features the work from African photographers, designers and writers and grants insights into contemporary Africa.


    The NICE Magazine Abidjan is in the stores!

  • about

    KLAYM is an independent association founded in 2015. We are dedicated to support and train young talents in photography, video production, graphic media design and writing who are facing limited access to long-term professional training in African countries with little national funding structures. The association is committed to giving their authentic stories a global exposure. We believe in the claim of young African professionals to share their own experiences, stories and new perspectives from a continent of rapid change.

    For this, KLAYM not only supports creative talents but also opens and distributes their work to a broader audience.

  • workshops

    KLAYM leads workshops for young professionals in media and design with local and international instructors in various countries in Africa. The aim is to strengthen the participants in their individual visions and narratives.

    Each workshop not only sets a strong focus on practical aspects of conceiving and producing a story. It also trains the business skills of our participants and teaches them methods to establish longterm relationships with clients.

    On a second level the workshops provide the young initiators with the infrastructure to create their own magazine showcasing the subjects they deal with in their work. Each workshop leads to a dedicated publication.

    The goal of KLAYM is to ensure our participants expertise and support them with a higher global exposure.

  • publications

    Africa has the highest concentration of young people on the planet, all finding their way in life.

    Our publication series NICE showcases the creative output from young storytellers with a strong style of narrative.

    The magazine published by KLAYM features mainly selected works from our workshop trainees, but looks at further contributions as well.

    Each issue travels to a new city and country and is shaped by a main theme relevant to the young generation there. The publication series of KLAYM is both a business card for our contributors, and a stand alone magazine featuring contemporary work from the African continent in photography, visual design and journalism.

    The visual identity of our publication series is shaped by the philosophy, that the material itself leads to the right form. Therefore the contributors are actively included in the editorial design. It is their platform to share individual visions and ideas with the rest of the world.

    The most recent issue of NICE features Abidjan. Interested in reading it? Order your copy online with us or find the magazine in the store.

  • NICE in the stores


    Athenaeum Bookstore & Newscentre, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland

    Duplikat - Buch + Papier, Zurich, Switzerland

    Kosmos, Zurich, Switzerland

    Kunstgriff, Zurich, Switzerland

    Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland

    Never stop reading, Zurich, Switzerland

    OOR Records, Zurich, Switzerland

    Qwstion, Zurich, Switzerland

    Sphères, Zurich, Switzerland

  • Team 2017

    Adou Kouakou

    Team Nice '17, photographer, painter, project coordinator

    Adou Kouakou Emmanuel (1977) graduated from the Regional Conservatory of Arts and Crafts of Abengourou with a specialty in contemporary painting. As a photographer, musician, painter and trainer, AKE, has been a member in numerous art juries. His work has been awarded and exhibited in Fairs, Festivals and Exhibitions both in Ivory Coast and abroad.

    Ake is project coordinator for the Nice Magazine 2017, he lives in Abidjan with his family.


    Team Nice '17, Art directors, lecturer in editorial design

    Sereina Rothenberger and David Schatz are founders of Hammer, a Zurich based creative agency working across the fields of art direction and graphic design. Sereina, raised in Côte d'Ivoire was a lecturer for Editorial Design at the Zurich University of Arts until 2013 and currently holds a professorship at the College of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe. Since 2016, David and Sereina are faculty member of the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts. They are based in Zurich.


    Séthou Banhoro

    Team Nice '17, journalist, editor and adviser

    Séthou Banhoro (1970) is a journalist for the Ivorian daily Fraternité Matin. In 2015 she won the highest award presented to journalists in Ivory Coast: the Super Ebony Award. She was further assigned the award for best Ivorian performance in print media as well as the Prix Diégou Bailly for best investigative reporting. Séthou writes about contemporary social issues: How football empties classrooms with little boys dreaming of becoming Didier Drogba, the exploitation of minors in the transport sector, the galley of children born in prison or about the daily struggle for water, security and sanitation in Abidjan's most populated areas.


    Franziska Kristensen

    Team Nice '17, fundraiser and founder to Klaym

    Franziska Kristensen (1977) has a back-ground in international relations and political science graduating from University of St.Gallen. She has worked as a fundraiser and manager of non-for-profit organizations and knows the start up world. As CFO of a social impact start up and director of various foundations and associations, she has gathered deep experience in the management and steering of organizations, as well as coordination of intercultural projects. Franziska is based with her family near Zurich.

    Rahel Arnold

    Team Nice '17, graphic designer, lecturer, founder Klaym

    Rahel Arnold born 1976 is a graphic designer and photo editor. She started her studio in 2004 in Zurich. Her work includes editorial design, illustration, visual identities and webdesign.

    Right after her studies at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2002, she started giving classes in different fields of Graphic Design, and continues this with passion. She works as a photo editor for the swiss daily NZZ. Currently, she is also a regular lecturer at the F+F School of Arts and Design Zurich. Rahel lives in Zurich.


    Benoit Hili

    Team Nice '17, lecturer, journalist

    Benoit Hili (1973) is a journalist based in Abidjan. He is currently deputy head of the Ivorian daily newspaper Fraternité Matin. For The Nice Magazine, Benoit coached the photographers in their role as novice writers. He inspired, directed, and guided them in their interview technique and the genre of their texts. Benoit Hili confided that he was "very enriched" by this Nice experience, because it allowed him to "develop" his coaching side. Above all, he realized how "photographers have their own stories to tell," and how much life and relief a picture can bring to the writing.

    Abbas Makke

    Team Nice '17, photographer, lecturer

    The Lebanese-born photographer Abbas Makke is based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire . He is the founder and owner of Magic Studio, the best reference for professional photo services and highquality printing in Abidjan. Abbas is a creative mind, a passionate explorer and a devoted mentor to his trainees. He instantly volunteered to support the workshop as an instructor and is generously making his photo studio and equipment available for training. In full compliance with his joy of improvisation Abbas is an ambassador for selfbuild gear.


    Flurina Rothenberger

    Team Nice '17, photographer, lecturer, founder to Klaym

    Flurina Rothenberger born in 1977 is an awarded Swiss photographer, selfpublisher and lecturer in photography raised in Zuénoula, Côte d'Ivoire. She has spent her career working on the African continent.

    Her photographs focus on the expanding urban landscape, often based in some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and the people that move within it. She has published two books with Edition Patrick Frey.



    Candy Pilar Godoy

    Team Nice '17, photography producer

    Candy Pilar Godoy (1985) is a photography producer who was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Literature and Film, with a focus on Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has worked all across the globe, producing mainly in Mexico and Brazil. Based in New York, Candy backed the Nice project as a video and multimedia producer, and with her experience as a creator of photo workshops.

    Philips Soro

    Team Nice '17, video and multimedia producer

    Philips Noel Soro is an experienced engineer and trainer in telecommunication, multimedia and audiovisual technologies.

    His expertise includes electronics, computing, website conception and multimedia production. In the past eleven years Philips has worked as a media and technical operator and advisor for TV channels, radio stations and private companies both in Ivory Coast and abroad.

    In 2016 he founded his own company Betsal’el. Philips lives in Abidjan with his family.


    Oumou Dosso

    Team Nice '17, journalist, mentor and advisor

    Oumou Dosso ( 1972) is a genuine professional multitalent. The reknown journalist and columnist is currently appointed director of communication and public relations at the Ministry of higher education and scientific research in Côte d'Ivoire. She was former appointed editor adviser for the Ivorian daily Fraternité Matin. Oumou Dosso holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Cocody in Abidjan. She further qualified in music education a field she taught in for several years before becoming a researcher at the Center for Research on Arts and culture in Abidjan.

    Joana Choumali

    Team Nice '17, photographer, reviewer


    Joana Choumali (1974), is a fine art photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She studied Graphic Arts in Casablanca and worked as an Art Director in an advertising agency before embarking on her photography career.

    She works primarily on conceptual portraiture, mixed media and documentary. Much of her work focuses on Africa, and what she, as an African, is learning about the myriad cultures around her. Joana is based in Abidjan.



  • support us

    Klaym campaigns for a stronger presence of African photographers on the global stage.


    Our initiative has been blessed with great and encouraging feedbacks from all over the world. However, in order to explore the full potential of our workshop and publication we are in need of support. If you would like to see more work from African photographers in the future: kindly support our efforts!


    Your help is best appreciated with a donation either directly via through our shop (see options below) or via transfer to our bank account:

    Bank: PostFinance, Switzerland

    Account No.: 61-176602-2, IBAN: CH07 0900 0000 6117 6602 2



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