"What is disaster pornography? Africans define it as the Western media’s habit of blacking out Africa’s stock markets, high rises, internet cafes, cell phones, heart surgeries, soaring literacy and increasing democratization, while gleefully parading her genocides, armed conflicts, child soldiers, foreign debts, hunger, disease, and backwardness." --Gbemisola Olujobi, Pulitzer Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication
The vast majority of stories about Africa in American media concern AIDS, development, or conflict. One study of large American newspapers found no coverage for five months of regional economic or political cooperation in Africa, nor of the African private sector.
Together we can change the narrative by sharing stories about economic growth, private entrepreneurship, diplomatic success, exceptional heads of state, innovation, invention, and the arts in Africa. We shouldn't ignore painful stories, but we should balance them by celebrating Africa's joyful stories.