Africa: Beyond the Narratives of Africa's Doom and Gloom


Africa has recorded successes on many levels which are often ignored by global media -- and we need to embrace and celebrate our unique contribution to the world.

The outbreak of Covid-19 has once again revealed global perceptions of Africa. A report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) stated that between 300,000 and 3.3 million Africans could lose their lives due to Covid-19. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicted 190,000 deaths.

So far, Africa has proved the doomsayers wrong and shown that the fact that North America and Europe have struggled to combat the pandemic does not in any way signify a looming Armageddon on the continent. Beyond the narratives of doom and gloom, Africa has recorded successes on many levels which are often ignored by global media.

Despite the impediments to democratisation in Africa, there are positive signs. For example, although countries like Botswana, Cape Verde and Mauritius are small, they command respect in the international arena, evident in various indices such as the Democracy Index, Freedom House and the Mo Ibrahim Governance Index that measure good governance. These states thus have the moral authority to promote democracy and human rights on the continent and beyond....

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