Relations between the US and Africa are unlikely to improve while Trump remains president. But that doesn’t mean the continent should remain passive.
Chinese media portray Africa in stereotypes not dissimilar to the rest of the world. The continent is routinely treated as a single unit, erasing its linguistic, racial and cultural diversity.
Protesters gathered outside the Libyan Embassy in central Paris following an exclusive CNN investigation into migrant auctions in Libya. A dozen Black African men were seen being sold at an auction outside of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Some of them were auctioned off for as little as $400.
A Chinese museum was forced to remove an exhibit comparing Africans to animals when critics pointed out how “astonishingly offensive” it was. The Exhibition showcased photography in a section dubbed “This Is Africa”, which juxtaposed images of wild African animals with black African people, which caused an uproar for its racist connotations.
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.
Former Marseille President Bernard Tapie disclosed that he purposefully leaked false information in 1987 to AS Monaco to secure football legend Abedi Ayew Pele for Olympique Marseille. Tapie said he initiated a rumour in 1987 that the Ghanaian football legend Abedi Pele was HIV positive leading to the player’s rejection by AS Monaco during a transfer from Mulhouse.
Kenyans of Asian heritage have been granted official recognition as the 44th tribe. The country is now witnessing the cementing of an intermingling with the Asian community that has existed since the 17th Century.
Emmanuel Macron might just have found himself in hot soup when he responded to a question on France’s role in sending financial aid to Africa by saying, “the challenge of Africa, it is totally different, much deeper, it is civilizational,” and also has to do with “when countries today still are having 7 to 8 children per woman.” These racist statements have led to wide condemnation on social media.
Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters came under fire on Wednesday when she posted pictures on her Instagram account of herself wearing latex gloves while at a soup drive for underprivileged children.