If you’re on Twitter, you may have seen the trending hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou.
The campaign was started by Rachel, a 17-year-old girl from Ghana. Rachel was tired of only seeing the negative aspects of Africa portrayed in the media, she said those of “poverty, ethnic wars, and the disease”.
She also went on to say “We also want to show people that Africa isn’t only animals, jungles and safaris. We have amazing skyscrapers, hotels, shopping malls and much more.”
Following the launch of the campaign, the BBC got in touch with me to ask me my thoughts on the subject, and to say I was happy about this is an understatement. This whole blog began because I wanted to show people the Africa I know and love, so to be recognised for that and be asked to share my thoughts was probably the highlight of my blogging life so far!
To show my support for the campaign, in my own small way, I just wanted to share a few of my favourite #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou photos. Some you’ve seen before, some you haven’t, but either way, I hope you find interesting, and you never know, some may even surprise you.
Ok, I can’t resist, just this one animal pic…
Have you been to Africa? Was it like you see on the news?
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