Reframing the African Narrative: Beyond the ‘pitiful victim’ – new frames and narratives for the African continent
Renowned Kenyan author, Binyavanga Wainaina wrote an essay titled ‘How to write about Africa‘ where he challenges clichés and stereotypes you hear about the African continent.
Hub Cymru Africa in partnership with SSAP want to address negative public opinions and perceptions of Africa and Africans. To do this, we asked ourselves, ‘how can we provide a balanced narrative of the continent?’
We have worked with SSAP Youth and young HCA volunteers to collect old pictures, from individuals and charities in Wales under the theme of ‘Development: Back In The Day’. These images, are ‘development’ in its broadest sense, encompassing personal, organisational or community development. It is therefore personal and subjective.
As for ‘Back in the Day’, we wanted to look at the past as we discuss the future and therefore encouraged people to look through their attics and albums for images collected from anytime up to 2010.
The aim of this activity is to bring to light what ‘development’ means to most people. This leads on to our photography competition which explores how ‘development’ used and portrayed in the charity sector, especially in relation to solidarity.
You can find out more about the photography competition here.
Check out the gallery below! ?