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The Beautiful “Country” of Africa

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya, Arts & Culture, Development, Digital Activism, International Relations

In this week's edition of the Kenyan online magazine Brainstorm [1], Brenda Wambui rails against the ongoing narratives about Africa: “Africa is a country”, “Africa rising”, ‘”African fashion”. She looks at ways Kenyans can reclaim their story and define themselves on their own terms [2]:

As Kenya, or any other country, we should define who we are, what we stand for, what we expect of other countries we interact with, and what we will and will not accept. We should forge this identity independent of others’ expectations and preconceptions. Then, we should stand by it. Saying who you are is not enough, you also have to show who you are by how you act.