How to write about Africa

This amazing article by Binyavanga Wainana has been going around the internet for a while, but it is also worth a repeat performance:

Taboo subjects: ordinary domestic scenes, love between Africans (unless a death is involved), references to African writers or intellectuals, mention of school-going children who are not suffering from yaws or Ebola fever or female genital mutilation.

If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here

So is positive coverage of the World Cup going to change any of this?


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