How to write about Africa – reframing storytelling and centering equity

Join our webinar on Thursday 29 July at 16:30 GMT+2 as we’ll be discussing the complexities of ethical storytelling, challenges and best-practice. We recently launched our Ethical Storytelling Handbook How to Write About Africa in 8 Steps for storytellers and organisations to use as a tool when confronted by ethical challenges in the field.

To many people, Africa is still the broken continent, whose people lack agency and are dependent on others. Today there is a growing awareness that this story does not fully represent Africa, that there is a socio-economic impact to the persistent frames of poverty, poor leadership, corruption, conflict, and disease that have created stereotypical narratives about Africa. But for us to change the narrative about Africa, we need to change not just the stories we tell about the continent, but how we tell them. An ethical approach to storytelling is one way to balance the story. This webinar looks at how to apply ethical principles to the work of raising awareness about development issues on the continent.   

Our panellists:

  • The Moderator: Moky Makura, Executive Director at Africa No Filter
  • The Journalist: Heba Aly, CEO of The New Humanitarian
  • The Funder: Emily Renshaw-Smith, Head of Content at Comic Relief
  • The Academic: Prof Relebohile Moletsane, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • The Story Gatherer: Dimuna Phiri, Land rights activist and storyteller