Africa’s weak placement in global politics has never been more starkly demonstrated than in the wake of the “international” dispute over the “breakaway” Ukrainian region of Crimea, but while we may be a weak continent but we are not weak global citizens.
Something is terribly wrong when a Nigerian girl like myself grows up craving white Barbie dolls. Girls all over Africa crave the same today, and this far from harmless. Fortunately Nigerians are starting to produce dolls that look like us.
A Belgian newspaper portrays President Obama and his wife as apes and we are shocked. But this is not an isolated incident; it’s business as usual. Until we open our eyes, we will remain a long way from living in a “post-racial” world.
As long as African leaders only challenge the West in high-sounding speeches but do nothing tangible to protect true African sovereignty, they are worse than the West they are keen to vilify. Case in point, Uganda’s President Museveni.
Thando Hopa is a legal adviser and model. She’s also an activist fighting to change perceptions of people who suffer from Albinism. Thando and photographer Justin Dingwall have put together an exhibition that explores the counter-aesthetic of Albinism.
In his Human Rights Day speech, President Zuma claimed “We now live in a thriving democracy with equal citizenship for all and a respect for human rights and dignity.” Tell that to the families of those killed by police in the last few years alone.