2017 is the 12th year of the Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovations Awards. Winners were selected from about 300 nominations. Khaled al-Balshy was one of the most notable winners.
Today we join the world to commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
Amina Yuguda, a journalist from northern Nigeria is the winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2017. “When I got the call it was at work, my life changed from that point,” Yuguda said.
Africa is not a country, but for a long time a single narrative about the continent has been told. Western, Asian and European powers know the importance of telling their stories. Countries in these regions have established media outlets that sell their narratives, religious beliefs, social, cultural ideals and political philosophies. This is hardly the case with African countries, and it should be addressed.
“Irrespective of whether you write blog posts, long form or short articles, once you start producing text content for your newspaper or editorial staff on a regular basis, you’re already a step closer to non-fiction. You can already write a book! You are all writers already, you just need to be given a better outlook on what’s already before your eyes.”
The Western media is Africa’s number one enemy. Its reportage on Africa is consistently biased, cementing stereotypes that Africa has a leadership crisis, and the continent is incapable of producing outstanding leaders. Without understanding specific geopolitical variables, it has consistently demonised its leaders, Muammar Gaddafi, Patrice Lumumba come to mind and now Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.
Nkosiyati is making history as the first black GQ Editor and although the double title is a bit daunting he brings with him five years of experience at GQ, having worked as the GQ deputy editor and Style editor. “I remember not seeing many people who looked like me at a senior level. That’s even more true when it comes to lifestyle and fashion titles, not just in South Africa, but worldwide,” he says.
Not many entertainment channels exist for the African child specifically and exclusively. Many times children on the continent grow up listening and watching content from Europe and America. Nigeria’s Rotimi Ogunjobi has started an internet radio station primarily for African children, a welcome achievement worth celebrating.