1.We’re tackling the narrative about climate change in Africa: Greta Thunberg is the voice of climate advocacy in Africa. Our latest report, Climate Action in Africa: Is Africa Sleepwalking to disaster? investigates narratives about climate change in Africa. There are no African voices, disaster tweets, and geopolitical tensions dominate. Read more.
2. We were on Straight Talk Africa to discuss why the media needs to tell alternative African stories: Africa’s thriving. Creative industries like film, fashion and music are making a huge mark globally. It was the second-fastest-growing tourism market pre-Covid and has the world’s most active start-up ecosystem. But as we found in the Business in Africa Narrative Report and How African Media Covers Africa, stories about the continent remain skewed towards conflict, corruption,
poverty, poor leadership and disease. Natasha Kimani joined Haydé Adams on the Voice of America to unpack narrative.
3. We love this representation of Africa: What do you get when you put a food blogger, documentary producer and filmmakers in the same community? A very dynamic side of Africa. We partnered with Yasmine Fofana of
AfroFoodie, Oluwaseun Babalolaof SOJU, and AFRISOS, the Tanzanian NGO powering the next generation of narrative-shifting visual storytellers. Catch Yasmine’s delicious food tour of Ivory Coast and Senegal to see what makes them foodie destinations. SOJU’s YouTube seriesfollows the life and times of young people around Africa to explore culture, fashion, creativity, politics, and more. AFRISOS’s underwater filmmaking mentorship program is currently underway.Check them out.
4. We partnered with Jahazi Journal to unpack restitution: The British Museum has more than 100,000 Egyptian artefacts. That’s almost as much as the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. It’s problematic that African artefacts are still held in private collections and by museums in the West, even as global conversations about addressing colonial legacies unfold. The latest edition of Jahazi Journal, Reclaiming Our Cultural Heritage, engages with art restitution through 28 essays by academics and journalists from across the continent. It’s timely, powerful andfree to download here.
5. We want more of Young, Famous and African: Love it or hate, the Netflix show got the world talking about a lot of issues, including parenting, relationships, business, wealth and diversity of narratives that are missing about pop culture, Africa’s creative industry and African youth. Read
6. We went behind the scenes at an artist’s studio for a conversation on inspiration and creativity: Emerging Artist Fellow, Mahoutondji Kinmagbo, took over our IG to showcase his work and talk about his upcoming animated short film about a teenage girl passionate about living in a world where creativity is a way of life.