The New York Times has again featured strikingly “normal” photos of “everyday Africa” in its Lens feature. These photos, from Nigeria, highlight the growing acceptance of the idea that by concentrating on what works in Africa — and resisting the pernicious urge to fetishize the pathological — serious people around the world are revising and revamping their committment to “heart of darkness” images and ideas about life in the sub-Saharan. Long overdue, the movement to celebrate the normal, and to promote African solutions to Africa problems — conceived, delivered and sustained by Africans — continues to deepen and gain momentum. The movement is a useful corrective to mainstream images of an Africa dominated by disaster, disease and mayhem. While disorder and deprivation remain the reality in some parts of Africa, and for some Africans, the region is no longer home to the world’s worst human-rights abuses, and even such familiar problems as famine are registering at their lowest levels in decades.
Sep 16 2013
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