Franklin Esajas

Co-founder and chairman of Omroepvereniging SME-TV and initiator of the much-discussed television program: “Suriname(rs) Anders Viewed”.




Franklin Esajas

Co-founder and chairman of Omroepvereniging SME-TV and initiator of the much-discussed television program: “Suriname(rs) Anders Viewed”.

Franklin Esajas was born on December 24, 1960 in Paramaribo in Suriname.

He left for the Netherlands in 1968, where he performed a wide variety of activities after secondary school, including: Sailor on inland shipping at Transol; Has worked for Smithkline Beecham for 18 years of which he was secretary of the Works Council for 3 years and left as supervisor in the logistics department; Has been chairman of the SVB – Bijlmer sports association (1998th division KNVB) since 5; Radio maker at Radio MART and is the initiator of his own radio program at Mart Radio “Gedonder op de Zondag”;

Currently television program maker at MorEsa Productions (secretary);
Co-founder and chairman of Broadcasting Association SME-TV and initiator of the much-discussed television program: “Suriname(rs) Anders Viewed”
Shows programs about Suriname and Surinamese from their own vision.
Father of four daughters and one son.

“I became motivated to start with the program: “Suriname(rs) Different Views” because I noticed how great the need was among our target group for recognisability. The ex-colonies are hardly featured on Dutch television. And if so, it's rarely positive.

I came to the Netherlands as a boy of eight years old and lived in Dutch foster families and homes until I was seventeen. I suddenly had to think and feel Dutch. My Surinamese identity was pushed into the background as a result. Only my black skin color I carried with me, according to my white educators. And by my white peers, that black color was often used as a “weapon” against me.

Still, it didn't bother me then. I have learned a lot from life within the white foster homes and boarding schools. Until I opened up again as the Surinamese with a black background. The awareness-raising process that had never disappeared, was actively reactivated. After eighteen years I went back to Suriname for the first time. Quite a revelation. Years later I started making current programs at the Surinamese local radio in Amsterdam so that I could reach a larger group with whom I could exchange ideas about living and working in the Netherlands without losing your identity.

In 1998 I got the opportunity to show my own home videos on a local channel in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. I had no media or journalistic experience at all, but since the viewers' reactions were beyond expectations, I was unstoppable. People had little trouble with the amateur camera work. They were concerned with the content of the program. I was heartbroken from all sides. I invested in my travels to Suriname to continue with these programs in particular.

I also highlighted the Surinamese in the Netherlands who were engaged in a positive way but who could never be seen or heard by their own group.

Every now and then I was spontaneously assisted by third parties during the recordings. Until more than a year later I contacted Margo Morrison. This artist fascinated me with her beautiful Surinamese poems. The way she thought, felt and spoke about Suriname really appealed to me. I wanted to use her poems as a voice-over on certain topics in my programs. Since then, we as the MorEsa Productions Foundation have worked together on the program: “Suriname(rs) Different Views”) for Omroepvereniging SME-TV - Collaboration Media Entertainment. We do this work with all our heart and with love for Suriname and the Surinamese population. I thank everyone who believes in us and those who cooperate in bringing this product to a successful conclusion.”