You need to listen to these two videos! The first is a note written by Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina and read by actor Djimon Honsou. I’m not even sure if I should even say anything about it or just let you watch for yourselves, but I will say that it is called “How to write about Africa”. It highlights multiple stereotypes and cliches with which people think about and describe Africa.
The next video ( or 3 if you watch all three parts) shows the author explaining is reasoning for writing this note in the first place. It. made. me. think. HARD. What he says about the assumed benevolence of NGOs in Africa stood out to me as most of my work history has been with NGOs, a couple of them international development related. What stood out to me specifically on this topic was the benchmarks of success these organizations set for the communities in which they do their work, how they are incredibly low and why. He marvels at the fact that so many groups will blog about how happy they are that a particular community can now feed itself. After 40 some years of independence, this is the best we can do?
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