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“AFRICA. Fast forward” means questioning the false images and misconceptions of a dark and immobile Africa. It means questioning the image of a nightmare Africa that the media loves so much ( the poorest and most instable continent in the world, destined for war and misery, with shantytowns, refugees camps, pandemics, shipwrecks and corrupt leaders…).

“AFRICA. Fast forward” means discovering a modern Africa which takes part of the process of globalization. An inventive continent in transaction that moves forward.

Sciences, politic, art, economy, urbanism… this exhibition tries  to show the different faces of this continent. Without unnecessary deference or optimism.
The sculptural construction of the exhibition was especially designed to take place under the impressive metal structure of the Atomium and in the exhibition spaces of the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

Catalogue of the exhibition > download (PDF/28,8Mb)

Practical information

The exhibition AFRICA. Fast forward consists of 3 parts. Two parts will be presented in the Atomium and the third in the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA).

>>> from 2 Octobre till 13 December 2009


Atomium • Atomiumsquare • B-1020 BRUSSELS • T. +32 (0)2 475 47 77

Opening hours
Open every day, 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. (closure cash desk: 5.30 p.m.)

Entrance fees
This tickets give access to all spheres open for the public (such as permanent exhibition sphere, temporary exhibiton sphere, central sphere, panorama at the top sphere).
> Fee 1 : normal ticket price
> Fee 2 : discount of 2€ on the normal ticket price, on presentation of an entrance ticket of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA)


  Category Fee 1 Fee 2
  Adults (<65) €9 €7
  Students (on presentation of a student’s card) €6 €4
  Teachers (on presentation of a teachers’ card) €7 €5
  12-18 and >65 €6 €4
  6-11 €2 €2
  0-5 and Persons with disabilities free free


Guided Tour
> €70/guide (maximum 25 people, only on reservation (min. 2 weeks in advance)

> Info & reservation :  yvonne boodts atomium be



Royal Museum for Central Africa • Leuvensesteenweg 13 • B-3080 TERVUREN • www.africamuseum.be

Opening hours
Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday : from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Entrance fees
Visitors will benefit from reduced prices on presentation of an entrance ticket of the Atomium:
> AFRICA. Fast forward + permanent exhibition : €1,5
> AFRICA. Fast forward + combi-ticket Omo and Persona : €4


Press release > download (PDF/7,3Mb)


Catalog > download (PDF/28,8Mb)

Please send a mail to our communication service to obtain the necessary codes to download the images, on this page, in high definition.


Poster > download (PDF/717Ko)


Logo > download (PDF/570Ko)

> Atomium : Ilse De Braekeleer • ilse debraekeleer atomium be • T. +32 (0)2 475 47 74
> Royal Museum for Central Africa : Sofie Bouillon •  sofie bouillon africamuseum be • T. +32 (0)2 769 52 99


Online documentation

Catalogue of the exhibition > see here / download here (PDF/28,8Mb)


Press file > download (PDF/7,3Mb)


Educational file > avalaible on 21 october 2009


Interviews with journalists who contributed to the exhibition
The front pages of dozens of African daily papers tell about the changing media landscape : a freedom of press that is often harshly put to the test, wide-ranging political realities, treatment of information that differs depending on the region’s colonial past...
Seven journalists from the written and spoken press testify. They write, speak, resist, de nounce... they are the key players of this democracy un der construction.


Abdou Latif Coulibaly

Abdou Latif Coulibaly is 54 years old and a Senegalese investigative journalist, director of the weekly paper La Gazette, and author of several outstanding books on power including Wade an opponent in power: a booby-trapped political change?

He won the award from the independent NGO Transparency International for his overall work as a journalist. He is also director of ISSIC, a private school for journalism and communication studies in Dakar.

>>> Read the interview



Alice Hakizimana
Editor-in-Chief at Burundi’s Radio Bonesha FM, Alice Hakizimana is a strong and experienced woman. An interviewer of rebels, she has been helping the Burundian radio stations for 10 years in their formidable commitment to achieving community reconciliation in a country torn apart by war. 

>>> Read the interview



Donat M’Baya Tshimanga
For 11 years, Donat M’Baya Tshimanga and his organisation Journalist in Danger, of which he is Chairman, have been working relentlessly to promote and defend the freedom of the press in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the central African region.

>>> Read the interview



Sy Koumbo Singa Gali
A journalist in Chad for 17 years and director of her own independent weekly magazine L'Observateur, Koumbo Sy is currently working in Kinshasa as a United Nations Official.

>>> Read the interview



Moussa Kaka
In 1991, during the first insurgency in the north of Niger, Moussa Kaka was one of the first journalists to arrive on the scene and talk about it. Initially a journalist with Niger’s national radio station, Moussa Kaka was one of the founders of the private weekly publication Le Républicain. He then left this paper to create Radio Saraounia, named after a Nigerian Amazonian queen. It is broadcast in five Nigerian towns and is one of the most listened to stations. He is also a correspondent for RFI (Radio France Internationale), where he gained international fame.
Moussa Kaka was arrested and imprisoned for over a year, accused of plotting against the authority of the State as a result of his interview with one of the rebel Touareg chiefs of the MNJ (Movement of Nigerians for Justice). 

>>> Read the interview



Nicodemus Ikonko

Nicodemus Ikonko, a journalist at the Hirondelle Agency who covered the Rwandan genocide case at the Arusha International Tribunal in Tanzania.

>>> Read the interview



Ramata Soré
From Burkina Faso, Ramata Soré has been a journalist at L’Evénement (a bi-monthly paper published in Ouagadougou) since 2001. She has a post-graduate diploma in Science and the Environment and a Master in Information and Communication Technology and Science from the University of Ouagadougou. An avid fan of ICT, Ramata became a blogger in 2005, and she regularly receives many prizes for her reports.

>>> Read the interview




A production of the Atomium

Based on an original idea of :


  • placepublique / www.placepublique.info
  • Speculoos / www.speculoos.com
  • Monsieur et Madame / www.monsieuretmadame.com


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