was born in Suriname (Moengo). She is Okomfo, alias Winti priestess Nana Efua. She performs the libation on 1 July at the yearly commemoration ceremony for the abolition of slavery in Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean held in Amsterdam's Oosterpark. She is the founder of NIRASE, the Dutch Winti institute for the rehabilitation and profile-raising of Winti. She is also a director of various African-Surinamese organizations, sich as NINSEE. As an expert in historical, spiritual and social African-Surinamese heritage, she works together with various art and cultural institutions and organizes heritage trips to West Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
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Winternachten Festival, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Amare present: In the Dream House
The summer edition of Winternachten Festival will conclude in high style in the concert hall of Amare with "In the Dream House." Writers, poets and artists bring their dream house to life in word, imagery and music. It's a program full of bright, warm and dark desires; of ancestors and wise women; of loss and pleasure. Let yourself be enchanted by hip-hop icon Sef, Winti priestess Marian Markelo, writers Raoul de Jong and Sanneke van Hassel, singer-songwriter Shishani, spoken-word artist Benzokarim, poet Iman Mersal, and singer Sterre Konijn. Drummers from the Royal Conservatory: guided by Pepe Garcia set the rhythm, and our dream hostess, theatre producer and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron ensures that you feel at home right away.
Bring along your home to our dream house
To properly shelter all these dreams, we ask the public as well as artists to share their idea of "home." Bring something with you that feels "like home" or with which you'd brighten your home: a plant, teacup, dishrag or mood lamp... We'd love to hear the story behind your dream-house artifact! You can write to us ahead of time or tell us upon arrival; Sanneke van Hassel and Anouk Driessen will record it and give it a good spot in the room. In this way we'll create a living archive of our dream houses together, inspired by the novel In the Dream House by the U.S. writer Carmen Maria Machado. Also, you won't go home empty-handed, because afterwards you will take home someone else's object and story.