Ugandan TV journalist Nancy Kacungira has won the first BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for Africa-based journalists. Here, she explains her dilemma when she is asked to tell “the African story”.
What comes to your mind when you think of “the African story”? Is it poverty, war and disease?
It is commonly accepted that journalism is mostly about bad news – planes landing successfully are not news, but plane crashes are.
In the case of Africa the focus on things going wrong is particularly harmful because of the relative dearth of other widely accessible sources of knowledge about the continent.
The system of storytelling on Africa is too often incomplete, stereotyped – and specious.