A different look at Africa

To hear people in the West tell it, Africa is the home of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. In the United States, media coverage of the world’s second-largest continent has fueled the perception that Africa is a land of AIDS, famine, and terrorism.  While this negative coverage does showcase aspects of Africa, it is far from the full story. Unfortunately, there is not enough coverage of the complex cultures found throughout Africa. This can be problematic for parents who wish to educate their children on African culture. In 2012, Adamu Naziri, a Nigerian animator, fed up with the limited (and negative) coverage of Africa, decided to create an educational cartoon to teach children about African culture. Enter: Bino and Pino.

 

The above is just the trailer for the series. If you’re a parent and want to educate your young children on African culture, check out Bino and Pino on YouTube.

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A different look at Africa
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    Tony – Thanks for posting this! I love the idea of giving kids a more realistic picture of Africa, because it seems so hard to change (wrong) perceptions later on.

    Here’s one for educating grown-ups on the same topic:

    I’ve been meaning to do a transcript of this TEDx talk video by Mallence Bart-Williams from January 2015, because every single line is powerful and quotable. She speaks to perceptions of Africa in the West, imperialism and so much more, with exactly zero fucks given to the White Gaze. AMAZING.

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