Germany and Beyond:Independent Journalist Jean-Jacques Dikongué

"Black history month in October?" was my unspoken thought as I listened to my good friend ramble about his day at the library, mentioning books he'd borrowed inspired by activities commemorating Black History Month in London.  If you live in Germany, the tendency would be to attach Black History Month only to February....so I learnt something new: the USA and Canada celebrate BHM in February while Britain celebrates it in October. In Germany tribute is payed to black history in Febuary as well, most actively in Berlin and Hamburg: http://doctorsea.blogspot.com/2010/02/black-history-and-germany.html

Imagine yourself lost in the crowd at Trafalgar Square, by coincidence, your trip back home had been cancelled. The music on stage is infectious. Different musical genres including Krar Collective from Ethiopia, Abdul Diop from Senegal,  Muntu Valdo and Manu Dibango from Cameroon. The atmosphere is vibrant, young and old in joyful spirits, african prints, mouth watering food, lots of podcasters, bloggers, event organisers, paintings, carvings and a little too many flyers. You are at "African Weekender", one of many events backed by Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, to celebrate Black History Month and 50 years of African independence.

Standing next to Eric Soul(pic above), presenter of "WAHALA" on Voxafrica, is this gentleman who is introduced to you in french, so he must be from France. You start to like London even more: international networking...The usual small talk is on until he learnts you too are not from London and automatically switches to a very fluent German.  As you get your questions answered "Okay...." is what you think to yourself "..rather amazing.."


His name is Jean-Jacques Dikongué (pic above). Independent Journalist and Editor in Chief of "Tribune2lartiste", an online magazine which focuses on african artists. He is originally from Cameroon and now lives in France after his studies in Germany. In my opinion people like Jean-Jacques are a relevant part of the socioculutural history of the african diaspora in Germany. What I sometimes playfully term the "Via Bundes". They contributed their bit while here and are still doing so on a larger scale after here. Intertwining their various influences with thier immediate contribution to the society.

Jean-Jacques is contributing his bit through media coverage of diversified subjects, mostly on francophone online magazines: http://www.tribune2lartiste.com/
Watch Jean-Jacque's interview with Manu Dibango, saxophonist and founder of Soul Makossa (in French)