Roberto Valussi is a multimedia journalist and videographer mainly focusing on West African politics, energy and social affairs. Currently swinging between Accra, Ghana and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Born and raised in Italy, he has lived and worked in UK, Ghana, Algeria, USA, Kosovo and Nigeria. After completing a M.A. in TV Journalism at City University in London, he collaborated with BBC, ABC, Sunday Times and others before freelancing across Africa. In 2015 he has covered the music scene in the Algerian Sahara, post-colonial attitudes in Ghana, presidential elections in Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso. He has also assisted the El Foukr R' Assembly music & film project produced by the Afreekyama Collective as a filmmaker and production manager. His work has appeared in Al Jazeera, BBC, Equal Times, Transconflict, Nigrizia, and Il Fatto Quotidiano, amongst others.
BBC 4 TECH - Snoocode Mobile App / Ghana SnooCode is a mobile app that answers the problem of lack of addresses in developing countries like Ghana. Each location in Ghana has a unique SnooCode that serves as the address for that location. Watch from 17'50'' to 22'34''
EQUAL TIMES - Abidjan - At first sight it looked like an ordinary business news item. On 10 February 2016, it was announced that Petroci, the Ivorian state-owned oil company, had agreed to sell its petrol distribution network to the Swiss-based private company Puma Energy.
EQUAL TIMES - Has Cote d'Ivoire found the answer to its illegal logging problem? In the early 1960s, Côte d’Ivoire had approximately 16 million hectares of forest. Today, it is left with two million hectares, making it one of the worst examples of deforestation in the world. Illegal loggers in Côte d’Ivoire are ravaging virgin forests to meet both domestic and export demands as well as to clear the way for the lucrative cocoa crop. In a 2013 report, the German Development Agency GIZ estimated that the formal logging sector was worth 108 billion Central African Francs (CFA, equivalent to US$176 million). Some 90 per cent of the timber is exported abroad, mainly to the EU, in the form of flooring, plywood and logs from planted forests such as teak and cedrela odorata.
AL JAZEERA - Ivory Coast: Social Cohesion at the Ballot Box. Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Schools reopened a month ago, but many pupils at the Saguidiba high school in Yopougon, Abidjan's largest neighbourhood, have yet to return. Their parents are waiting for the result of Sunday's presidential election to decide whether to enrol their children in a school located in a sensitive area. Yopougon is a stronghold of former President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to accept defeat in the 2010 election triggered a five-month spate of violence that left more than 3,000 dead.
AL JAZEERA - Burkina Faso election: Not a One Man Race. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - The posters, just a few hundred, sprayed on the walls across downtown will not change much in Burkina Faso's history of democracy. Nonetheless, graffiti artist Deri Issaka, 31, decided to take time off from his work to run a mini graffiti campaign in the pre-elections week. Along with a couple of friends, Issaka put up large white posters with stencilled messages that declared: "No more dictatorships", and "Mr President, keep your word."
EL FOUKR R'ASSEMBLY - I shot and edited most of the video, which supports the crowdfunding campaign for a Panafrican artistic project about a Trans-Saharan band. The project has been created and produced by Afreekyama, an independent multimedia production company I'm part of.
AL JAZEERA - Accra, Ghana - In the space of 10 minutes, Alex has downed his third shot of akpeteshie, a local brew of sugar cane or palm wine. An unemployed builder in his mid-40s, Alex is a regular at the modest Ensoyaneyer bar, nestled in a barely lit and unpaved alley of Accra, the Ghanaian capital. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/06/ghana-anti-colonial-beverage-rehabilitated-150616073107080.html