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Small steps or high hopes? Will a few high profile African women change the reality for millions of others?

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Joyce Banda. Photo by Chatham House, London

The World Economic Forum today published the 2012 Global Gender Gap Report. The report quantifies what most of us already anecdotally know: that in most parts of the world, it sucks to be a woman.

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November 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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Top 10 sources of news and comment on Africa in 2011

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It is undeniable that the media is the mirror through which we look at ourselves and the lens through which we see the world around us. Whether it is broadcast, print or digital, the media is second only to first-hand experience, in shaping our world view.

Yet so much of the media is devoid of international reporting and that little that exists is often a vacuous repetition of tired stereotypes. The popularity of the New Yorker’s post on the top ten positive stories about Africa in 2011 confirms that there is plenty of appetite for something other than the Western media’s mantra of death, destitution and desperation in Africa.

So as 2011 makes way for 2012, I set myself the challenge of finding 10 media sources that have bucked these trends and pursued, to varying degrees, a more inclusive and balanced policy on reporting Africa. You will certainly think highly of others that haven’t made the list, so add to the comments those who’ve most impressed you with their coverage of Africa and developing world issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

What is Libya’s new democracy if it is built on racial hatred?

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With the support of the great and the good, Libya is inching ever closer to what we hope will be a democratic future.

On 1 September 2011, leaders from some 60 countries gathered in Paris for a conference on the future of Libya and to deliberate on ways to support Libya’s government-in-waiting – the National Transitional Council (NTC).

The “friends of Libya” meeting hosted by French President, Nicholas Sarkozy and the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, pledged to maintain military pressure of Colonel Gadaffi and to release funds to support the NTC and a transition to democracy in Libya. Speaking at the event, Sarkozy said: “We are all committed to returning to Libya the money of yesterday for the building of tomorrow.

Much would have surely been discussed at the event, not least, as the Russian media suggests, the scramble for Libya’s oil. But one important issue would have surely been ignored: the ongoing racially-motivated attack on Libya’s black population by the rebel forces. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 12, 2011 at 8:03 am

Fixer – political theatre at Oval House

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A tale brilliantly told, Fixer is a play set in an unnamed town in northern Nigeria, situated close to an oil pipeline, which belongs to an unnamed consortium and travels up from the Delta region in the south and out of the country. In protest or simply for more self-interested reasons, a militant group called The Boys are starting fires along the pipeline and stirring Western media interest in the consortium’s activities.

Both journalists and corporate communication consultants are despatched to the area and need a fixer – someone who can broker a relationship with The Boys. They find Chuks, a man who knows everybody, apparently fears nothing and will do anything to make a buck for his family. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 4, 2011 at 6:09 am

The mixed media message of Red Nose Day

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Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day is a UK institution.

It’s a day like no other when the whole nation gets together to do something funny for money and change countless lives in the process. It all culminates in a night of cracking TV on the BBC with some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment.

While there is a verbal caveat that some of the money raised will also support projects in the UK, the highlights are always the tear-jerking accounts of the nation’s best-loved celebrities’ experiences, casting off their wealth and egos to ‘slum it’ – literally.

Very little is done to paint a balanced picture: one of self-determination, progress and dignity. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Witches. By virtue of being women

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In the 100 years since more than one million women took to the streets, honouring the first International Women’s Day and demanding the right to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination, so much has changed.

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March 10, 2011 at 9:00 am

Why don’t Africans use social media to revolt like Arabs?

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Just after an article was published by the Guardian about the role of social media in  the Arab uprisings, I was invited by Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the LSE to write about what I thought was lacking in Africa’s attempts to do the same thing.

Here is that blog.

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If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Apparently not. For there to be ‘sound’ there needs to be ears that hear the vibrations made by the falling tree.

This philosophical riddle speaks volumes about the muted protests happening in parts of sub-Saharan Africa at the moment – and of the seeming disinterest both in the countries where they are started and in the international media. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4, 2011 at 10:41 am