Is it just me, or did Africa lose one of its good presidents? Okay…so that was not me, because John Atta Mills did pass away two days ago.
But this I missed in the news yesterday and today. Atleast in western media. Yesterday I thought, well, maybe their clocks were slow, and they didn’t get the news on time… but then I looked today, and NADA. Even on African time, in two days, these news outlets should have found out that Ghana, one of the most prosperous countries in Africa, has lost its president.
Is it because Mills died of a disease and not a hanging, or shoot-down with rebels? HOW DARE HE DIE WITHOUT ANY COMMOTION AND DISRUPTION IN THE COUNTRY!!! That is the only way that these media houses could cover the story of this tragic loss.
And HOW DARE THEY HAVE A PEACEFUL TRANSITION? Don’t these people care that Western Media only cares about African stories that have to do with Poverty, disease and war?
Seriously…HOW DARE THESE GHANIANS NOT GO IN THE STREETS PROTESTING?
On a serious note, these things happen all the time. The most celebrated, empowering stories in Africa are not told, or if they do they are on the back page, or in editorials. The stories of the Africans progressing, and the Africa that is the FRONTIER right now, are not told, because, lets be honest, who wants to hear that Africa is actually progressing, or that Africans are taking their destinies in their own hands….
WE do. We Africans want to hear those stories.
These are the same media groups that Africans and Africans in the diaspora are nearly obsessed with. Its hard to imagine that the same platforms that tells just how the West cares about Africa, can deliver the biggest blow of all- THE WEST DOESN’T CARE ABOUT AFRICA (please, separate the people from the institutions because there are westerners who do care about Africa) As far as media goes, or even the US gvt is concerned- unless you are in trouble, and bleeding out, or ready to fall apart, they won’t pay attention to you. But if you are at the brink of a war, the media houses will be the first to send correspondents to the troubled Africa. So like the utter shock that comes from learning as a child that Santa really doens’t exist, we are learning that, hmm.. the West doesn’t care about Africa, and that INDEED, Western media is BIASED!
But the the good news is that there is a rise in African media houses that are telling stories of Africa and Africans everyday. It has come to the point that the world does not need NYtimes, washington post, LA times or the Guardian for its news. Now African media house are on the rise. Visit Africa.com, allAfrica, Pampazuka, and other web media sites. You can also tune into Applause Africa, MediAfritiQ, Arise, African Vibes, Face2Face …etc These media entities have slowly started reclaiming Africa’s stories, and telling them to the world. Slowly, we as Africans are learning to tell stories that stay true to us, and go beyond the stereotypical image of war, disease and poverty that has been sold to the world for so many years. Today, we tell the stories that are not only uplifting, but stories of movements and initiatives that are meeting the needs of Africa and Africans, bit by bit. If a journey begins with one step, then the journey to Africans being able to tell their own stories has not only began, but a mile ahead.