Global Thinkers: What Are Africa’s New Missionaries Peddling?

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In this week’s Global Thinkers podcast, writer Michela Wrong and artist Sam Hopkins share their experiences working in the “NGO-ville” of Nairobi and consider where Africa’s next wave of artists are being nurtured. Deputy editor for print Seyward Darby hosts.

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About the participants:

Sam Hopkins is a 2014 Global Thinker. A visual artist who grew up in England and Kenya, much of his work explores the implications of development and aid in Africa. At the 2014 Dak’Art Biennale in Senegal, Hopkins exhibited “Logos of Non Profit Organisations working in Kenya (some of which are imaginary),” a screen-print collection of both real and fictional logos for international aid organizations. The work pushed viewers to re-assess and re-engage with their assumptions about these organizations.

Michela Wrong is a writer, an FP Voice columnist, and the literary director of the Miles Morland Foundation, a U.K. charity that supports African writing and literature. She previously served as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. She is the author of three non-fiction books about Kenya, Eritrea, and present-day Congo. This summer, she published her first novel, Borderlines. Follow her on Twitter: @michelawrong

Seyward Darby is deputy editor for print at Foreign Policy. Follow her on Twitter: @seywarddarby.

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