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Goethe-Institut announces change In Henrike Grohs’ Awards event


With COVID-19 pandemic disrupting activities, Goethe-Institut has announced the cancelation of its 2020 Henrike Grohs Art Award ceremony in Dakar, Senegal.

The announcement of the main award winner – selected by a jury made up of Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa), Paula Nascimento (Angola) and Sarah Rifky (Egypt) – will be made on Henrike Grohs Art Award’s website and social media platforms on July 30, 2020.

The main prize winner will receive €20.000 and €10.00 towards a publication with the two runners up each receiving €5.000. Akwasi Bediako Afrane (Ghana), Jackie Karuti (Kenya) and Sabelo Mlangeni (South Africa) are the top three selected artists.


Also, the German culture mission said the remaining funds that were to be used to host the ceremony in Dakar would now be redistributed to the top 17 shortlisted artists.

Each artist will receive €500 to use or share as needed. The 17 artists receiving one-off stipends are Abdessamad El Montassir (Morocco), Anderu Immaculate Mali a.k.a Immy Mali (Uganda), Aurelie Djiena (Cameroun), Christopher Nelson Obuh (Nigeria), Eva Diallo (Senegal/Switzerland), Francois Knoetze (South Africa) Ivy Brandie Chemutai Ng’ok (Kenya), Kitso Lelliott (Botswana/South Africa), Michael Soi (Kenya), Misheck Masamvu (Zimbabwe), Oupa Sibeko (South Africa), Patrick Bongoy (DRC/South Africa), Rehema Chachage (Tanzania), Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda), Syowia Kyambi (Kenya), Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi (South Africa/USA) and. Va-Bene Elikem Kofi Fiatsi (Ghana).

Henrike Grohs studied ethnology and was Head of the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan from 2013 to 2016. She co-founded the project Next – Intercultural Projects at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Between 2002 and 2009, she worked as Project Manager in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education programme.

In 2009, she was appointed Advisor on Culture and Development at the Goethe-Institut in South Africa. Henrike Grohs passed away at the age of 51 in a terrorist attack in Côte d’Ivoire in March 2016 along with 17 other people.


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