100,000 Portuguese have emigrated to Angola since the eurozone crisis began. The trade in diamonds and oil has sparked a construction boom in Luanda. Ourreporter meets an architect from Portugal who is shaping the new Angola. Whilst it is important to recognize Angola’s rise and the migration of people from Europe to cities like Luanda, it is important to maintain a critical lens, always asking the most important question, “How has the development affected Angolans?” And are Africans part of the development agenda? Skyscrapers are great but not nearly as important as having the quality of life of an Angolan rise as the economy booms.
Africa has seen tremendous strides made not only in governance (embracing democracy) but also economic and other social indicators. The video is a snapshot of the growth that has been happening. I caution that the challenges still exist and that the successes have not been evenly distributed. It nevertheless must be refreshing to learn, just in ecstasy, about the positives.
At the end we all are to be blamed, we consume the news, we are the donors and we promote the “Misrepresentation of Africa. Real narratives are complicated: Africa isn’t a country, and it’s not a disaster zone, says reporter and researcher Leslie Dodson. In her talk, she calls for journalists, researchers and NGOs to stop representing entire continents as one big tragedy.
This short video emphasize the point that most economic observers have been making of late that Africa’s economic growth has finally shown promise. What many such videos and commentary have been missing however, is the fact that the majority of […]
The search for beauty has led many African women (and increasingly men) to use skin lightening products. A recent study from the University of Cape Town, show that one in three African women use bleaching products to lighten their skin. In addition […]