It is Time to Recognise the Emergence of the New Africa – Rich Mkhondo
For decades, Africa was often depicted as a continent of starving children, flies in their mouths and malnourished bellies, families decimated by AIDS, or adults in raggedy clothes walking past the decaying corpse of animals beside a dusty road, running away from their war-torn country into the neighbouring country’s makeshift tents. How about pictures of child soldiers brandishing AK47s.
Who can one forget the late Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer Prize winning picture of a child crawling towards a UN food camp as a
vulture waited for the child to die so that it can eat him?
For years these pictures and political instability formed negative perceptions about the continent, prompting analysts and the media to describe Africa as a waste basket case, a Dark Continent…
Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, once had this to say about Africa: “The state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world. But if the world, as a community, focused on it, we could heal it. And if we don’t, that…
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