Who We Are

11267297_1585163631736712_2077574088_nAmoukanama has been founded in the hearts of many people, especially the young acrobats of Matam Conakry, Guinea. It was them who have made the seeds for this project as it is their hard work and courage who led to the origin of the acrobatics in Guinea. however, there are a few who are currently leading the project to its realization… Let us show you a little video of who the acrobats are…

 

The people who are currently leading this project are: 

Alseny Sacko

17820263_2057477637812455_177872539_oBorn and raised in Conakry, Alseny or “Assenic” grew up in the neighboorhoud of Matam where he was part of the first acrobat group originating from their local hip hop group ‘Negro Radical’. Withups and downs, he kept following the path of cirque, specializing in acrobatics, chinese pole and base. With experiences in internationals shows as AFrika!Afrika! and Tagadart, he merits today to be called a motivational example for the young acrobats dreaming to follow his lead.

Ballamoussa Bangoura 

ballaAlways smiling and encouraging others, Ballamoussa has been with part of the history of circus in Guinea from the beginning. As second generation artist with Circus Baobab, he brought back lots of ideas and experience to share with the acrobats from his neighborhood. He might rightly be called one of the foundation members of acrobat groups in Conakry and one of the most determined persons of Matam. Currently he is working with Cavalia.

Ousmane Soumah 

alayeOusmane started too at a young age with some acrobatics. As part of the childhood friends of Alseny, he wasn’t let a lot of choice as Assenic was so enthusiastic to share the ‘joy’ of acrobatics. As it brought a lot of pain as well, Ousmane decided he preferred to study and went following a higher education of telecommunication and technique. As trustworthy person, he is the right person to take the position of secretary of the association in Guinea.

Aboubacar Gassama 

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Growing up in Matam, Aboubacar or ‘Bouba’ was familiar with the acrobatics of his friends. Though he was much more interested in books and numbers, he followed their struggle and training fromthe side. Today he takes up the position of Tresory for the association of Amoukanama.

Nathalie Vandenabeele 

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Born in Belgium, but with a great wanderlust in her heart, Nathalie discovered the world through her studies as bio-engineer, different apprenticeships in the medicinal plant and ecological building world to eventually find a place in Costa Rica at Kindred Spirits. From there she auditioned to work with Cavalia’s artistic director, Benjamin Aillaud, got accepted in BAIHA and so discovered the world of Cirque. This world has kept her ever since, in which she discovered the lion heart’s and motivational spirit of the acrobats in Guinea. Several months of training with them resulted in the birth of Amoukanama…

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The enthusiastic team of sympathizers among which Abdoulaye Sacko, our ‘vieux père’, Alseny Koumbassa and off course, Mr. Bangoura who was willing to give us communal land for our project on the Island of Tamara, where he is fighting every day with courage and determination to revive his community and improve their living circumstances.

And not to forget, all the volunteers, symphatizers, sponsors and friends in Belgium who are helping to realize this project! 

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