New handbook outlines how to write about Africa for development community
How to write about Africa: A new handbook provides eight steps for the development community to share their work on the continent more ethically.
bird, Africa No Filter’s story agency, goes live
Nairobi and Johannesburg, July 6, 2021… Africa No Filter (ANF), the not-for-profit organisation focused on narrative change, has launched bird, Africa’s first, optimized-for-mobile, story agency designed to shift narratives about and within the continent.
Ballet in Nairobi, jazz in Joburg, and an 11-year old tech protégé from Zambia - these are some of the storytelling projects funded by the Africa No Filter Kekere Storytellers Fund
The storytellers are from Morocco, Madagascar, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, Guinea, Zambia, and Ghana. They’ll produce digital and in-person projects that range from short films, podcasts and articles to photographic series, spoken word and dance performances and even a colouring book for children - all as part of Africa No Filter’s work of shifting stereotypical narratives about Africa.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.