Voice4Thought debate: ‘Being young is our crime!’

Critical reflections #letstalk


‘Le crime est d’être jeune!’ ‘Being young is our crime!’ On Friday 28 August 2015 the Voice4Thought festival presents a debate which explores the theme of the Voice4Thought project. Young leaders and inspirers from West and Central Africa and The Netherlands enter into a dialogue about the rise of youth protest in central Africa and the Western ‘export’ of human rights.



Not only young, courageous Africans are embraced by the West, authoritarian leaders are also supported. How genuine is the human rights agenda? How does the ‘next generation’ struggle for their causes, online and offline?


Participants include rapper Smockey, who was one of the leaders of the protests in Burkino Faso (2014), poetry slam artist Croquemort and political activist Maina Ibangolo Abel from Chad, human rights lawyer Pangmashi Yenkong from Cameroon and Isa Yusibov, a young politically active man from The Netherlands. The V4T debate connects these young people from Europe and Africa. What do they share? How do they differ? What do they do to get their voices heard? Moderator is Sophie van Leeuwen, journalist at RNW Media.


Network event

The debate is followed by a networking opportunity with African buffet from 17:30 to 19:00 in the garden of the Huizinga building. Everyone is invited to come and join us on this occasion. Please register here before 26 August.



From 19:30 onwards the dialogue continues from an artistic angle. Croquemort and Smockey present their views in words and music, in the beautiful surroundings of the Oranjerie in the Hortus Botanicus (botanical garden) of the University of Leiden.


Date: Friday 28 August


Debate: 15.00 – 19.00

Location: Room 019, Lipsius building, Leiden

Free entrance


Buffet: 17.30 – 19.00

Location: garden Huizinga building, Leiden

Participation: € 12,50 per person (students/cjp: € 10,-)


Shows: 19.30 – 22.00

Location: Oranjerie, Hortus Botanicus, Leiden

Free entrance


Note for editor:


The Voice4Thought Project is part of the research program ‘Connecting in Times of Duress’ and is organized in collaboration with Leiden University, ASC, LeidenGlobal and Both Ends. Media partners are RNW Media, VPRO Buitenland, The Broker and One World.


For more information and/ or photographs please contact:


E. Gilbert

Leiden University

tel: +31 6 8377 6723