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Writing about Africa if you are from the West

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This piece should be read by every Hollywood actor, adventure travel writer and aid-worker out there who talks about “Africa”.

Interestingly, the video was produced for (red)wire, the online plattform of Bono.

You must always include The Starving African, who wanders the refugee camp nearly naked, and waits for the benevolence of the West. She can have no past, no history; such diversions ruin the dramatic moment.

I wonder if Bono has ever read this text himself and if it made any impression on him, since his often patronizing “I am the voice of the starving Africa” posture might well have been a basis the for Wainaina’s text.

Thanks to renee and macon.

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Written by henrik

June 1, 2009 at 10:16 am

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