1. What’s it like being African in the diaspora? The Being African: How Africans Experience the Diaspora report investigated how young Africans experience their diaspora, how they define being African and the basis of their belonging. It also looked into how they negotiate relationships with other Africans and how the prevailing stereotypical narratives about Africa impact perceptions about the continent. Read the report. Join the
Africa No Filter Presents: A Conversation About Being African in the Diaspora webinar on Thursday, 15 February 2024 at 16:00 GMT to unpack findings from the report. Register here.
2. Our community is influencing how the world sees Africa: New African magazine kicked off the year by publishing their annual list of 100 Most Influential Africans, and it features ANF narrative champions and storytellers who include Marie Mbullu, Moses Kiboneka, Charity Ekezie, Tomiwa Aladekomo, Claude Grunitzky and Wode Maya. Read.
3. We had a meetup with Narrative Champions in Lagos: The Africa No Filter Lagos Meetup took place on 24 January 2024. It featured storytelling, networking, and spirited
conversations about celebrating contemporary African stories. The meetup was attended by ANF Narrative Champions, ANF partners, and the ANF team. It was held at Turaka, at EbonyLife Place on Victoria Island. See pictures.
4. We amplified our call to action: Recently, rapper Meek Mill asked a
question that added more perspective to our advocacy. He tweeted: “Do a lot of people play my music in South Africa I remember having on big show their few years back… how do yall listen to our music in South Africa? On what platform or in Nigeria?”. The exaggerated sarcastic responses to his question ranged from “We use empty bottles to communicate with ancestors and your music starts playing from the clouds” to “We beg the one town crier to perform at regular town halls”. Share your story to get Africa better represented this year. Remember to tag @Africanofilter on all platforms with #BetterRepresentation and we’ll repost you.
5. We’re at Royal Africa Society's Prospects and Forecasts 2024: An expert panel examined Africa's political, economic, climatic, and cultural outlook in the year ahead. Moky Makura joined the panel to talk about Africa’s soft power and how the continent’s food, music, film and art are changing the story of the continent from stereotypes of conflict and poverty, to the story of innovation and creativity. Watch what she says about what to expect from Africa’s creativity industry and storytellers in 2024.