Its so over played. The African starving children. Poor people dying. And oh, how to forget, another one of those wars. It is really tiring when these are the only images that you see of Africa. On one hand there’s truth to it because these things do exist and are very real. But on the hand, when these are the only images shown in the media, it creates the illusion that wars, starving children, and poverty are all there is to Africa. This is not the case at all. I’ve thought like this for years and had always wished that someone would show another side.
My dream came true thanks to CNN International. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the creation of the CNN International Show , African Voices. It is absolutely amazing because this show is truly one of a kind. African Voices is a weekly show that highlights Africa’s engaging personalities and enables the audience to have the opportunity to learn from amazing individuals that are doing great things in Africa. Because of this show I’ve had the opportunity to learn from poets, authors, musicians, activists, writers, and leaders that are working to use their talents to enable Mamma Africa to live to her fullest potential.
One of my favorite interviews was with the Khaled Abol Naga who is a well known actor and social activist in Egypt. His interview was extremely inspiring and spoke to the importance of the Arab Spring, Tahrir Square, and the power of the youth of Egypt. Check it out!
Another one of my favorites is the interview with Cobahms Asuqo who is a well-known music producer in Nigeria who is also blind. The Nigerian music scene is awesome and his story and talents are memorizing.
I’ve only been able to see the show broadcast outside of North America but I manage to stay updated with this show through the lovely internet on CNN African Voices and on Facebook. This show is a dream comes true. Another side to Africa: one of growth, creativity, innovation. Thank you CNN International.