Lumieres d'Afriques | MAAN YOUSSOUF AHMED
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Maan Youssouf Ahmed is a video producer and photographer born in 1958 in Djibouti, where she currently lives and works.


She left Djibouti to take up audiovisual and cinematography studies at the University of Arts and Culture, in Lille III. On her return to Djibouti in 2008, she set up her own production agency and then left for Rome to study photography. However, she always returns to her original love, film. She worked with the directors of “Chevaliers du Ciel,” in 2005, “Si le vent soulève les sables,” in 2006, and “Fleur du désert,” in 2009.


Maan Y. Ahmed looks to create a bridge between the spectator and her own vision of Djibouti, especially through her photographs and her documentary films. After working as a camerawomen for the Somali television network Horn Cable, she set up the company Somali Worldwide Broadcasting (SWB) in 2013, and in conjunction she hosts an online television platform.


In 2014, the Institut français of Djibouti exhibited her first photographic show entitled Pièces détachées (Detached Pieces).


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Maan Youssouf Ahmed,
Not There Yet, 2015,
Printed on Hahnemühle photorag baryta,
3 photographs of 40 x 120 cm,
©Maan Youssouf Ahmed

As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.


All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.


We have preventively taken the decision to temporarily suspend all our activities in the field in order to participate in the security of all and to try stop the spread of the virus on the continent.


As we know today, the speed of implementation of measures to protect people on a collective scale is critical in the future fight against the impact of this virus.


In these times of containment, you can find some of our projects and keep in touch on :


The virtual gallery of the Lumières d'Afriques exhibition


AAD website 


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Above all, take care of yourself and your loved ones.


AAD team.