Here is the Africa the media never shows you

Screenshot of some of the images found under the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou on Twitter

The portrayal of Africa by mainstream media, particularly Western media, paints it as a dark, ugly, hopeless place that is ridden with civil war, militant groups, corruption, violation of freedoms, starvation, chaotic urbanisation and utter desperation.

Over time, such one-sided portrayal gives people who have never being to Africa a false, misleading impression of the continent.

Africans on Twitter have came together to showcase the beauty, diversity and innovative modern architecture of the continent that Western media rarely show their audiences. It all began with the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou by Twitter user Mango.

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