So how did we get here…
A cursory glance at contemporary media platforms, conferences, blogs, podcasts and various publications easily confirm that Africans do not participate in the big global debates of our time – most of us can’t even travel anywhere as our passports are considered to risky for most countries.
This “minimisation” of Africa from the still dominant western perspective manifests in many ways and I always like to use the example of the Mercator projection map of the world that has come to dominate how we look at our planet for 500 years. The map below tries to overcome this by overlaying some of the bigger countries – with massive airtime in the public space – onto a real map of Africa.
This alternative and more factual way of looking at the geographical significance of Africa informs our view that the time has come to make our voice heard in order to start levelling the playingfield of public opinion.
Furthermore, all of the currently dominant economies are ageing societies that won’t be able to organise their daily social interactions without automation and robotic interaction, whereas our socio-demographic realities across the continent give us access to an abundance of youthful real human energy and optimism. Let us hear how young people are shaping this beautiful continent of creative ways.
Economically, Africa has been hit hardest with different waves of exploitation from slavery to colonialism and currently massive debt (mainly from the WorldBank) that far outnumbers the aid received. But as US-style capitalism is grinding to a halt and increasing inequality, the world needs alternative systems of creating and sharing value that we have been practicing on the African continent for many years. We will showcase these ways of humanising the economy through our platforms.