Author Chimamanda Adichie once said:  “Stories matter; many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower and humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people but stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

Africa.com decided it’s about time to set the record straight by presenting a series of narratives highlighting that which is disturbingly absent from mainstream discourse: African stories of enlightenment and empowerment as revealed by Africans themselves. Dig their brief overview:

Africa is home to more than a billion people spread across 54 countries and speaking more than 3,000 languages.

So why is Africa usually limited to a single narrative?

“Africa Straight Up” is a more complete story about Africa and its diaspora. Screened in Accra, Washington D.C., and New York, the film takes viewers on a journey across the continent to show its truth: Africa is deep, rich, and complex. Currently part of the in-flight entertainment on South Africa Airways and Arik Airways, “Africa Straight Up” has also been screened on the Africa Channel in the US and UK

Harvard Kennedy School of Government student Farayi Chipungu joins a list a of businesspeople, politicians, intellectuals and artists in conveying true stereotype shattering stories that illustrate why the Ivy League scholar claims “Africa is the future.”

Check out Africa Straight Up!

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