Africa is NOT a Country

Did you know that Africa is not a country? Who knew? In fact, Africa is the second largest continent in the world, and according to the United Nations, there are 54 countries in Africa today! As I mentioned in a previous post, the African media has been criticised for failing to market the true identity … Continue reading Africa is NOT a Country

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Mr. Lonely Lighting Africa

In 2014, American/Senegalese former music artist Akon started a project which aimed to provide electricity to Africa by means of solar energy, particularly in rural areas. This is Akon Lighting Africa, a charity organisation that is doing great things in Africa but has been extremely overlooked in the media. To date, the project operates in … Continue reading Mr. Lonely Lighting Africa

Poverty Porn: Thinking Out Loud

‘Poverty porn’ can be defined as: “Any type of media… which exploits the poor’s condition in order to generate the necessary sympathy for selling newspapers or increasing charitable donations or support for a given cause”. (Collin 2009) Last year, UK-based charity organisation Comic Relief had its recent film branded ‘poverty porn’ by an aid watchdog. … Continue reading Poverty Porn: Thinking Out Loud

A Brief History of Colonisation in Africa

Before I delve into the representation of Africa by the Western media, and how Western discourses negatively affect development in the region, it is important to understand the historical and political history of Africa being exploited by Western countries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pis5f085P3M As the video explains, Africa’s colonisation by European powers was driven by a hunger for … Continue reading A Brief History of Colonisation in Africa