I recently got tagged by a fellow blogger at “Nigerian Curiousity“, prompting me to blog on the topic “Why I blog about Africa”. I am qualified to say I blog about Africa. I was born in Nigeria, and presently live in Ghana. I take interest in everything African and attempt to share my views on African issues whenever I have the platform to do so. I blog African topics from time to time and focus on South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria especially.
1. The need to tell our own stories
The western mainstream media is only interested in bad news from Africa. Bad news gains more prominence on their broadcasts and publications than good news (where it is mentioned at all). I could go into the fine details to support my argument but my recent blog post about Ghana 2008 Elections is a case in point. All the media houses in Africa combined cannot match the muscles of the media in the USA alone. There is no big pan-African radio/TV news network on the continent, though there are some high-quality magazine publications from the United Kingdom.
Who else to tell our own stories but us? I am not saying we should cover-up the bad news from Zimbabwe or Guinea, but we can at least we can be balanced and can project a positive image of Africa like the USA does of its own country.
2. Share my views on the monumental problems
All is not well with Africa and too many things are going wrong. I blog to highlight such issues in other to add to the voices mounting pressure on those in authority.