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.
Every afternoon, we joined the teenage girls in the village for a game of netball. They ran rings around us!
We made some friends during a little walk through the village.
Africa has some of the best spots for white water rafting in the world. Not for the faint-hearted.
My friend George. He asked me how many wives he could have in England. I said one and asked how many wives he had. “I only have one wife. One is enough for me!” He said with a roll of his eyes and a smile.
Crazy (unedited) skies over Mount Suswa.
Kuzuri Beads in Nairobi, one of the many social enterprises popping up all over Africa!
The prettiest little campsite in Nairobi!
Jeremiah helping me to cool off whilst we were hiking Mount Suswa.
Two Women of the Samburu tribe deep in conversation at the Umoja Women’s Village, a refuge and social enterprise in Samburu National Park.
East Africa is famous for Nyama Choma (barbequed meat – often goat).
The road from Nairobi to Arusha. Purple jackaranda trees and Maasai blankets add some colour to the otherwise neutral pallet.
View of Dar es Salaam from my (very lovely) hotel.
Beautiful skies over the Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Sailing into Dar es Salaam fish market in style.
Stone Town sunset.
I LOVE this photo of a group of women, taken by my friend Lisa. The colours, the light, the backdrop! Beautiful!
Dinner on The Rock.
Crystal clear waters full of stars.
Talent, talent everywhere.
Zanzibar pizza, tastes better than it looks.
My friend Godfrey “The Boy Who Flies” doing a Ted Talk in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The older lads in school took a shine to our Book Bus volunteers who were of a similar age. Look at those poses!
Another day, another beautiful sunset over Blantyre.
Who needs a Playstation when you’ve got a tyre, a stick, your best bud by your side and Lake Malawi on your doorstep.
Braiding my hair, possibly the funniest and best idea ever.
Happy times when the Book Bus comes to town!
I love this photo of my friend Kelly. The kids said they didn’t think she would be able to ride a bike. She proved them wrong.
On a tour of Livingstone with Local Cowboy Cycle Tours, a social enterprise that supports the local community. Evidently in a pair of see through leggings.
Enjoying a spot of High Tea at The Royal Livingstone.
Stocking up on Cadbury’s Top Deck at the local supermarket. Why don’t they sell it in England?????
Just because people live traditionally doesn’t mean they don’t embrace modern technology.
A kid with skill and imagination.
The Royal Livingstone – not too shabby for my taste.
Everything they say about African sunsets is true.
I tell a lie, doing this with orange peel was the funniest thing that happened in Africa.
The untamed, ever-changing beauty of the Okavango Delta.
A non-guided tour through the Mondesa Township in Swakopmund, Namibia. We bought some food off these lovely ladies and drank in the local pub (shebeen). Great way to spend an afternoon.
Learning some new moves, dancing to Herero music in said shebeen.
I love this picture my friend Ali took of Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Namibia. Namibia is an epic destination with unique and beautiful landscapes.
Oh Cape Town, my Cape Town.
Mr Pietersen and the Guys at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.
Hostels come with a view in South Africa.
Wine tasting in Stellenbosch – the aftermath. The wine was good, as you can probably tell!
Sexy Camps Bay!
Ok, I can’t resist, just this one animal pic…
I know, I know elephants are animals, but this is NOT an everyday occurence, so I couldn’t leave this one out!
Have you been to Africa? Was it like you see on the news?
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