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Let's share the attraction of Africa in African Weeks 2019!

December 2 - 20, 2019


Illustration by Ms. Amisa Shīki

Since 2017, the students of African Studies Course, TUFS, plan and organize the event called "African Weeks". The catchphrase of the event is "Africa That You May Not Know".

We had TICAD 7 this summer at Yokohama, and Africa has raised much more attention from worldwide as "Last Frontier". However, some people still consider it as "poor" or "the countries which need aid". The students of African Studies Course are learning about African countires in their courses, communicating with people from African countries, and some of them have actually visited some African countries. They will share how attractive African countries, people, cultures are especially with those who have negative images on Africa.

All of the events are open to public, and admission is free. We look forward to your participation!

◆Name of the Event: African Weeks 2019

◆Period: Mon., December 2, 2019 - Fri. December 20, 2019

◆Venue: Fuchu Campus, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
*Please check the followings for venue of each event.

◆Organized by African Weeks 2019 Committee

◆Supported by African Studies Center - TUFS, Team Takahashi of Construction of the Face-Body Studies in Transcultural Conditions, MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, and Femme Café

◆Contact: African Weeks 2019 Committee (africanweek2019atsign.pnggmail.com)

TUFS Cinema "Chokora"


The documentary "Chokora" shows the everyday life and the reality of children who live on streets at one of the local cities in Kenya. The exclusive interview with Mr. Shigeru Kobayashi, the director, and Dr. Makiko Sakai, an associate professor, will be followed by the movie.

Date & Time: Tue. December 10, 2019 6:00 pm - (Doors open at 5:30 pm)

Venue: Prometheus Hall

Programme: Playing documentary "Chokora"
        Exclusive inteview with Mr. Shigeru Kobayashi, the director, and Dr. Makiko Sakai, an associate professor, TUFS

Synopsis: Republic of Kenya, one of the most famous countries in eastern Africa. There is a local city called Thika which takes an hour by car from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Its population is approximately 100,000. The movie shows harsh environments of children who live on streets and their backgrounds, as well as their relationships with their parents or NGOs with humors. You can also see the children in adolescence live their lives vibrantly.

Staff: Director Shigeru Kobayashi, Director of Photography Taizo Yoshida, Music Sakaki Mango

Languages: English, Kiswahili, Kikuyu with Japanese subtitles. *The interviews will be in Japanese.

Production: 2008, Japan, 94 min.

Sakaki Mango's Kalimba Concert


Mr. Sakai Mango, who studied the Swahili language at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies and has visited various African countries for concerts and fieldworks, will play thumb piano, Kalimba. He will also talk about his experiences in African countries. (*The talk will be in Japanese.)

Date & Time: Fri. December 13, 2019 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Venue: 1st Floor, AGOLA Global

Performer: Mr. Sakaki Mango (Thumb Piano Player)

Admission: Free

No pre-registration is required.

Sales of African Goods

Date & Time: Tue., December 10, 2019 from 6:00 pm and Fri., December 13m 2019 from 6:00 pm
*The sales stand will open during the events of TUFS Cinema "Chokora" and Concert by Sakaki Mango

Venue: 1st Floor, AGORA Global

Sales contents: You can find African goods which are usually sold by three brands and NGOs.

1. FemmeCafé (cofee) 2. Sūbi (accessaries, bookmarks, etc) 3. Tumambo (bags, pouches, etc)

Exhibition of Photos and Posters


Photo Exhibition "Photogenic Africa" will show the photos that capture color of Africa or the glitter of Africa, or photos related to Africa that you want to share with somebody. We wil also exhibit the postert which shows the basic data about Africa in the map. The data will show climates, languages, religions, food cultures, and cities. The painting exhibition "Faces and Bodies drawn in Africa" will be held at the same time.

Period: December 2 - 20, 2019

Venue: GALLERIA (1st floor of Lecture and Research Bldg.)

Seminars & Workshop

There will be four seminars which are jointly organized by the Committee during the period.

The 44th ASC Seminar "Regional Integration in Southern Africa Development Community: Assessing Mozambique's Geostrategic Location Opportunities"

◆Speaker: Prof. Paulo Mateus Antonio Uache

      (Academic Director and Professor, Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais<Higher Institute of International Relations>, Moçambique)

◆Date & Time: Monday, December 2, 2019 4:00 - 5:30 pm

◆Venue: Room 322, Research and Lecture Building,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

◆Language: English

The 45th ASC Seminar *in Japanese

◆Speaker: Dr. Tomoaki Nishihara (Researcher, Wildlife Conservation Society; Specially Appointed Professor, Seisa University)

◆Date & Time: Thu. December 5, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm

◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Bldg.

◆Language: Japanese

Seminar and Portrait Workshop on "Drawing self, others, and Being Drawn"

◆Speaker: Dr. Kohsuke Takahashi, Dr. Masaki Shimada, and Dr. Takanori Oishi

◆Date & Time: Fri. December 6, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm

◆Venue: Room 113, Research and Lecture Bldg.

◆Language: Japanese, English, Chinese, Kiswahili, and French

The 46th ASC Seminar "Land Administrative Reform and Commercial Agriculture in Ghana"

◆Speaker: Prof. Kojo Sebastian Amanor (Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; Professor, University of Ghana)

◆Date & Time: Thu. December 12, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm

◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Bldg.

◆Language: English

The 47th ASC Seminar "Land and Youth Migration in Africa: the Case of Two Districts from the Highlands of Ethiopia"

◆Speaker: Dr. Teshome Emana (Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; Assistant Professor, Addis Ababa University)

◆Date & Time: Thu. December 19, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm

◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Bldg.

◆Language: English