Rewriting The African Narrative

SOURCE: Africa Geographic magazine

SOURCE: Africa Geographic magazine

REWRITING THE AFRICAN NARRATIVE IS THE AFRICAN MAN’S CONCERN.

The African narrative has long awaited an embrace from Africans; however this assumed waiting isn’t long anymore. Africans are beginning to rewrite the African narrative and display to the world the beautiful sides of the continent.

Africans love Africa. The believe that “if the past cannot be rewritten, then the future can” is a song on the lips of very passionate Africans who desire to cause positive changes and development in the continent.

Clearly, Nigerians are tailoring their focus on achieving some of the SDG goals. These goals which include addressing health, education, poverty, environment, etc are the core of societal challenges. Social entrepreneurs, Non- governmental organizations, private companies and a host of many other individuals and set ups are on the drive to cause a change and rewrite the African narrative. This can only be done by addressing the issues in the great continent, Africa.

The community called Makoko in Lagos seem to be a hub where Nigerians are interested in making an impact. It’s a local community where most of the residents are uneducated. The birth of “Slum2School Africa” by Otto Orondaam is an evidence of the drive for the betterment of Africa. Slum2School is an organization providing education to children living in slums and remote communities across Africa. A large number of children are able to receive good education because of this impact. Just recently, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria became a Slum2School ambassador.

SOURCE: African Heritage Foundation

SOURCE: African Heritage Foundation

Also, other initiative like “Kindle Africa” is rewriting the African narrative. It’s a social development organization aimed at eradicating poverty in Africa by improving access to education for vulnerable women and children in urban slums and other underserved communities.

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is a Nigerian entrepreneur and innovator, and founder and CEO of WeCyclers. This Lagos-based company is focused on giving low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and clean up their neighborhoods through an incentive-based recycling program. Her initiative is genuinely changing lives for the better and empowering a new generation of young micro-entrepreneurs in the process.

Just recently, a new project by Idia Aisien, the award winning TV host just shows how passionate Africans are concerned about the African narrative. The project called the “International Development in Africa” is aimed at creating stories that will change Africa’s narrative and influence peace in the continent.

There’s a trend in the development space of Africa. The African continent will experience passionate people who are extremely driven to serve and make an impact. These services and impacts will better develop the continent thereby promoting a great narrative.

Volunteering is also a great cause Africans are pursuing in order to assist those who have started already. It’s never a one man’s ability.

In realizing the current number of Africans who are interested in the continent and offering solutions for further development, there are still many more coming. We’re rewriting the African narrative.

SPURCE: JourneytohelpAfrica

SPURCE: JourneytohelpAfrica

Marvel Takes on Afro-Science Fiction with an Nnedi Okoroafor Comic Feature

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Normal is boring, we are sure everyone knows this. This why this Nigerian Born American Writer is taking African literature through an uncommon path. Nnedi Okoroafor is not your typical African writer this is why her works are receiving more and more international attention around the most uncommon spaces. Last week on her personal twitter page, the writer and author shared an amazing news of a recent development which she had hinted on her facebook page, she’ll be writing an eight-page comic for Marvel’s forthcoming Venomverse anthology, which is to be released in September 2017.

Venomverse is a follow up to Spider-Verse, Marvel’s popular 2015 comic release. Venomverse is based on Eddie Brock, the Venom symbiote from Spiderman, and will include “Venomized” versions of comic book characters like Deadpool and Mary Jane.

Nnedi’s novels and stories reflect both her Nigerian heritage and her American life. Mostly exploring Afro-science fiction, a genre that has hardly been explored by other African Writers. Beyond writing for Kids and young adults, she has also published Afro-science fiction novels for adults.

African literature through the years have remained rigid in storytelling themes. Stories are either about precolonial life, post-colonial life, civil wars, rural life, marriage, urbanization etc. Afro-science fiction before Nnedi Okoroafor’s exploration may be considered as alien. But today, her bravery is earning her more or more international features.

The coming comic, titled Blessing in Disguise, will be set in Lagos; and will tell the story of a young girl named Ngozi (a name that means Blessing in Igbo, Nnedi’s Native tribe in Nigeria). The plot is to show Ngozi in Lagos with other popular Marvel characters: Black Panther, Venom Symbiote, and the Rhino. This new marvel commissioned work is to be illustrated by Tana Ford.

Asides this great feat, the author has also shared other applaud worthy news this year, showing a reward for her hard work and bravery in choosing her themes. Just last month, HBO announced plans to turn her novel - Who Fears Death, into a series with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin signed on as a producer, and she also recently announced that she was one of the 40 writers selected to contribute to the upcoming Star Wars 40th anniversary anthology.

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Our fingers are crossed and we wait with hanged breath. Just like previous works, we are sure this will be nothing short of awesome.

Girls fly to Google to stop 'the cut'

FIVE SCHOOL GIRLS AGED 15-17WHO WANT TO BE KNOWN AS "RESTORES" HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE THE ONLY AFRICANS WHO WERE INVITED TO GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS FOR TECHNOVATION, TO WIN A FIFTEEN-THOUSAND-DOLLAR PRIZE FOR iCut, AN APP TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION.

T-shirt worn by a gentleman during a social event advocating against the practice at the Imbirikani Girls High School in Imbirikani, Kenya, April 21, 2016.

T-shirt worn by a gentleman during a social event advocating against the practice at the Imbirikani Girls High School in Imbirikani, Kenya, April 21, 2016.

The power and positive effect of Technology cannot be over-emphasized. Human life has been made a lot easier and if possible longer because of the innovative ideas that have been birthed- all thanks to all those with future-thinking mindset. Speaking in relation to this write-up it has been announced that five Kenyan teenage girls burdened with a major health and gender problem in their community have built an app to solve that problem - Female Genital Mutilation.

FGM which is a violation of the human rights of girls and women is still been practiced in many countries today despite the enormous awareness that has been made to curb the practice. According to World Health Organisation, Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women and can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, infections, complications in childbirth, increased risk of newborn and other health complications. This act is carried out on females between infancy and the age of 15.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) writes on their website;

An estimated 200 million girls and women alive today are believed to have been subjected to FGM; but rates of FGM are increasing, a reflection of global population growth. Girls and women who have undergone FGM live predominately in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States, but FGM is also practiced in select countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. It is also practiced among migrant populations throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
A key challenge is not only protecting girls who are currently at risk but also ensuring that those to be born in the future will be free from the dangers of the practice. This is especially important considering that FGM-concentrated countries are generally experiencing high population growth and have large youth populations. In 2010, for example, more than 45 per cent of the female populations in the Gambia, Mali, Somalia and Uganda were under age 15.
— http://www.unfpa.org/resources/female-genital-mutilation-fgm-frequently-asked-questions

According to the makers of iCut app, "FGM is a big problem affecting girls worldwide and it is a problem we want to solve. This whole experience will change our lives. Whether we win or not, our perspective of the world and the possibilities it has will change for the better. We call ourselves "Restorers"  because we want to restore hope to hopeless girls," 

They continued by revealing that "Although our community does not practice FGM, we have friends who have been cut. "We were very close to one of them, but after she was cut she never came back to school," and she was among the smartest girls we knew."

iCut app is a simple interface which has five buttons - help, rescue, report, information on FGM, donate and feedback — offering users different services.

Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Girls ages 10 to 18 learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem, and then learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. The 2017 season was launched in partnership with Google's Made with Code and UN Women. 

Africa has had incredible problem solving innovative ideas which have been birthed but it still stands that there are more problems which with the help of technology, can be solved. We hereby, call on tech experts, both young and old, male or female to come up with such to help with both natural and man made problems.

This is creativity at a very incredible level. We do hope that they win the prize.

All the best "Restores." 

Nigerian Advertising, Take a Look at What UK is Doing

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But beyond a lack of creativity there also are many modern day tone deaf expressions in many Nigerian adverts. Take for example, any detergent or food (especially bouillon cube) ad, would portray the woman as the hero of the house, sweeping, cleaning, cooking and stuck in the kitchen, sometimes supported by her little daughter while the boys are left playing football outside, the men watching football or doing other “fatherly duties”

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EP Review: Sounds from the Other Side

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