If Africa was beautiful

>> Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hello World!
I always wonder why the media always portrait Africa in a negative way….
The typical stereotype image most people have of Africa is always a child with flies around his/her face


If not, we will be thinking of Africa as a land of war,



political instability,

Political instability index


Artist_Dees produced this striking image after the FAO warned that Africa had to learn to feed itself_thumb[2]

or aids

I then wonder:

If the beautiful picture that Camara Laye portrait for La Guinea in his book L’Enfant Noir did exist…


are the African values, cultural richness


, tradition 


and Conakry as wonderful as he describes 


If the African flora 

and fauna 


really striking as they are pictured in the Kirikou cartoon?


When will I see such coverage on Africa making the headline on the CNN, France 24 or BCC World and on our local media?

Africa is indeed a beautiful country far from the gloomy and dark  image shown by the media



Reech March 31, 2010 at 5:27 AM  

It involves only part of the country. A big part is suffering but there's also it's beauty. If we focus only on its beauty, less people will contribute to help. Moreover, the news want to make us realise how bad the situation of Africa is bad and how lucky we are. They are trying to encourage help from all over the world. but, yeah... you are right though! It's giving Africa a dirty reputation and it's quite bad to always go on and on about their bad living conditions.

I got the book "L'enfant noir" at home but never read it. The novel "Nervous Conditions" by Tsitsi Dangarembga is more about African culture. It's a nice story (:

Gaia March 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM  

Noways the concept of journalism has changed...its just about selling news...I think the true spirit of journalism resides in its impartiality and we readers need a balance point of view...for instance in Africa, we never have any coverage on progress being made there...did you ever see such thing on TV?...just ask yourself whenever you heard about Africa, which words or mental image do you associate it...its then you realize the impact of media on you :p

Reech April 5, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

yea...the word that came up was "poor" :-S

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