ANF Blog

Write for us. We’re looking for thought-provoking commentary on popular culture and your responses, stereotypical stories or artistic depictions of Africa, and Africans.

We’re also looking for the boldest and most beautiful image you have of Africa. Whether it’s your favorite building, public art piece, or green space in your city. You can also share ordinary moments that show the uniqueness of where you live, your heritage, and cultural or religious celebrations.

You can also share traditional cuisine, street fashion, iconic locations, and lifestyle experiences. Remember to only send hi-resolution images that are taken with a smartphone or a digital camera. All photos will be credited and all rights remain with the photographer.

28 July 2021 Africa No Filter

#HotOpportunities: Rise and Grind with these funding opportunities for African creatives and storytellers

Warm your vocal cords, polish that manuscript, edit your documentary series…whatever your creative project is, get ready to pitch it because it’s raining funding for individual and collective projects, including the opportunity to be funded by Africa No Filter and a fellowship programme offered by Harvard University. There’s also a $25,000 grant for emerging filmmakers and a chance for an early-career journalist to work in a leading U.S newsroom.

28 July 2021,  Africa No Filter

Jobs, smartphones, and breaking news dominated Google searches in Africa in June - but Egypt had lingerie on the mind

“Ask Google” has become a mantra when looking for information, so what better place to go to find out what people around Africa are most curious about? We analysed data from Google Trends to see how Africa is feeling. This month, hope and gloom were side-by-side, whether the news was driven by equity, health, sports, or tech.

22 July 2021

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.

19 July 2021,  Africa No Filter

Protests and sport dominate African conversations in June

It’s worth looking into if it’s trending on Twitter. That’s what we do - every month. After all, Twitter is the world’s soapbox where people congregate to share their opinions about their world.

6 July 2021,  Africa No Filter

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.

22 June 2021,  Moky Makura

Jobs, jobs, jobs – that's what’s on Africa’s collective mind

If you want to know what people are really thinking about, look at their internet search history. So that’s what we do – every month. We analyse Google trends data about the continent to see how Africa is feeling.

4 June 2021

We're in the House! Narrative Matters Newsletter #1

What does an Ethiopian businesswoman who founded a software company have in common with a Nigerian singer/songwriter? The answer: gobal status.

2 June 2021

Hot Opportunity: Africa's first and only story agency for stories of arts, culture, tourism and innovation is looking for content creators

bird is looking for African content creators and digital storytellers passionate about telling alternative and compelling human-interest and feature stories about their communities and countries. And who better to tell these stories than a generation that has already taken back the pen through social media, blogs, vlogs and other digital storytelling platforms?

If that’s you, join us.

14 May 2021,  Africa No Filter

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.

Send your images or writing to using ‘My African Lens’ or “Point of View” as the subject line. Don’t forget to tell us about the submission.