This post marks 400 posts on Africa on the Blog and some of our contributors share their thoughts on why they contribute to this platform
Sadia Sisay- I write for the ‘Africa on the Blog’ because I was inspired by Ida Horner at the very beginning and wanted to be part of a group of people from all over the world who were willing to share personal experiences as Africans. This is different from most other african blogs out there and I hope I can take part more than I have in last few months!
Minda Magero– I believe that Africa on the Blog is a significant information hub and I don’t want to see it shut down for lack of posts.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about why I started writing for AotB and allowing that same reason to inspire me to keep blogging, even when I think I have so many things to do that I couldn’t possibly fit it into my schedule.
I started writing for AotB because I wanted to tell a different story about Africa than what was in mainstream media. I wanted to celebrate Africa; I wanted to bring to light positive things about Africa that most people don’t know about because the non-Africans who tell our stories often look for the sensational in the negatives. I started writing because I wanted to reach a wider audience with the message that Africa is beautiful, strong, resourceful, innovative, forward-thinking and full of laughter.
When I have time to do a bit of research, I delight in writing sociopolitical analysis about current events that affect the continent. But when I don’t have as much time, I fall back on a recipe or an artist profile because those are easier and quicker for me to put together.
Andrea Court- if I am to share my thoughts on why I wanted to write for Africa on the Blog it is because it infuriates me to read things about Africa written by people who have never set foot on the continent much less understand the nature of the people or the land.
Africa is a beautiful, complex continent with it’s environment, peoples and resources having been exploited throughout recorded history and everyone else seems to think they know what the solution is or what Africa needs; when in truth, Africa could sustain the entire planet if the outside world just stopped imposing themselves upon her. She was doing fine before they stopped by in the first place.
I really believe a blog written about Africa by Africans: people who live and breath because of Africa is the only way for the real Africa to be shared. We can put outside assumptions and arrogance’s in their place because we know who we are and we never doubted it to begin with.
This may be slightly more curious in my case because I, like other Africans of European or Asian descent, are here not by choice, but rather as carelessly sown seeds of our ancestors, a bit like the Blue Gum Tree; we didn’t start here, but we have become as familiar to the African landscape as the Thorn Tree or the Giraffe because Africa adopted us. She took us in when no one else would, she made us one with her in a way no one other than an African could know. Close your eyes and hear her, feel her and breath in her air, if you can’t do that, you can’t write about her.
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