Clutchettes, I know I don’t have to school you on the beauty and wealth of resources in Africa, but unfortunately, most folks aren’t as intelligent and informed as you.

Because misconceptions about Africa and its many countries and cultures still exists, writer and filmmaker Nosarieme Garrick decided to pick up a camera and tour the continent to give another view of Africa that many have never seen.

Garrick recently spoke with AfriPop about the inspiration for her eight-part documentary My Africa Is:

It actually started out when I was writing for AfriPOP! I was contributing to the mag, and initially it was about getting my clips up and getting some experience. I got sent to cover a lot of cool events, and interviewed people who blew my mind. For the first time, honestly, I started being proud of being African, because there were so many inspirational stories I heard. Then I headed to Nigeria to do some work around our elections, and there I met even more people doing great things and decided to go full speed ahead with the documentary series. It was time for us to actually tell these stories, because these were the stories that inspired me to want to do something, and contribute to Africa’s growth. Africans are insanely talented, and it’s important that we contribute our talents to our continent’s development. I see this as a something that will push people to think about how they personally can contribute to Africa in their own creative manner, and hope that the stories of their peers living and working in Africa could inspire them.

Through My Africa Is, Garrick hopes viewers will fall in love with the continent and change their perspective on how they feel about Africa.

In My Africa Is will take viewers on a tour of 13 cities across several countries in the region and introduce them to vaarious “change makers” in the region. Garrick is currently attempting to raise $75,000 to complete the series.

Check out the My Africa Is Kickstarter page to learn more or to donate

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  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    iLUV it.

  • Anon

    Yes, this exists in Africa, but most of Africa is still rural and very poor.

    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

      There is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING wrong with rural life. I MISS it!!! Rural to me = unexplored opportunities. Damn, milking cows, taking coffee to the grinders, weighing it, selling firewood, picking coffee. Shooo!!

    • Pseudonym

      That’s every country and continent- even the US (There’s a whoooooooooooole lotta rural poverty in the US once you leave the main cities of the west and the crowded Northeast, and take out the few other major cities). There are tons of people here living in 3rd world conditions- it’s just not publicized- and there are tons of people living well in Africa- it’s just not publicized.

      Same goes for Latin America, Carib, Europe, Asia. The majority of the world’s wealth is concentrated in the major cities- which are all relatively small even just compared to the countries in which they are located.

  • Dalili

    :-)

  • Cams

    As understanding as the intent for the film, I would hope that she really goes into the real meat of why these perceptions of Africa exist and to speak to the effects of colonial conquest that plague the continent today as well as plague the mental state of Africans in the Diaspora about their own home. It does little for the continent if we parade the great things people are doing or happenings on the continent without balancing this perspective. I hope that it will not speak to the emergence or deepening I should say of class interests and the obsession with western paradigms of upward mobility. There has to be the other side to counterbalance the reality of tapping into our own creative wealth as a people into re-creating our homeland on our terms. To produce this series without touching on the reasons the wealth of Africa’s resources cannot be enjoyed by all of Africa’s people, is to dismiss entirely the reasons for the world’s perception of Africa as an economically deprived place, fraught with corruption, no hope and intellectual deficits- brought about by the historical and continued forms of colonialism today (Indeed I hope it covers this balance perspective). Exploitation of Africa;s resources and its people is rampant and unpublicized for obvious reasons that imperialist governments would have us and the rest of the world believe that there is nothing in Africa desirable and viable. 210% the opposite— there is enough wealth and resources on the entire continent to feed every mouth in African today. We have to bring the truth to our people on the continent and in the Diaspora. This should not be about showcasing our wealth to change people’s perceptions about our true home if it does not give us the collective power to make Africa what it really is – OURS. All of Africa’s children need to claim their home, not because we should care how people think or have thought about us. Every European government has a stake on our homeland, controlling puppet African governments with the lure of money and other threats, military power and all kinds of contrived warfare to keep us in place. We have to tell the truth. Africa is ours. We need to do more than showcase, what we have….we have to change the colonial conditions on the continent so that we can really say truly that AFRICA IS….OURS!

    • cabugs

      I agree 100%. Now if only Ms. Garrick could read your response…
      I absolutely love the project idea. But like you, I hope there is balance in the images and ideas that this film will show.

  • cabugs

    Absolutely beautiful. I immigrated to the U.S. about 8 years ago from Ghana and my first few months and years were absolutely shocking because of the ignorance about Africa from fellow classmates and even adults. It has always been my dream to take on a project such as Nosarieme Garrick has. She beat me to it :P. It’s all good though, and it is absolutely wonderful. I hope that the project will show a wholesome dynamic of Africa – the good, the bad, the ugly, but not highlighting one side too much. As western media has largely focused on negatives, I hope that Ms. Garrick won’t just be glossing over the difficult images, only to bring us the positive and good things that she hopes for the world to see. I hope the world can get a balanced picture with this film/photography project. Just like every place on earth – there’s good and there’s bad. There is no humanity in telling just a single story.
    One more thing – props to my beautiful Nigerian sisters. They are doing big things! Most of the Nigerians I personally know are so hardworking, beautiful inside and out. They are so pretty too; haha :) I’m slightly jealous.

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