Press Releases

3 May 2021,  Africa No Filter

New Report on African media shows western sources dominate how the African story is told

The research surveyed 38 African editors, analyzed content from 60 African news outlets in 15 countries (Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Egypt, Tunisia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal) between September and October 2020.

21 April 2021,  Africa No Filter

Ten tips to make your grant proposal shine

Funders share their tips and tools to help creatives look for funding, polish their grant proposals and give themselves a shot at being noticed by funders.

30 March 2021,  Africa No Filter

Africa No Filter’s partnership with Western Union will ensure effective and rapid money transfers to Africa’s young creative talent.

As a grant-making organisation, having a safe, reliable financial partner to help us dispense the funds quickly is critical, and Western Union is a trusted payment brand.” Western Union has a vast network of outlets that can deliver grants to individuals in small communities and those in large cities equally effectively.

23 March 2021,  Africa No Filter

The British Council joins the movement to shift stereotypical narratives about Africa

Africa No Filter’s pooled funding now tops USD 5million. The funds are used for grant-making, research and advocacy campaigns that highlight narratives and their impact on the continent.

8 March 2021

#takebackthepen: Experts say this is why African media outlets struggle to cover more African news

“Until we have much stronger and more vibrant sort of new media platforms that speak to these audiences in language and context that makes sense to them, it's very difficult to drive a new African narrative,” said Tomiwa Aladekomo. Aladekomo is the CEO of Zikoko Media, which gets six million hits every month on their website and social media.

15 February 2021

African Academics join forces to investigate African narratives under new fellowship program

The African fellows, who are based both on the continent and in the diaspora, will conduct research across more than 15 African countries. And while the story-telling mediums and topics they will study differ, outcomes will have the same impact: they will offer a broader picture of how Africans talk about each other, and how those from outside Africa talk about us – especially in China and the Middle East.

16 October 2020,  Moky Makura

Africa No Filter launches the Emerging Scholars Fellowship program to explore evidence-based narratives about Africa.

Poverty, poor leadership, corruption, conflict and disease are the frames that spring to mind when many people think about Africa. Is there more to these outdated stories, are these stereotypical narratives of a continent and its people who lack agency, need fixing and are dependent on wealthy countries the prevailing ones?

15 September 2020,  Moky Makura

New US, UK funders to join African narrative collaborative

The UK’s Comic Relief and the US-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation are the latest funders to join Africa No Filter (ANF) – a donor collaborative working to change harmful and stereotypical narratives about and within Africa. Both organisations join existing partners Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Mellon Foundation, Luminate and Open Society Foundations to fund an ambitious program – influencing how the world sees Africa and how Africa sees itself.