If the first image that comes to mind when someone mentions Africa is one of poverty and starving children, you can thank to media’s relentless portrayal of the off-putting aspects of the beautiful continent.
Home to more than 1 billion people, Africa is perhaps one of the most culturally diverse and enchanting places on the earth. From state of the art universities and hospitals to magnificent beaches and modern architecture, the continent is filled with wonderment at every turn.
To share all this beauty with the rest of the world and destroy the negative stereotypes, young Africans are posting pictures from their lives with hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou.
Now of course, war and poverty is one of the major issues for many in Africa, but that doesn’t mean the continent isn’t home to so many other stories and images that need to be shared with the rest of the world.
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“I got involved because growing up I was made to feel ashamed of my homeland, with negative images that paint Africa as a desolate continent,” Diana Salah, a Somali-American student driving the hashtag’s spread, told Fusion. “I used to get questions ranging from ‘were you born in a hut’ to hurtful comments about disease and poverty.”
“It’s so important to showcase the diversity and beauty of Africa and with mainstream media not up for the task, social media was the perfect outlet. #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou will continue to promote a positive image and also change misconceptions along the way,” the 22-year-old added.
Within few days, this hashtag has garnered thousands of tweets with more images continuing to come in.