ANF July Newsletter
Find out why we are flying high this month, who won in Africa vs Apple, how Africa is really feeling and what they are searching for. You’ll also meet one of the continent’s hottest podcasters and discover why we’re impressed with Uganda. It’s just another month in our world.
What's happening at Africa No Filter
1. bird took flight. Our digital story agency is putting out content that reflects a vibrant and creative continent. It was launched on the back of our report on How African Media Covers Africa, which found a third of all African stories in news outlets on the continent are sourced from foreign news services. bird content is free for media platforms. Help us spread the word.
3. If you want to know what people are really thinking about, look at their internet search history. So we analyse data from Google Trends to see how Africa is feeling. Hope and gloom were side-by-side in June. Read the report here.
4. How influential is media in defining Africa’s story? We unpacked the future of media in a webinar with Arena Events. Watch it here.
5. We also got the opportunity to share why our work matters with one of our major funders; The Ford Foundation on their series #OnWhatMatters. Catch it here.
6. Skoll Foundation is the latest funder to join our movement to shift stereotypical narratives about Africa.
7. Watch: How to Write About Africa – reframing storytelling and centering ethics. The webinar discussed how the development community can adopt more ethical approaches in their storytelling using our new handbook, How to Write About Africa in 8 Steps: An ethical storytelling handbook.
8. Storytellers and art, culture and media organisations have until 27 August to apply for Africa No Filter Convening, Operational Support, and Project Support grants.
Not that long ago, a search of the term “Africa” in Apple’s emoji search bar would have returned an emoji of a hut. A similar search of Europe returned a globe and a flag for example. Enough users complained and Apple eventually altered their results. A win for Africa.
Amplify! Shining a spotlight on the
We love this series of profiles from True Africa titled Limitless: Meet media entrepreneur Stephanie Kapfunde, pilot Amanda Kandawire-Khoza, author Tlotlo Tsaamase, communications executive Ndeye Diarra Diobaye and venture capitalist Maya Horgan Famodu. They’re breaking boundaries in their respective fields; showing that when it comes to vision, ambition and execution, young African women are limitless.
We started our Instagram Live Series this month where we showcase our #NarrativeChangeChampions. Watch our first one with filmmaker and Kekere fund, Momo Dione, as we hear about his creative journey and vision for filmmaking in Guinea.
What do you get when one of Africa’s most successful podcasters, Adelle Onyango, joins ANF as a #NarrativeChampion? Impact amplified. Adelle’s Legally Clueless podcast is going on tour around Kenya’s university towns as part of her mission of telling diverse stories that highlight creativity.
We know it’s important that creatives and storytellers monetize their talent, we’ve curated a list of funding opportunities on our blog. You’ve got to apply to be in the game. Good luck.
Content that Connects the Continent:
Here is our round-up of some of the top stories from bird.
Please send us your story ideas of people and places that are shifting narratives about Africa firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s it for June. Remember to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin at @Africanofilter.
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