Over the last decade or so, the importance of "narrative" - the stories we tell to and about ourselves, and that are told about
us - has grown on me. We all have points of view, and biases, no matter what we try (or claim!) to be. And it is a fractal-ish, recursive idea, that is as true within our heads and personal spaces, local communities, and national level, as it is between nations.
There is an article in the Guardian - If western journalists get Africa wrong, who gets it right?
which I picked up from a tweet by Greg Marinovich
, exploring the idea of who is telling Africa's stories. I think every community, of every size, needs to own their own stories, and get them out there. I guess Facebook facilitates this at a personal level, but we abrogate the telling of the larger stories to others, who have different perspectives.
To my fellow African deviants - get your stories out there! And actually, to everyone - it's your
story - tell it!