There is no ‘African’ story, just stories of Africa by Africans. There is no ‘African’ problem just a diverse set of dilemmas that impinge on the lived experiences of African people. Africa is the most diverse continent on the planet. The top 20 most diverse countries are all in Africa. How can an singular African identity exist? The adjective ‘African’ may be of all adjectives most tortured!
‘The system of storytelling on Africa is too often incomplete, stereotyped – and specious…Media reporting on Africa rarely focuses on everyday matters or the curiosities of daily life…Rather than “the African story” there are very many African stories, and what I can do, as a journalist, is to tell some of them. Africa is not rich or poor, educated or illiterate, progressive or archaic. What Africa is depends on which part of it you are referring to. No single story can adequately reflect that, but a multiplicity of stories can and should broaden our received wisdom about the continent. With more platforms and opportunities than ever before, there has never been a better time to challenge that confusing and costly concept of a single African story.’ – Nancy Kacungira who won the first BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for Africa-based journalists.