Consider the immensity of the powers of Africa – of its energy sources, rising generations of youth, biodiversity and landscapes, birthplaces of cultures and religions and philosophies. And now, consider the common narratives on Africa – that it’s impoverished, in conflict, drought- and famine-stricken, a country.
Why is it that the way Africa is portrayed in global media and discourse is so different from the realities of its 54 nations? Why is it that it’s more common to hear about what its peoples need and lack than what they have and can bring to the table? How would it affect the continent if these prevailing narratives changed to ones of abundance and strength, and how would this serve as a transfer of power that could accordingly change the world?
The stories we tell and the lenses through which we look are fundamental for shaping the state of things, which is why this GLF Live is taking a moment to cast a critical and educated eye in this direction. On 30 August at 13:00 GMT, African media and business icon Moky Makura will join in discussion with award-winning Associated Press journalist Wanjohi Kabukuru to discuss where narratives on Africa stand, how they got here and where they need to go.
This GLF Live will air on the Global Landscapes Forum’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Its topic will further be discussed in the digital conference GLF Africa 2022 on 15 September (tickets here).
Wanjohi Kabukuru is a climate and environment journalist with the Associated Press. He has won multiple journalism awards in his 20+ years of experience covering Africa. He is also a member of the Great Lakes Media Initiative.
Moky Makura was born in Nigeria, educated in England and has lived in London, Johannesburg and Lagos. She has been a TV presenter, producer, author, publisher and a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She is currently the Executive Director of Africa No Filter, a donor collaborative focused on shifting the African narrative. Her book Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs with a foreword written by Richard Branson featured on the top 10 best-selling business books in South Africa when it launched. Moky has since compiled and published a number of non-fiction titles under her imprint MME Media.
Anita Moragia (moderator) is a development communication enthusiast who is passionate about contributing to inclusive growth stories, having worked in newsrooms across three continents. Throughout her career, Anita has secured interviews with high-profile stakeholders such as American record executive Dr. Mathew Knowles, former VP and COO of the African Development Bank, Dr. Nkosana Moyo and travel blogger, Jessica Nabongo. In her free time, Anita enjoys poetry and spoken word and has performed at various international events, including Western Canada’s first African Business forum as well as London Business School’s Africa Summit in 2018.