Hashtag TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

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04 July 2015 Africans are crowd-sourcing beautiful images of their lives to fight media stereotypes using the hashtag TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

JOHANNESBURG - Seen through the eyes of some in the international community the African continent seems to be one plagued by disease, civil wars and famine.

And yet economists say 7 of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa.

Now young Africans are trying to change negative perceptions and outdated stereotypes about the continent, using social media.

They&39;ve created a hashtag, TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou, which has been tweeted over 63,000 times.

Social media analyst Yavu Madhurai says, “Africa has a story to tell, and it&39;s about time it&39;s told by Africa. Young Africans fed up with the way the media tell the African story.”\

And trends Analyst Arthur Goldstuck notes, "TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowYou is a perfect example of people using social media to take back their own story, rather than have it told by others."

So, if you want to help fight African stereotypes, and demystify the ‘dark continent’, share your pictures using TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou.

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