The Hashtag That Is Changing The World’s View of Africa
Young Africans have used the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou to post photos of the home they know and love in hopes to change the world’s view of the continent.
The effort by Africans to show the world the real Africa was fostered to outshine the usual media portrayal of a desert land comprised of hungry children of tribes living in huts, suffering from disasters, famine, and disease.
The eye-opening campaign has gone viral, and these photos are amazing!
The scenery is mind-blowing, and the cultural beauty of the people has been pouring into the viral mainstream, tweet after tweet.
World famous white sandy beaches of Kenya. #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/g5sJ3HVU6X
— Kenya Pics (@kenyapics) June 24, 2015
Country after country has been represented.
Lake Retba, the pink lake of Senegal, is referred to as “Lac Rose” by locals. The salinity of its waters is comparable to the Dead Sea, and its color is due to the Dunaliella salina bacteria, which in turn is drawn to the high salt content.
the Amazing pink lake in senegal #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/A2BDghfbMc
— K.Diallo ☭ (@nyeusi_waasi) June 24, 2015
A proud people with a rich heritage are shown through the eyes of African young men and women in these posts.
The campaign, started by Twitter user @WestAfricanne, has garnered over 63,000 tweets, per BBC Trending.
let’s go to Mozambique ???? #UnseenAfrica #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/FXYRjfRKkT
—. (@WestAfricanne) June 26, 2015
Agodi Park and Gardens, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria #BeautifulNigeria #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/rdPpCs6MQf
— okoro samuel (@sammy9z) July 1, 2015
The photos are pouring in from all over the continent, and from countries outside of Africa, as well.
The African Renaissance Monument in Dakar, Senegal, stands at 49 meters per World News, Inc.
Each photo is more beautiful than the last.
#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou Rwanda : The land of a Thousand hills pic.twitter.com/jIWN8DNFxr
— Elie Bahati (@EllisBht) June 24, 2015
The Three Chiefs Monument is located in Botswana. The statues marked the 39th year of the country’s independence, per the country’s tourism website. Behanzin Bowelle, “The King Shark”, was king of Abomey, now Benin. Behanzin was considered the most powerful of the West African Kings of his time, and is a legendary figure in African lore. He ruled from 1889 to 1894.
As reported in Voice of America, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, or “Ma Ellen,” became the first of three African female leaders in 2005. President Catherine Samba-Panza leads in the Central African Republic, and Joyce Banda is president of Malawi.
Africa has 3 female heads of state. #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/oH4AYRRV3w
— Nadia Ali (@Nadiaalie) June 24, 2015
Africa is a country flourishing in these photos, with universities. As previously reported in the Inquisitr, Musician Akon announced plans this past May to build a solar panel academy in Bamako, Mali.
Further images reveal a continent booming with skyscrapers, stadiums, cuisine, fashion, and traffic.
Welcome to Ghana. #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/vVgYSYwhxK
— New Account:@6ixRole (@simeonfc) June 24, 2015
Photos of Ghana posted by @DavidQuartz could be any city in the United States.
Lets go to Ghana #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/sGhXuZN8dT
— Ubong Edidion (@DavidQuartz) June 24, 2015
Africa is a place where weddings are celebrated and fashion is as diverse as its residents.
Photos of villages depict a living, breathing society of beauty and enjoyment, lush and clean and flourishing.
The gorgeous scenery seems limitless.
We own that land, we owned those diamonds Africa, Africa🎵#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou pic.twitter.com/wEhpU35Eyg
— M (@mavviya) June 24, 2015
#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou Khartoum , #Sudan! pic.twitter.com/9spDJHFUn4
— Nadia Ali (@Nadiaalie) June 23, 2015
Twitter user @Mango had the following request.
The photos pictured here are only a select few from the thousands now trending. To find countless more tweets of Africans sharing a love of their country, search the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou for yourself.