While Malaïka has just celebrated its 15 years of existence, Hamaji Magazine has been taking you on a journey to the heart of the world, on the African continent, for almost 10 years.

38. This special issue dedicated to the Congolese philanthropist Noëlla Coursaris Musunka is particularly dear to my heart. Not only for the immense joy I have in entrusting her with the editorial line of the first issue of the year 2023, but above all for the immense consideration and respect I have for her, her work, her commitment in Africa, in the DRC, and her desire to work for her country through girls’ education, sustainability and community development. Fundamental issues that concern us all, wherever we are on the continent.

2013 – 2023. Hamaji Magazine became an obvious choice. This publication that I wished to create for all of you had to be free and offered to as many people as possible. Its digitalisation today, allows thousands of followers around the world to download each issue for free on Hamaji Magazine’s website and to read us. Today, Hamaji Magazine has inscribed its free reading project in the long term, only thanks to the support of economic actors and companies who believe, as I do, that reading, like culture and the arts, is an essential nourishment for the blossoming of people and their openness to the world. André Malraux said: “Art is the shortest way from man to man”.

I have always produced books and publications about Africa. A little more than 30 years ago, in another life as a publisher, I had always been convinced that the African continent was the heart of everything. After leaving the Ivory Coast, where we had a publishing house, and moving to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largest French-speaking country in the world, I realised how free reading was the only way to go in this country of almost 100 million inhabitants. And how important it was for Africans to take ownership of the image of their continent, of their countries.

It seemed urgent to me then to propose an editorial project that could both present a new interpretation of travel, of the discovery of familiar places, and of more distant African destinations. A project that could draw new bridges between all these regions of Africa that still ignore each other, in order to create this new impetus, new desires to travel across the continent.

As we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our publication, I would like to thank once again the advertisers who support our work and our commitment. Thank you to the readers of Hamaji Magazine who send us valuable encouragement, and follow us on our social networks.

Thank you.

Marie-Aude Delafoy