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African narratives can unite a continent
Africans know little of each other, and what we do know is filtered through the distorted lens of Western media stereotypes. Until we start listening to each other’s stories, our hopes for a united Africa will remain a dream.
In 2018 the fictional country Wakanda from the movie Black Panther was the fourth most mentioned African country on Twitter – after Egypt, South Africa and Kenya. The fact that Africa’s fourth most talked about country doesn’t exist tells us two things: pop culture is a powerful tool for narrative work and we need to do more to make Africa’s 51 remaining real countries more compelling.
The 'Jerusalema' Phenomenon Shows Africa's Trendsetting Abilities
Written by South African producer and DJ Master KG with vocalist Nomcebo Zikode, "Jerusalema" started life as a rhythmic South African gospel track, and grew with the addition of the Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy's voice. It then raced to every corner of the globe in the form of the #jerusalemadancechallenge.
What many Africans are hoping to see in Beyonce's 'Black is King'
In March 2018, a month after the film "Black Panther" was released, the fictional country Wakanda was the fourth most-mentioned African country on Twitter -- after Egypt, South Africa and Kenya -- according to a 2019 study by the University of Southern California. The fact that Africa's fourth most-talked about country doesn't exist confirms just how powerful pop culture is in shaping our understanding of the world around us.
Let the lions roar and change the way the world sees Africa
You may have seen them; violent videos of black people being punched, kicked, trodden on and spat at. These images are being passed around on social media platforms on a phone near you. The Nigerians, Egyptians, Malians, Ugandans, Kenyans and Congolese in Guangzhou, the manufacturing centre of China, are being discriminated against because of fears they might be spreading the Coronavirus.