Daaf can be booked as a speaker or researcher (both in English and Dutch).
With an academic background in International Relations and Journalism, Daaf is able to critically analyse and assess the grassroots reality in Africa from a political, social or economic perspective. Aside from using the generally used top down-approach, his way of work enables him to investigate situations from a bottom up-approach.
Throughout the years, he advised various educational institutions, such as the University of Nijmegen and assisted several (non-governmental) organisations, like Africa Integrity Indicators, with their research and policy advice. Among other things, Daaf is specialised in environmental development, humanitarian advice and the increasing influence of China across the continent.
As a speaker, he combines his experiences on the road in sub-Saharan Africa with stories that his peers in the given countries share. The combination of anecdotes and personal experiences, together with the valuable input from Africa’s next generation, offers a unique glance at a mighty and rapidly changing continent. This refreshing approach helps to move away from vastly outdated stereotypes and enables the audience to better comprehend contemporary Africa.
Among other things, Daaf spoke at the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands during the annual ‘Africa Day’, organized workshops for Doctors Without Borders and frequently appears on Dutch and Belgian radio shows and in podcasts.
Jeroen Dunk, Geography teacher
“During his talk at the Afrikadag, Daaf told us about his work as a correspondent for various media outlets, and how he experiences that uplifting stories deriving from Africa are widely declined as those don’t fit the existing narrative about Africa in the western world. This further strengthens his ambition to debunk existing misconceptions and accommodate Africa’s narrative to its inimitable progress.”
Etinosa Osayimwen, Documentary Photographer (World Press Photo, Africa talent 2020)
“I joined The Bright Continent back in 2017 when I started learning about photography. As Africans, we are trying to deconstruct the existing stereotypes about Africa these days and The Bright Continent is continuously contributing to this ongoing discussion.”
Max Koffi, Director, Africa in Motion.
“Most people have two basic images of Africa: one that represents "the good" Africa: safaris, tribes, and Egypt's pyramids and another that represents "the bad" Africa: war, famine, poverty, and peril. In short, Africa is either Eden or Hell. Some of us hold just one of those extreme images in our mind, while most of us hold both. However, few of us spend much time thinking about the immense zone of possibilities that lies in between those two extreme images. That's where the vast majority of Africa's one billion people live. That’s what The Bright Continent is promoting! Keep up your brilliant work!”
Sean Healy, Advisor, Médecins sans Frontières
“His work was of a very high standard, and I was happy to distribute it to all our heads of mission, and recommend them that they read it.”