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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.

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.

1 February 2021,  Africa No Filter

Africa No Filter is looking for 12 exceptional Africa artists to join the organisation’s Emerging Artists Fellows Program.

The program will provide 12 exceptional creative practitioners from across the continent with mentorship, peer to peer skills sharing and new networks through monthly fellow-led seminars throughout the year. Fellows will also be supported with a $5000 grant to assist in executing the proposed project, documenting findings and establishing new creative methodologies that can be presented and taught to a wider audience.

17 December 2020,  Moky Makura

Join Africa’s first soft news agency

Are you passionate about finding and sharing stories that present a different perspective of your country and community? Are you tired of the stereotypical narratives that prevail about the continent? And how much do you know about countries other than yours?

16 November 2020,  Moky Makura

It’s Funding Season at Africa No Filter. Creatives, Arts & Culture and Media Organisations Are Encouraged to Apply.

The story of Africa continues to be defined by stereotypes and negative perceptions that point to a continent where conflict, poor leadership, disease, corruption and poverty prevail. Besides lacking nuance and authenticity, the prevailing narrative about the continent belies its rich heritage, creativity and innovative spirit.

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?

25 September 2020,  Moky Makura

Literature Review on African Youth And The Impact Of Narrative.

The world has been observing, prodding and analysing a new species called ‘the youth in Africa’. We know where to find them, how long they have been around and that there are far too many of them, but you probably don’t know much more for sure. The world needs a plan to manage the youth in Africa – or distract them because unlike viral trends we think we know why they’re trending.

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.

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