Africa’s image

William Easterly writes in the LA Times:

Today, as I sip my Rwandan gourmet coffee and wear my Nigerian shirt here in New York, and as European men eat fresh Ghanaian pineapple for breakfast and bring Kenyan flowers home to their wives, I wonder what it will take for Western consumers to learn even more about the products of self-sufficient, hardworking, dignified Africans. Perhaps they should spend less time consuming Africa disaster stereotypes from television and Vanity Fair.

Last summer, Shreya Shah wrote:

With better media coverage, the United States and the world would realize that there is more to Africa than death, disease, disaster, and despair. The promotion and visibility of a brighter Africa within society-at-large will play a significant role in creating cultural pride, encourage good business practice and sound investment in African businesses.