Africans have endured for decades — even centuries — the complaints from Europeans that they cannot manager their own home affairs. “Saving Africans” began as a European mission in colonial times and spread to the U.S. and then, after the second world war, to international agencies such as The World Bank and United Nations. But with the West facing a mess of problems, and with fast-growing China, Brazil and India becoming robust role models for various African countries, the contradictions inherent in the “saving Africans” meta-narrative are increasingly clear and even obvious.
The result: Africans are fighting back against negative stereotyping by lampooning Westerners in distress. For an hysterical and illuminating example of this emerging trope, see “Africa For Norway,” a wonderful short film.