Being African In Africa is about telling the African story - the positive African story.
My work as a communication professional for more than a decade now has taken me to over 30 countries in Africa. When I meet and interact with new people from different corners of the continent, I marvel at the stories they have to tell – about themselves, the people they live with, their communities and the lives they lead.
As an African born and living on the continent, I am enthralled by the wealth of knowledge and beauty that exists on this continent. On the flip side, whenever I turn on the TV or radio, I am bombarded by news stories and coverage that is mostly negative. News that seems to sell covers crime, corruption, drought and the like… all somewhat depressing. Important, yes, but many too are the positive stories that do not receive coverage.
Being African In Africa is a platform for sharing positive news, titbits and more balanced perspectives on life on the continent. On the social front, the continent’s people are on average hospitable, with most communities looking out for friends and relatives, and even strangers. This spirit of “Ubuntu” as it is called in southern Africa, is formed on the foundation of what it means to be human – people do not exist in isolation but in families and communities. Being African In Africa endeavours to bring forth the untold stories, unsung heroes and the pioneers that shape the beautiful continent I call home.
What Tyler Perry said in Africa
While #BeingAfricanInAfrica (that is, while just being my usual self), I received an invitation to attend the Gates Foundation Goalkeepers event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 1 December 2018, on the eve of the Global Citizens concert. My take-home message was a brief but succinct delivery by actor, playwright, director and philanthropist Tyler Perry.
SDGs in Africa - Mututa’s story
Now, please do not get me wrong. The reason why Mututa ended up engaging in agricultural activities was not that he consciously decided to contribute to the SDGs. He was simply looking for avenues to earn an income. Gone are the glory days in most parts of Africa when a university graduate could walk straight into a good paying job. Mututa is one of the 10 to 12 million youth who enter the workforce each year, where, according to the African Development Bank, only 3.1 million jobs are created, leaving vast numbers of youth unemployed.
Growing up African
Suddenly the scene changed from comedy to sheer terror when all at once the bathroom door swung open and the granny flew at us with a nice, long, slim switch from the weeping willow that grew outside in the front yard. “I told you all to be quiet!” she yelled at us. The switch landed briefly on the back of my legs and we all screamed as we scampered out of the bathroom and ran for it. After that, we naturally stayed away from that particular friend’s house until her grandmother left.