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.” 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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  • noirluv45

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  • omfg

    i haven’t watched the film (i will) but it seems to me that asking the question of why africa gets this “single narrative” is a bit weird and amateurish.

    africa has a single narrative because africans seem to have been waiting for others to create one. it’s not up to others to tell the story, it’s up to you. i mean, why would you want somebody else telling your story anyway? then, it becomes “his”story and they can do with it whatever they like. look at the stories that have been told about egypt.

    white people cannot not stop talking about themselves and how great they are – past and present. every year there’s some sort of movie about some bygone era – greeks, romans, brits and now vikings – where they extol the virtues of their people, no matter how crappy they may have been. and, they convince everybody else of their greatness too.

    i see the chinese attempting to do similar things. they funnel money into the movie industry to tell stories about china – history, culture – to try to show you how advanced and sophisticated they were/are. it’s a form of marketing and subtle-brainwashing and it’s smart. they even fund some of these chinese cultural shows that travel the country. it’s all to tell you how great and significant they are, to eliminate whatever commie narrative you got going on in your head.

    if africans believe they are great, it’s for them to tell everyone about it. it’s nobody else’s job to do so.

    • eve-audrey

      you are right but do not forget that black people are the only people who get their credibility questionned by others when they tell their own stories. i am glad africans are starting to tell their own history but let’s not act like it will be as easy as when chinese or people do.

    • BeanBean

      We have to know why black people have their creditability questioned when we tell our own stories. The first step is for blacks, especially Africans to stop thinking that they are inferior to whites and asians. Many feel this way whether they want to admit it or not. You can’t tell your own story if you think it’s ‘not as good’ as someone else.

    • eve-audrey

      and africans did not “want” the others to tell their history that history was stolen from them. but i agree with everything else you said