Thursday, May 30, at 8:00 PM, the Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation about the marine turtle conservation project initiated ten years ago by the Science Faculty of Agostinho Neto University (UAN). The Kitabanga Project started at Palmeirinhas Beach south of Luanda and today has extended to Bentiaba in Namibe province, Kissembo in Zaire province as well as the beach near the mouth of Rio Longa. Our guest speaker is Dr. Michel Morais who teaches in the Biology department at UAN. The presentation will take place at the Viking Club.
May 22, 2013
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April 5, 2013
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On April 4th Angola celebrated 11 years of peace. April 4th is also International Day for Mine Awareness. Long after the war is over, some weapons wait underground for years, a lurking threat. As one of the world’s most heavily land-mined countries, Angola still has over a decade of de-mining ahead of it. The Angola Field Group invites you to “Surviving the Peace, Angola”, a short film about an Angolan girl who played with a landmine; the film gives a close-up look at de-mining in Moxico province, at the Viking Club, Thursday April 11, at 8:00 PM.
Our presenter, Tony Fernandes, is Technical Operations Manager/ Senior Manager in Country for MAG Angola, the NGO de-mining in Moxico province which is one of two most contaminated provinces in the country. Previously he managed de-mining work in Iran, DRC, South Sudan and Vietnam. Besides humanitarian mine action, Tony has extensive experience working in anti-terrorism and as a bomb squad operator and explosives inspector.
The presentation will also include a short informative talk on de-mining in Angola in addition to the film, and an opportunity to ask questions of our presenter, Tony Fernandes. Also MAG T-shirts will be on sale.
In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 across from Panela da Barro, on the same side of the street as the Suite Hotel. For a map, click here. For sale on Thursday, hand woven baskets from Moxico and various Angolan books. Also, giant used book sale of various English titles, fiction and non-fiction, a great selection!
MAG, Mines Advisory Group, is a British-based Non Governmental Organization based in Manchester, UK, founded in 1989 and has had de-mining operations in over 35 countries.
March 24, 2013
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The true, historic story of two Angolans forced into slavery… Now on the Angola Field Group’s YouTube channel, Nbena, a local Benguelan farmer who on her way to the market, stopped to help an old slave woman working on an Angolan plantation. Nbena finds herself tricked into replacing the woman and becomes the new slave of the plantation owner. This is a story where the tables are turned – the plantation owner/slaver is a black Angolan and the local authority trying to free Nbena is a white Portuguese.
This is part one of a four part video filmed during the Angola Field Group Presentation on November 29, 2012, presented by Dr. José C. Curto, the author of Enslaving Spirits: The Portuguese‑Brazilian Alcohol Trade at Luanda and its Hinterland, c. 1550‑1830. He is presently Associate Professor of History at York University in Toronto, where he is also Deputy-Director of the Harriet Tubman Resource Center on the African Diaspora. Click here to view the November 29th post for more details about the presentation.
Dr. Curto also shared the life story of José Manuel, an overview of which you will hear in part one, however only the story of Nbena was filmed. Watch all four videos on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/angolafieldgroup.
The following are the images shown during Dr. Curto’s presentation. Click image to enlarge. Images credit: José C. Curto, “José Manuel and Nbena in Benguela in the late 1810s: Encounters with Enslavement”, in Dennis Cordell, ed., The Human Tradition in Africa. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011, pp. 13-30.
March 15, 2013
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The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation by the well known former Director of Angola’s Pediatric Hospital, Dr. Luis Bernardino, who will talk about ‘Health of Children in Angola’. Dr. Bernardino, who has been a pediatrician in Angola since 1974, will take a look at the available national and Pediatric Hospital data on the causes of illness and death among Angola’s children as compared to the world situation. He will present an analysis of the social determinants of death of children in Angola and other less developed countries and finish his presentation with some reflections on the country’s progress in trying to reduce the number of infants and children dying under the age of five, known as the ’4th Millennium Development Goal’. Everybody is invited to attend the presentation which will be in English, Thursday, March 21, at 8:00PM at the Viking Club.
Dr. Bernardino, who was born in Huambo in 1937, was Director of the Pediatric Hospital from 1998-2012 as well as being the Head of the Medical School Pediatric Department from 1980-2010. He completed his primary and secondary school in Angola. He received his Licence in Medicine from Lisbon. In 1963 he deserted the colonial army. He was a General Practitioner in Algeria for four years and a resident in the National Health Service in the UK for six years. In 1972 in London he received his Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. Then in 1973 he got the Diploma in Child Health in Glasgow, Scotland.
In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 across from Panela da Barro, on the same side of the street as the Suite Hotel. For a map, click here. For sale on Thursday, hand woven baskets from Moxico and various books.
Scroll down for the Viking Club’s Easter Long Weekend Getaway: Private Charter to Sâo Tomé and Principe!
February 22, 2013
Over 150 people turned out last night for the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Angola Residential Representative Nicholas Staines’ presentation on the Angola economy. He told Angola Field Group participants that despite Angola’s large oil revenue, Angola is not a rich country and its long term economy should be focused on the non-oil producing sector.
Click here to download his presentation (30 page PDF). Dr. Staines’ webpage at www.imf.org/luanda has links to the IMF’s official reports on Angola and his own presentations and articles, as well as compilations of publicly available data.
February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 21 Presentation: Economic Challenges Facing Angola with the IMF’s Nicholas StainesPosted by angolafieldgroup under Presentations | Tags: economy, IMF |
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The Angola Field Group invites you to ‘Economic Challenges Facing Angola‘ with Nicholas Staines, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Representative in Angola. In 2009 Angola was badly affected by the global crisis but has largely restored its macroeconomic stability and is now ready to face its development challenges. The presentation will focus on the medium-term macroeconomic challenges* facing the country.
Everybody is invited to attend the presentation, Thursday, February 21, at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club. Our presenter, Nicholas Staines, became the IMF’s Representative in Angola in early 2011. He has been with the IMF for some 15 years, much of it working on Sub-Saharan Africa. He joined the Fund from the private sector as a macroeconomic forecaster following several years in academia.
In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the bar which opens at 7:30 PM. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 across from Panela da Barro, on the same side of the street as the Suite Hotel. For a map, click here and you will be directed to our Join Us page. For sale on Thursday, hand woven baskets from Moxico and various books.
February 7, 2013
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Thursday, February 21, a presentation by the IMF taking a look at Angola’s economic forecast for 2013.
February 23 – 24, overnight birding field trip to the Denbos, an area of rugged terrain straddling Bengo and Kwanza Norte. The heavily forested hills made this area a prime location for coffee plantations and remnants of colonial-era roças are still evident. Registration for this field trip will not be accepted until after details have been posted.
November 28, 2012
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Biologist Pedro Vaz Pinto presented an update on Angola’s endangered giant sable (palanca negra gigante) to an audience of over 150 members of the Angola Field Group on October 25, 2012.
In the following video (part one of two) Pedro Vaz Pinto provides an overview of the giant sable including the history and place in Angola’s culture and environment today:
In the following video (part two of two) Pedro Vaz Pinto discusses the 2003 launch of the Giant Sable Project and Conservation Initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Environment – the project’s original objective was to locate the giant sable; the creation of the Shepherd Program in 2004; the publication in 2005 of the first photos of giant sable taken since 1982; information about the hybridaztion of the species that has taken place in Cangandala plus more Giant Sable project highlights up to 2008. Since 2009, the bulk of the project’s activities are being implemented by the Kissama Foundation and the main priority now is conservation of the giant sable.
2010: The first two calves were born in Cangandala and a new fenced camp of 2400 was created (in the process 10 hybrids were inadvertantedly caught inside).
2011: A new camp of 400 ha was built and a new capture operation was launched; hyrbids were confined in a third camp. The team managed to catch and bring 6 new young females from Luando reserve: three two-year olds and three one-year olds. Two new bulls were also brought in: a young male and one ‘at the prime of life’ named ‘Ivan the Terrible’ due to his uncontrollable nature. Ivan eventually killed the young male and broke through the fence. A third calf was produced.
2012: Two females died of old age; one female became pregnant again and the first calf born in 2010 is now preparing to take over the herd. Currently poaching is the main threat to the giant sable. Snares and pit traps are widely used causing severe trauma and death. A staggering 15% of adult animals captured or photographed had nasty leg injuries caued by traps. About 75% of the Luando reserve is devoid of sables and less than 80 are estimated to survive. The total number of giant sable left is less than one hundred animals making it one of the most critically endangered mammals in the world.
Plan for 2013: Up to twenty giant sable should be darted and released with VHF and GPS tracking devices for monitoring. Infrastructure should be built in Cangandala and the breeding program monitored. Ongoing genetic and ecological research will continue and be reinforced.
To read Pedro Vaz Pinto’s quarterly reports on the Giant Sable Project visit the Giant Sable page on this website.
November 20, 2012
Thursday, November 29 Presentation- Fighting against Enslavement: José Manuel and Nbena in Benguela, 1816-1818Posted by angolafieldgroup under Presentations | Tags: history, slavery |
Save the date for our next Angola Field Group Presentation on November 29, 2012 starting at 8pm at the Viking Club: “Fighting against Enslavement: José Manuel and Nbena in Benguela, 1816-1818”.
The presentation will be about the struggles of two individuals struggling against enslavement in the second half of the 1810s in Benguela. In the process, issues such as who could and who could not be enslaved in Angola and forced to undergo the Middle Passage to Brazil are addressed. The tales of José Manuel and Nbena show that the new colonial order established by the Portuguese in this part of Africa took form in a broader context of extreme violence and disorder occasioned by the continued capture, sale, and export of slaves. Here, the “order and civility” underpinning colonial society were subject to violation at any time, as much if not more so by others of African descent seeking gain, as by the colonial authorities themselves.
Our presenter José C. Curto is the author of Enslaving Spirits: The Portuguese‑Brazilian Alcohol Trade at Luanda and its Hinterland, c. 1550‑1830 (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004). A longer version of this major study appeared earlier in Portuguese:Álcool e Escravos: O comércio luso-brasileiro do álcool em Mpinda, Luanda e Benguela durante o tráfico atlântico de escravos (c. 1480‑1830) e o seu impacto nas sociedades da África Central Ocidental (Lisbon: Editora Vulgata, 2002). Curto has co-edited two collections of essays, including Africa and the Americas: Interconnections during the Slave Trade, with Renée Soulodre-La France (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2005), and another with his colleague Paul E. Lovejoy, Enslaving Connections: Changing Cultures of Africa and Brazil during the Era of Slavery (Amherst, New York: Humanity Books, 2004). His articles in the Portuguese Studies Review (2002), African Economic History (2001, with Raymond Gervais), Africana Studia, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, and Annales de démographie historique have made important contributions to our knowledge of the historical demography of Lusophone Africa. José C. Curto received his Ph.D. in African History from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is presently Associate Professor of History at York University, where he is also Deputy-Director of the Harriet Tubman Resource Center on the African Diaspora.
Everybody is welcome to attend. The talk will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:30 PM. Coupons must be purchased. For sale, traditional baskets hand woven and organic wild honey from Moxico, Angola natural medicine books and posters, a new children’s color illustrated storybook and a book about the Cuvalei Basin in southern Angola.
You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on our Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant.
October 19, 2012
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Angola’s giant sable (palanca negra), usually regarded as the most magnificent antelope in the world, is also one of the most endangered mammals in Africa today. From civil war to cross breeding and poaching, this animal’s struggle to survive continues. The Angola Field Group invites you to hear an update on The Giant Sable Conservation Initiative, Thursday, October 25 at 8:00 pm at the Viking Club, with Biologist Pedro Vaz Pinto, the man who has spent the last decade rescuing Angola’s splendid antelope. Pedro is also program manager for the Kissama Foundation and researcher at the Catholic University.
Pedro’s last Angola Field Group presentation was in 2009 when he told us about the capture program which translocated all the pure giant sable females in Cangandala National Park by air, to a safe enclosure in the park. Over the last few years the giant sable conservation initiative has made significant progress. A fenced camp covering 4,000 hectares was built in Cangandala National Park, and following the capture operation in 2009 mentioned above and a later one in 2011, a breeding program was initiated which has produced the first calves. Nevertheless there are less than 100 animals alive in total, making this magnificent creature one of the most endangered African mammals. In Luando Reserve, aerial surveys have allowed the project to locate the surviving herds, and several animals were marked and remotely tracked. Luando Reserve is the area of Malange province where the pure male giant sables were captured and flown to the fenced camp in Cangandala to breed with the pure females. Click on ‘Giant Sable’ on this website’s top menu or simply click here for more details of the capture/breeding program. The giant Sable Conservation Initiative is sponsored by:
1) Block 15 (Esso,BP, Eni, Statoil)
2) Sonangol & ExxonMobil
3) Angola LNG
Everybody is welcome to attend this presentation. The talk will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:30 PM. Coupons must be purchased. For sale, traditional baskets hand woven and organic wild honey from Moxico, Angola natural medicine books and posters, a new children’s color illustrated storybook and a book about the Cuvalei Basin in southern Angola.
You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on our Join Us page here. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Predio Maianga, the former Swedish Building, at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barro restaurant.