We have some way to go on the narrative of Africa in Ireland and, indeed, globally. We are a continent of 54 countries and over 2,000 languages – almost a third of the languages of the world! We are an incredibly diverse continent of peoples, histories and cultures. Yet, in many respects, Africa is constrained by a narrative of conflict, despair, hunger, poor governance and under-development. This narrative, which excludes Africa’s incredible beauty, the amazing resilience of its peoples, the incredible tenacity and entrepreneurship of African women, and the spirit of hope engendered by a new young generation of Africans, must change.
In Ireland, I see a new story of Africa slowly taking shape. I see the emergence of groups of talented young Africans, speaking their truth in words and song, and connecting with similarly talented young Irish artists. They are creating a new narrative piece-by-piece. Story by story. Song by song. Sure, there are setbacks. The journey is a long one - but a positive course has been set.
Happy Africa Day!
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