While on the previous subject... I just came across this article: Our 'Africa' Lenses: From the West, Big Labels but Little Context written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in the Washington Post.
It deals with an African’s perception of how “the West” perceives “Africa”, inspired by Madonna’s attempt to adopt.
I could carry on about a great deal of what I agree with:
"I reject this facile compression of a varied continent into a monolithic country, but I have also come to accept that African nations do have much in common with one another".
"The power differential was so stark [between Madonna & Dad Banda]...it made Africa seem terribly dispensable".
"The underlying notion...that one helps Africa by adopting Africa's children".
"It is easy to romanticize poverty, to see poor people as inherently lacking agency and will. It is easy to strip them of human dignity, to reduce them to objects of pity. This has never been clearer than in the view of Africa from the American media, in which we are shown poverty and conflicts without any context".
"Surely there are Congolese who are working just as hard as the foreigners and who don't fit into the category of either killer or killed".
"Instead of asking television viewers to go to Africa and adopt, she had asked them to send a check to malaria-eradication organizations... I wish she had said that she was setting up an organization to use donations as micro-credit and that this organization, by the way, would be run by locals rather than expatriate staff whose expatriate salaries raise the rent in the cities".
Africa is a place where the people do not need limp gifts of fish but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond...... actually, this whole paragraph...
Rather just read the article, and let me know what you think.