November 16, 2019

"Couldn't there be more intercultural exchange OUR way?"

November 13, 2019

Who talks about refugees in Tanzania, and what do they say?

November 10, 2019

#SudanUprising in Copenhagen

June 23, 2019

On 26 June I moderate talks & debate on #SudanUprising in #Copenhagen.

The Sudanese artist Khalid Albaih joins via Skype.

Kindly read Khalid's article a...

Update: Everyday Poetics: Instagramming Life in East Africa in Belgrade

April 26, 2019


April 12, 2019

Owl in Tanzanian Parliament - bad omen for freedom of speech and assembly.

January 30, 2019

On 29 January, when the Tanzanian Parliament (Bunge) was assembled in Dodoma, an owl flew in and watched the assembly. The owl is seen in Tanzanian (e...

''We've died''

January 22, 2019

Bikozulu tells the stories of the people making it through last week's terror attack in Nairobi.

See the Instagram post here

If you ask me, and someti...

FILM: Wakamba Forever

January 21, 2019

Colonianism revisited:

..''a hilarious take on Masaku and McMillan’s first encounter set in the 21st century. From a dramatic re-telling of the Kamba o...

Chuchu: ''We are not the audience. We are the story''.

January 20, 2019

Two important tweet threads (see below) which take point of departure in the New York Times coverage of the Riverside terror attack on 15 January 2019...

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Freedom of Expression: You may ask yourself if your right to express something goes away if you don't use it every f**** time there's an occasion for opening your mouth

Thursday, January 8, 2015





Doesn't freedom of expression only sort of serve its purpose if you have something relevant to say? If the core driving force is insisting on the right to say whatever, it is all ridiculous.


We extend our sympathy to what happened in France yesterday. I do, too. However what we really need is the capabilty to extend our understanding and empathy beyond ourselves.


Much, much further.


Please, put relevant in context with what your driving force is for insisting it needs to be expressed.

What is the urgency about? I.e., you may ask yourself if there is a risk it offends unneccesarily.

Ask yourself what you want to achieve, and don't close your eyes.

You may ask yourself if your right to express something goes away if you dont use it every f**** time there's an occasion.


My point is, we often abuse the coneceot of freedom of expression.


The right doesn't necessarily go away just because we don't use it.


And unfortunately most of the times the ones enjoying freedom of expression struggle with finding relevant things to say.


Let's not forget the ones who have relevant things to say, but no freedom.


Photo from Stone Town in Zanzibar.


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PhD Student, MA in African Studies, journalist and former development worker. Heart tilted towards the Balkans & East Africa: Refugees, Peripheries, Imaginaries & Humanitarianism