I stumbled upon Africa on the Blog’s Facebook profile when I was looking to connect with Africans online and hear what they were saying about their own countries. Living in the US, I found that mainstream media’s stories of the African continent were mostly told by non-Africans and were often negative, sensational, incomplete and totally lacking the African perspective.
As luck would have it, Africa on the Blog was looking for writers at the time. I started writing for Africa on the Blog because I wanted to tell a different story about the African continent than what was in mainstream media. I wanted to celebrate Africa; I wanted to bring to light positive things about it that most people don’t know. 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, despite its many struggles.
Two years and thirty-three blog posts later, I have had opportunities to celebrate the continent by sharing recipes from Kenya, highlighting African musicians that I enjoy as well as Africans who are making advances in fashion and technology. I have written about the beauty of the land in Kenya, most notably, about the Rift Valley and the Kenyan Coast. I have applauded the social and political progress made by different countries and have featured African-run organizations working toward development and reconciliation.
It has also been my great pleasure to read from fellow Africans here as they have brought varied perspectives of their own experiences–both within and without the continent–to the table. They have cued me in to issues and complexities of the continent that I was unaware of, reinforced the beauty of the diversity in every single country in Africa and introduced me to other African voices.
We have shared our experiences as Africans both at home and abroad; we have inspired each other and others to keep dreaming for and to be at the forefront of coming up with our own solutions to the problems facing our magnificent continent.
Most of all, Africa on the Blog has given us a platform to make our collective voice heard–the voice of a people talking about the land they know intimately and love dearly; the voice of a people telling another, different story about their own land.