We have lurked on the White African blog for a while now, and something that caught our eye recently was the meme going round on why various people blog about Africa and African issues.
You can follow the meme at Global Voices. Be aware, though, that it originated in French, so have a dictionary/compliant friend to hand if you want to read all of it. Nevertheless, we thought that writing our own post about why we have an interest in Africa – and Kenya especially – might be a good idea. Below are our reasons.
Our Editrix is Kenyan
Stephanie has been in the UK for the last 10 years, but has never let go of her African heritage. She is determined to return to Kenya and to play her part in driving the country towards a technology-oriented future. Granted, she can’t do that at the moment, due to worries about rent and what to do with the significant others she has collected in her travels exile, but we do know that at some point this blog will be handed over to her, and she will be in a different timezone to the rest of the Inari family.
Africa is the Future
The rest of the world may see Africa as the “dark continent” where companies exist only to rape the landscape of its natural resources or to rip off governments in need of aid, but we have a different vision. We see Africa as the most innovative, resourceful and dynamic continent on the planet. Floods, war, drought, coups? African people have dealt with all of those within the past year and still the people stand up to be counted. We have faith in the capacity of the African people to meet all challenges, whether ecological, political, or technological, and we would like to be the first to know when yet another homegrown development is announced.
Africa has Potential
As above, anyone who writes Africa off now cannot have any concept of the well of talent that the continent harbours. Just imagine if Africa had the same telecommunications network as South Korea; now imagine how vibrant that particular industry sector would be. There is so much potential, and there are so many people with wonderful ideas that should be championed, yet the wider world give them no credence. We want to keep our ear to the ground, to learn about what African entrepreneurs are up to, and to offer advice and guidance if we can.
The Rest of the World Looks Down on Africa
We read all the “major” newspapers, both regional and international. And we have noticed that the international press rarely carries a good African story. The undersea cables connecting Kenya to the internet trunk? Ignored. The human rights of homosexuals, lesbians and transsexuals in Uganda? Overlooked. The preponderance of news coverage on Africa is on war, disease and corruption. We believe Africa deserves better, and we intend to do so.
In the future, we hope to be able to help Africa and her citizens – whether from Kenya or beyond – stand up on the world stage and to take the accolades that the “developed” world take for granted. Regardless of the antics of her politicians, we have faith in Africa’s people. It is they who are the true path to development, and it is they who will make it happen. We salute them, and recognise and appreciate the example they set us.
[Image by FutureAtlas.com]