We are a multiethnic group of academics, engineers, and business people, passionate about cinema. We all volunteer our time and expertise to bring this unique event to New Zealanders. Our mission is to celebrate African culture through motion pictures and to bring out Africa’s diversities through films from all over that continent. It is also our aim to provide an outlet for African film-makers to showcase and distribute their work globally, on a platform of equal opportunity.
Our team constitutes: a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-chair, Festival-producers
Boubacar Coulibaly is the Founder and Chairman of the African Film Festival New Zealand Trust. With his leadership and clarity of vision for the festival, he has been instrumental in establishing our presence and fostering relationships with our partners and sponsors.
Originally from Mali, Boubacar arrived in New Zealand twenty four years ago. Since then he has been busy raising a family, running a successful engineering company, serving as a tireless worker for the African Community, writing his PhD thesis, he’s in hot demand as a DJ at African parties and somehow still manages to run his family farm in Mali.
He is fluent in French, English and Mandarin and was the President of the African Students’ Association in Beijing. In New Zealand, he became the founding president of the African Community of Auckland Region Incorporated (ACARI) and one of the champions in starting and running the Ethnic Soccer League. Boubacar now aims to enhance and promote cultural understanding between cultures in New Zealand and is inspired by this new venture on behalf of the African film community.
Rosemine is originally from Rwanda and has been in NZ since 1999. She is a graduate
majoring in Community Development. Currently works for New Zealand Red Cross as a
Humanitarian Services Coordinator, and volunteers in the disaster support team.
Rosemine also brings to AFFNZ institutional as well as inter-cultural community knowledge from her extensive work in both the government and non-government sector in New Zealand. Her multicultural community liaison capabilities are a great asset to AFFNZ as well as her project and event management skills. She is passionate about community development and works tirelessly for various groups within the community to help them
achieve their best outcomes.
Dave Tomu has a passion for Africa and the African Diaspora. He has served the African community in various advisory and executive positions and is the recent Past President of the African Communities Forum (ACOFI). In 2013 he was nominated by the Universal Peace Federation as an Ambassador for Peace. He’s board chairperson of the New Zealand African Community Health (NZACH), a member of Powertal International, Waitakere Club. In 2014 Dave was appointed to the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel for the Auckland City Council.
Victor Mueke Robinson
Victor brings to AFFNZ a wealth of experience gained from over 18 years in the Tourism &
Hospitality Industry in New Zealand and overseas. Currently working towards his Masters in International Tourism Management, he has proven expertise in Hotel Management, Auditing and Events & Functions Management. Prior to his arrival in New Zealand in 2009, Victor was instrumental in the establishment of a unique start-up business offering online booking solutions to the hotel industry in Kenya. He is a former Partner in a car accessories enterprise with import links in Dubai.
Married with three children, he is an avid proponent of human transformation and development and holds leadership roles with several community-based organizations and initiatives. Formerly the treasurer of African Communities Forum Inc. (ACOFI), an umbrella body for African Diaspora in New Zealand, Victor is a founding member and a former executive of the Kenyan Community in New Zealand.
My wife, Heather, and I emigrated to New Zealand from England in 2001. We have two children and three grandchildren here in Auckland as well. I retired after teaching English at Rangitoto College for six years. My involvement with the AFF arose from my friendship with Boubacar Coulibaly. We shared an interest in World Music, world politics and world culture. When he became one of the prime movers in the AFF, it was inevitable, I suppose, that I would eventually be drawn in! Now, my roles include writing promotional material and assisting with the marketing of the festival. It is a stimulating venture to be involved in. I sit back and wonder at the enthusiasm and energy that have gone into making the first two years such a success. Almost everything is done by volunteers and the festival is a living embodiment of the phrase, “Everything will be all right on the night”!
Fran is of Malian and New Zealand descent. She was born here in Auckland and has background in film
production and editing. While Fran no longer lives in New Zealand, her passion for African film and for
this project have compelled her to continue working with AFFNZ from afar.
Fama NDIAYE is originally from Senegal, she has been living in North Africa and Europe before moving in New Zealand working as a Network engineer.
Fama was volunteering for the AFFNZ since its first edition helping in the social media communication and monitoring our website and mailing service. In 2017 she took the role of Co-producer of the festival. She is passionate about visual art and an avid learner of arts and cultures.
A dentist by trade left his career and his beloved country Egypt and Moved to Australia/New Zealand to Study Drama making and TV Productions In order to spread awareness and peace.
Halim is now Specialised in Short films with influential strong messages and has more than 11 Short films / Documentary in his Portfolio.
Ayo Beckley- Adesanya
Ayo is originally from Nigeria and has a background in film and television production and a passion for African media.
Memuna is a writer originally from Sierra Leone. She is the author of SURVIVED: The Journey. A narrative about a teen girl’s harrowing experience in the hands of rebel forces in war-torn Sierra Leone.
Martine Udahemuka is Rwandese-born, Aotearoa-raised, and African-spirited. Uprooted from Rwanda as a young refugee, landed in Palmerston-North over two decades ago and now lives in Wellington. Martine is a key member of the African and refugee communities in NZ. She blends her desire to support youth and advocate for migrants in personal and professional pursuits: currently works in a think tank figuring out how to make NZs education system truly world-class and also sits on the Board of the Multicultural Learning and Support Services (MCLaSS) organization.