By George Bamu on December 10, 2013
News that the African continent is making progress continues to pour in. Not only is the continent making progress economically and politically, optimism by the African people is playing a role in this as well.
In a recent Pew Research Center survey of eight African nations, the research found out that Africans were more optimistic about their future than the people of the Middle East and Asia.
The survey was conducted from March 3 to May 1, 2013 and involved Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda.
Despite the challenges which the continent faces, the survey results concluded, “Africans Are Optimistic about the Future.”
While many in the continent worry about inequality and struggle to afford for food, there is still ‘considerable optimism for the future,” the report states.…
By George Bamu on November 30, 2013
While perusing the web for African news, I stumbled upon something interesting. A quiz to test my knowledge of the continent. Surprisingly I did really well. No bragging rights to this. How well do you know the continent? Let’s start with this question.
Which African city is pictured in the photo on this blog post? You may or may not know the answer, but don’t worry. The Christian Science Monitor designed this quiz as a way to help us learn more about the continent.
I have to say, The Science Monitor does a pretty good job reporting about Africa through The Africa Monitor Blog .…
By George Bamu on November 23, 2013
It is well known that there are many organizations around the world that are doing Africa-related work.
In the Denver metro area alone, Africa events never stop happening. There are uncountable organizations and individuals doing Africa work here. New non-profits devoted to Africa work is growing, by the leaps and bounds. I am a witness to this phenomenon.
Earlier this year I wrote a blog post titled, ‘The idea that Africa is booming is hot and sexy.’ The point in the post is that there is a new and interesting trend that is sweeping across the world; this unprecedented phenomenon that Africa’s time has finally come.…
By Muthi Nhlema on November 19, 2013
- [Credit:Downtown Denver Partnership] A view of the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado.
One would have expected the recent U.S. government shutdown to have shaped this piece, but surprisingly it didn’t.
I initially thought I would write about how lopsided the news media in America is and how I now strongly believe that it is the media that has shaped Africa’s “single story” as a sort of impoverished version of the Flintstones.
It would have been easy to use this as an anecdote for how isolated America, and its Americans, is from the real Africa. It would have been a great blog to write – “Blame it on the media for the ‘single story!’”
But haven’t we heard it all before?…
By George Bamu on November 16, 2013
The idea of an Arab Spring for sub-Saharan Africa may seem far-fetched, but it appears the idea is something that the region needs to provide cushion to the economic growth and development that is taking place there today.
During the now famous Arab Spring, which started in Tunisia in December 2010, revolutionaries in the Arab world used both “demonstrations and protests”, some violent and others non-violent, to remove entrenched
regimes from power. In other cases, regimes were destabilized and continue to be destabilized in the Arab world and the Middle East.
How exactly this is going to work in sub-Saharan Africa seems contrary to conventional thinking.…
By Muthi Nhlema on November 13, 2013
I wrote this blog post while sitting at my laptop during the unholy wee hours of an American morning. I was waiting for an early morning flight home. Although I do realize now that the whole idea of an African chronicling his journey and experience of an entire country is probably as cliché as the missionaries writing their 18 th century journals of the supposedly “dark” continent of Africa.
And like the so-called dark continent, it is so easy to fall into the trap of telling what my favorite Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, terms the “single story .”
I can only imagine how much of a bane it must be for many an African living in the diaspora to constantly face the single solitary narrative of their motherland, a narrative of famine, war, corruption and AIDS, essentially a narrative of hopelessness.…