The summit was opened by humanitarian Graca Machel<!>, who gave an impassioned address to delegates from across the African diaspora. She commented: “We are not going to change the narrative; we are going to define the narrative. We must go back to African sources and use it to define our narrative to the world.”
The initiative collaborates with fellows from across the African diaspora who are shattering the stereotypes of how the world perceives Africa today. These include filmmaker Nicole Amarteifio (Ghana)<!>, artist Phoebe Boswell (Kenya)<!> and artist/illustrator O’plérou Grebet<!> writer Maïmouna Jallow (Kenya)<!>, architectural photographer Mutua Matheka (Kenya)<!>, journalist Selly Thiam(Senegal)<!>, novelist Adaobi Trica Nwaubani (Nigeria)<!> and choreographic artists Selma and Sofiane Ouissi (Tunisia)<!>. The fellows engaged in dynamic panel discussions covering subjects including Decoloniality<!>, The true cost of a detrimental narrative<!> and Being the Heroes of our own stories<!>. Delegates then got to experience the work of the fellows in at an experiential pop-up gallery that featured visual and sonic exhibits.
“There’s no destination to this movement. We are talking about certain narratives now but, hopefully, 10 years from now we will be talking about different things because we will have made progress and we will have grown as Africans. I hope future generations won’t have to worry about changing the African story but can focus on building an Africa of the future,” said Africa No Filter’s Mutua Matheka<!>.
The summit culminated in a closing address by Time 100 Most Influential list alumni and Ford Foundation president Darren Walker<!> who made a special announcement. He welcomed Africa No Filter’s<!> new leadership and incoming executive director, Moky Makura<!>, who joins the initiative from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Under Makura’s leadership Africa No Filter has set its sights on challenging stereotypes and ushering in a new narrative for Africa.
To learn more about Africa No Filter, please visit AfricaNoFilter.com<!>
Africa No Filter<!> is a multi-partner collaborative organisation supporting emerging African voices – especially young people and women – and investing in new platforms to amplify their stories. By better connecting stories and storytellers and amplifying them to local and global audiences, Africa No Filter aims to accelerate the evolution and influence of more vibrant, accurate and unfiltered narratives about Africa – both within and outside the continent. The collaborative seeks new partners across sectors to expand the reach of individual investments and have a deeper and more lasting impact across the continent, and beyond.
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