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Hi all,

Am taking a break for the Easter holidays and will be back later this week with another post! I’ll leave you with this advert I spotted in a copy of Glamour magazine last week – a perfect example of a company of promoting ‘voluntourism’ – interchangeable, apparently ‘worthwhile’ holidays for British teenagers… ridiculous!


The truth is out there – challenging stereotypes

I’ve got a growing list of topics/thoughts/articles/etc that I want to blog about, but I thought before I got to all that it would be a good idea to signpost to other great or interesting blogs or websites that are addressing the same or similar issues to me by challenging stereotypes associated with ‘developing countries/continents’ and giving a voice to those who have their roots there.

It’s likely that in future I will pick up on some of the content/issues discussed on these websites to discuss them further, but for now have a read. And please do get in contact with any others that you know of, it would be great to have this as an ever expanding list of great content.

NB: This is currently very Africa-focussed as it is the area that I’m focussed on at the moment for other projects. I’d love to hear about similar websites/campaigns/projects etc for other ‘developing’ continents and countries.

“What’s Up Africa is a provocative and, I hope, entertaining programme about African news, initiatives and people. I set it up because coverage of my home continent was either on the one hand too focussed on presenting images of war, famine and general disorder. Or, on the other hand providing over the top, saccharine reports of Africa’s progress. Plus, none of the media was speaking effectively to the digital generation of young Africans eager to be informed.”

Ikenna Azuike is a Nigerian Brit currently living in Netherlands. In 2011, frustrated by the unbalanced and often inaccurate portrayal of Africa in western media, he created a video blog called What’s Up Africa – a satirical news and pop-culture show about Africa which now has over 125,000 Facebook fans.

“Africa has long been the locus and the focus for the most impassioned and intellectually-informed debate. But for many years, specialist Africa coverage in the world’s media has been in decline, alongside the withering of many African journals and magazines that used to provide a forum for debate and opinion. African news and views have moved to the web, but with no comparable Africa-wide movement to provide in-depth analysis and debate of the issues and controversies that animate the continent today. African Arguments strives to fill this gap.”

African Arguments is a multi-blogging site dedicated to informed and vigorous debate on the issues that impact Africa. The site’s goal is to bring debate on the most important African topics to a wider audience with the rapidity of a news magazine and insight of informed expertise.

“History will one day have its say, but it will not be the history that Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations will teach, but that which they will teach in the countries emancipated from colonialism and its puppets. Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara, a history of glory and dignity.”

Patrice Emery Lumumba

On the Friends of the Congo website there is a page dedicated to ‘Ask the Africans’, which is, in part, a response to the so-called experts who claim to have all the answers for the issues facing Africans, while they cover for the corporate predatory activity in African countries. Friends of the Congo decided to establish a platform to share prescriptions emanating from Africans so that the global community can clearly understand the best ways to get involved to bring about lasting and durable change on the African continent

“This is Africa (TIA) is a forum for Africans, by Africans, to reclaim our identity, our heritage and our continent’s rightful political, economic and cultural position in the globalised world and in the global consciousness.”

It’s difficult to find much information on the background and history of the This is Africa website but, in short it’s a brilliant website that exists to: question and discuss African engagement with the rest of the world (especially the Western world); debate issues of African identity in the globalised world; discuss what makes Africans tick; promote, discuss and remind Africans of the value of African solutions, practices, customs, lifestyles and approaches to creativity, work and life; offer African points of view on local, continental and global current events, and critically analyse the way Africans and Africa are portrayed in the international media; and to jointly appraise and appreciate Africa’s most remarkable contributions to global culture.

“Voices of Africa is a blog that showcases the interesting and important African stories that we don’t hear often enough.”

When it comes to Africa, war, corruption, poverty and death dominate the headlines – but not on this blog. Initially a Mail & Guardian newspaper series, Voices of Africa has relaunched as a digital product. Its aim is to tell the stories the world doesn’t hear often enough. The blog believes the everyday accounts of Africans getting on with life and showing adversity the middle finger deserve more attention. From the fashion-crazy women in Dakar to the eligible bachelors in Somalia; from the extravagant weddings in Tanzania to the nightlife in Nairobi, they want to showcase life in Africa by those who live it.

“Think Africa Press is an online magazine that looks beyond the surface of global African news coverage.”

Bringing together writers from across Africa with international experts, and covering a wide range of topics – from politics to development to culture – Think Africa Press aims to provide engaging articles and essays that offer greater depth, context and analysis to standard news coverage.