n African Renaissance - American perceptions of Africa based on media representations - : Africa and the world

Volume 2, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


When we think of Africa, images of famine, poverty, sickness, and war are embedded in our Western minds. "AIDS," "tribal warfare," and "chaos" are the associative key terms that remain in our thoughts. Even with the coming of the 21st century, these notions have not been fully abandoned. Most people don't realize how these concepts have become part of our lives - often using colonial history, literature, and the news as justification. However, very few Westerners who are not involved with scholarly research and education question this stereotype. When we see a programme on television about hostile behaviour and unfair treatment we are taught to question. Why we are not compelled to question our stereotypes about Africa?

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