Screening on the wall at CIKOD in Madina

 Tired, however satisfied, I am waiting to board the plane back home. 

Today was a busy day; I visited the Netherlands Embassy here in Accra and CIKOD (Center of Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development) to screen the film. The latter introduced me to Madam Tahiru (she is the lady producing shea butter in the film). Main discussion point today that was raised after both screenings was the need for Ghanaian scientists to further develop their own path in science, instead of trying to recreate a Western way of science. Because there are interesting viewpoints and approaches inherent to their work. Whether shaped by culture, tradition or necessity. 

I think back to this week as a successful one, in which I managed (with a lot of help from Prof. Allotey et al.) to get the film back to Ghana. 

I’m waiting in an Airport which has changed a lot since two years ago I last was here. As did the programs I saw appear on tv. A real facelift. What is beneath it I don’t know. I know I will sleep very tight on my flight back to Amsterdam. 


Still from MULTIVERSE Ghana

Still from MULTIVERSE Ghana

There is something about screening a film in a place where it was actually shot.

Yesterday I was at AIMS Ghana – and for those who already have seen the film you might remember the AIMS students I interviewed and the shots that I took of the group working in their computer lab.

Well, we screened the film in that exact same lab.

There was a new group of students, as the ones I filmed had graduated in 2014. But this mix of students from all over Africa generates the exact same vibe: a lot of positivity, jokes and laughter.

But not only that, there also is a lot of hard mathematical work being done.


A lecture was being pushed backwards, so that everyone could watch the film – which made one of the Ghanaian students very happy, because it gave him more time to prepare the presentation he had to give for which he needed to solve a daunting mix of Algebra and Quantum Physics equations.


First time in Ghana

foto by Kweku Sarfo

photo by Kweku Sarfo

Yesterday’s premiere of MULTIVERSE Ghana:

The time had come to switch on the air conditioning in the brand new Auditorium. People were dripping in, and three high school classes took their seats.
I had arrived early to take it easy, and to be able to welcome Koo Nimo and his band when they arrived for their rehearsals. They had arrived that same morning after a 4 hour bus drive from Kumasi. We found ourselves all sitting in our chairs a little lost, because of the heat (at least for me) or the travel, under the brand new sign of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Koo immediately took out his guitar to tune it and play. Next to us builders were very busy working on the rest of the building as only the Auditorium had thus far been finished.

Koo Nimo and band rehearsal

Later, Prof. Allotey proudly talked about how he managed to get it through – the building plans for the new Academy. Which currently is located next-door in a relatively small and little bit worn down structure – reflecting the status of science within the country. The new building will be a massive beautiful white structure, which will contain its own guest house (to be able to take care of its own guests) and will be powered by solar panels to opt out of the power downs that have to be dealt with multiple times a day when relying on the national grid. It is Prof. Allotey’s way of physically establishing what the status of science and technology should be in Ghana.

So underneath the buzzing builders spread all over the fundaments of what is soon to be the New Academy I take some pictures of Koo’s band rehearsing. I have to say I must have stood out to these men at work – occasionally shouting to me “obruni” – being the only white person on the spot, as well as being a girl dressed up for a premiere. But to be honest I never felt as if I was standing out myself, not while traveling two years ago, not now at the premiere.

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For a bit I escaped the heat to the AV-room. The place that always feels like home to me – like the guitar to Koo Nimo. And at the moment even more so because of its pleasant temperature inside. Technical equipment generally does not stand the heat so well, and hard working people setting up everything for a show neither. So although saving energy is high on the priority list – this room was allowed to have the air conditioning on already.

With the IT manager, about my age, also in charge of AV and as told by his superiors the power generator (which he has trouble with explaining that that is something that has nothing to do with his expertise in IT) I talk about graphic cards, jobs and whether the new building will actually be maintained well – the biggest challenge according to him.

Later, after the film, I found myself on stage with Ghana’s Greats.

photo by Kweku Sarfo

photo by Kweku Sarfo

photo by Kweku Sarfo

photo by Kweku Sarfo

One of the high-school students – after seeing the film- asked the whole group why it is that they don’t use their own African ways to do science? And Samuel Acheampong starring in the film (working in tissue culture of pineapple), wondered what it is, actually, that makes them “underdeveloped”?

Good questions.

photo by Kweku Sarfo

photo by Kweku Sarfo

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Ghana! Good to see you again!

Campus market

This very day, two years ago, is the day that I left Ghana after five weeks of filming and traveling.
And this very day, now, is the day I am back in Ghana again, to further take off where I left it last time.

Funny thing is that some things seem so familiar, like the sound of the birds, the light or even how the wind blows through the palm leaves…like I never left. But then again, as I was editing, I have basically been living in the film for most of those two passing years. In a way that might be a bit like having been living in Ghana for quite some time.

But, back to reality. I am back here for real with the film all finished for its most important premiere.


We even had an ad in a national news paper (Graphic)!

I just saw the venue and it is all looking very good. The building is just a few months old!

It is a great honour to be able to show the film right there, at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Grand premiere MULTIVERSE Ghana IN Ghana!


I will need to pack my bags soon because I am flying back to Ghana!

This time I will be leaving with the finished film in my pocket, which feels quite special.

11 November 2015, 5pm
will be the date and time of
the MULTIVERSE Ghana Grand Premiere
at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

So block it in your calendar, create a reminder in your phone, or write it on the wall… this is going to be good!

Of course I will be posting about the things happening next week (because, yes, I will be there for a whole week).

What I hope will happen when screening the film? I hope to get people talking about science and its shape and role within society!

Let’s see what happens…

MULTIVERSE Ghana at INSCIENCE film festival

CauldronsI am very pleased to announce that MULTIVERSE Ghana will be screened at INSCIENCE film festival in Nijmegen, NL!

It is a festival purely dedicated to science films,

which obviously is really cool.

So, finally another opportunity to watch the film:

Both on 7 November (at 11am) and 8 November (at 18:45) at LUX, Nijmegen.

Tickets are available here.

Make sure you don’t miss out!

Who’d Have Thought…

Multiverse premiereWow!

Last night was the night MULTIVERSE Ghana premiered. For real!

And it wasn’t just a screening, we also had an interesting conversation afterwards in which Professor Allotey himself took part, no less.

Multiverse Ghana premiere

It was wonderful to see so many people interested in Ghanaian scientists. We had a full house. It is really one step closer to the realisation of the series and to showing people a different side of Africa!

I had to think back to when it all started. I did not know yet I would be able to post a message like this on the blog!

I’m very grateful to ZAM magazine for organising the event, to de Balie for giving it a stage, and also to NWO-WOTRO and ZAM magazine for hosting Professor Allotey for this special evening.

So, this is not nearly all, MULTIVERSE will continue…

More screenings of the Ghana film will follow. Keep an eye on the blog, website or like the film on facebook to stay updated!