about Vrienden van Keti Koti, parent organization of Ojise Network
Vrienden van Keti Koti Foundation
Vrienden van Keti Koti Foundation strives for more awareness, recognition and healing around the slavery past of the Netherlands.
There is a need for more insight into all the historical facts of slavery and colonialism in Dutch territory. It is also necessary to pay more attention to the psychological and social consequences of slavery and colonialism.
Vrienden van Keti Koti Foundation has been involved in organizing initiatives in the field of awareness, participation, commemoration and celebration since the late nineties. Vrienden van Keti Koti Foundation is co-organizer of the annual Keti Koti Festival in Rotterdam.
From left to right: Fred Fitz-James (secretary), Ochosi Yaw Nkromah, Guno Zwakke (treasurer), Joan Nunnely & Kofi Ogún (chairman).
In recent years, Afro-Dutch people have increasingly sought the roots of their cultural identity. This is a quest broader than slavery and colonialism. We felt a different approach was necessary in order to respond to this properly. For this reason, we started the Ojise Network initiative in the spring of 2017. Ojise Network operates independently within Vrienden van Keti Koti Foundation.
Ojise Network focuses on the entire cultural heritage of the African diaspora. This involves looking at all achievements and the total timeline of the rich African history. We also map out how valuable insights and methods can be used for contemporary issues.
Ojise Network offers the following activities: information, training, coaching, exhibitions and excursions. Spirituality, increasing awareness and knowledge about the timeline are the central themes in our activities. Our activities are largely developed and carried out by Africans in the diaspora.