Nikki Rixon


Twenty Ten Exhibition by nikkirixon1

A selection of my work will be shown at the “Twenty Ten on the road” exhibition, which presents a selection of work created by the Twenty Ten journalists prior to and during the World Cup.

Click here to see features from the project and for more information about Twenty Ten go to:

www.roadto2010.com

The exhibition is open to the public from 19 November – 28 November 2010.

Venue: Paulaner Brauhaus
Clocktower Square
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town

Fans on the train on their way home after the Argentina vs Germany Quarter Final - FIFA World Cup 2010 - at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa

Young Ghanian football players jogging in the early morning, which is part of their football training at the Kwahu Tafo Village in Mpraeso, a town 3 hours journey north of Accra in Ghana. The Football Academy was established to train local children to improve their fitness and football skills. Many of the children come from underprivileged homes from the surrounding area. The majority of the children live in a hostel in Kwahu Tafo.

Alina Thonjeni, 69 years old sits in her bedroom in front of a mirrored dressing table. She is a single mother to four children has exactly the sort of entrepreneurial spirit necessary to benefit from the influx of tourists associated with the World Cup. She retired from her job in order to convert her modest but well-kept home in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, into a guesthouse. She hopes to provide a viable, cost-effective alternative to the mainstream hotels and their massively inflated prices for the 2010 World Cup.

Amanda Nkosi, 35 a single mother of 2 has been living in Mataffin community her whole life. On her way back from work she was shot in the leg by the police, during a protest against the children having to be taught in unventilated prefab school. She was in hospital for nearly 6 months and lost her job because of this. She is currently unemployed and disabled and struggles to support her family. She has made a claim against the police but nothing has come of this. She said it is hard to be happy about the world cup and having the stadium in Mataffin as it has only brought her misery in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, South Africa.



Heading to Johannesberg for the 2010 World Cup by nikkirixon1

I will be in Johannesburg for the month of June, where I will be photographing the 2010 World Cup and events surrounding it for World Press Photos & Africa Media Online.

I have also started my Tin Can Town project. Natasha was forcibly moved to Blikkiesdorp (translated as “Tin Can Town” from the  Afrikaans, and popularly known as the “dumping ground” of the Cape) after living in and around Seapoint for 15 years:

I’m glad to have a home but we are so far away from everything. We used to find our food in the rubbish bins of the residents in the area and got money from begging now there’s nothing around, we go 3 or 4 days without food. I know they are trying to tidy away Cape Town’s poor and homeless before the World Cup. We’ve been threatened if we are found back on the streets we will be locked up.

Natasha



Ghana vs Sudan – Soccer World Cup Qualifier by nikkirixon

I’m off to Accra tomorrow to document events surrounding the Ghana vs Sudan World Cup Qualifier match on 6th September….

My focus will be the Kwahu Tafo Football Academy in Mpraeso, a few hours north of Accra.




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