Voice4Thought debate: 'Being young is our crime!'

On Friday 28 August the Voice4Thought festival presents a debate where young leaders from West and Central Africa and the Netherlands discuss the upcoming resistance of young people in Central Africa, and the Western 'export' of human rights.


While young assertive Africans who fight for their rights in their countries are greeted with open arms by the West, their authoritarian leaders often receive support from the West as well. How genuine is the human rights agenda of Western politicians? How does the ‘next generation’ in turbulent African countries try to reach their goals, online and offline?

Rapper Smockey (one of the leiders of the Burkina Faso uprising, 2014), poetry slam artist Croquemort (Chad), political activist Maina Ibangolo Abel (Chad), human rights lawyer Pangmashi Yenkong (Cameroon) and Isa Yusibov (political activist from the Netherlands).

Sophie van Leeuwen, journalist at RNW media.

African buffet and network occasion between 17.30 to 19.00 in the garden of the Huizingagebouw. Make a reservation for the buffet before 21 August here.


From 19.30, the dialogue continues - artistically. Croquemort (slam) and Smockey (rap) perform live at the Oranjerie of the Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus) of Leiden University.

More info on the V4T website.

Date, time and location

28 August 2015
Debate: 15.00 - 17.00 Zaal 019, Lipsius Building, Leiden. Buffet (€ 12,50): 17.30 - 19.00, garden Huizingagebouw, Leiden. Live performances: 19.30 – 22.00 Locatie: Oranjerie, Hortus Botanicus, Leiden