction with this approval of the draft law of the Professional Portfolio Law for journalists.

“It is to say that the journalistic class of Guinea-Bissau is to be congratulated, that instrument related to the attribution of the professional portfolio to journalists comes to fill a gap that existed in the media sector. at our disposal “, explained Maria Conceição Evora.
He also recalled that there were decades of struggle to approve this document, which will define who is actually a journalist in the country, after issuing the professional card.

The professional card of journalist, according to Conceição Évora is a document valid throughout the national and international territory, exclusive to journalists who are graduated or with professional registration.

This document can be used as a credential for exercising the profession in some places. Another advantage is that the professional can prove his activity in case of questions.
Indira Correia Baldé, a correspondent for RTP-Africa, considered it a victory for the media in Guyana, promises that by December the process of attributing the portfolio will begin through an independent commission with journalists.

He also appealed to media professionals about the responsibility of complying with the laws and continuing to work in Portugal in Guinea-Bissau.

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


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

Bandé-Gamboa: celebrates Bissau-Guinean and Cape Verdean Music

The Bandé-Gamboa project, which joins two intergenerational bands from Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, launches tomorrow, 12th June their debut album, seeking to captivate young Africans and Westerners.

It also has a book that accompanies the album, after 20 years of searching for African vinyls and CDs. Africans and Afrodescendants rarely buy records, so African culture is reduced to genres such as reggae, soul, funk or rock. Those who buy are limited to “old school.”

The publisher went ahead with the creation of two bands, one of Cape Verdean musicians and the other of Guinean musicians who live in Lisbon, to recreate old songs from the two countries, with different goals.

In the case of Guinea-Bissau, it tried to make “fresh and contemporary versions” of gumbé, a style little known outside the country and which was being recorded by many artists and with different ideas than usual.

In Cape Verde case, the versatility of funaná and its limits were tested, as it was known worldwide as opposed to gumbé.

There is a challenge to try to please the public on both continents.

Today, they will reissue in Guinea-Bissau the Super Mama Djombo, a band of rare records and very sought after in the West.

The album, which will be released on June 12 in physical and digital format, has six themes for each country, also paying tribute to Amílcar Cabral, co-founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde and one of the greatest symbols of struggle for the independence of the two countries.

The Guinea-Bissau band directed by Juvenal Cabral, is composed by Eric Daro, Iragrett Tavares and Micas Cabral, in the voices, Calú Ferreira , Eliseu Imbana and Sidia Baio, in the guitars, Toni Bat (drums), Ernesto da Silva (percussion) and Elmano Coelho (saxophone).
The Cape Verdean band, directed by bassist Lúcio Vieira, includes Celso Évora, Débora Paris and Kinha Andrade, in the voices, Daya Neves (keys), Ivan Gomes (guitar), Cau Paris (drums), Djair de Pina (percussion) ) and Elmano Coelho (saxophone).

Written by: Cristina Lopes da Fonseca