African research /MIRH/ 27 October 2022
By: Lerato Mogoatlhe, Africa No Filter
Stories and the words and images used to tell them matter. Repeat them over time, and they become the defining narrative of a people and place. For a generation the story of Africa has remained one of poverty, as well as disease, poor leadership, corruption and conflict.
The stereotypical narrative of Africa has resulted in a significant gap between mainstream and alternative stories of the continent. This handbook defines narrative and why it matters. It also provides a historical context to stereotypical narratives of Africa, from political events like the Berlin Conference, the Mau Mau uprisings and the Rwandan genocide to literature, music and film.