Friendly Faces

Stumbled across the blog The Face of Afrika (FA) and liked their approach, to "report various constructive initiatives by African people". The blog does that, and much more like linking to a bunch of interesting African websites. However, who is behind this initiative? Are you writing from Africa or elsewhere? The faces of the four writers of the blog remain invisible. On the right hand bar of the blog the writers names mysteriously link to other African web pages without explanation.

Still, whoever you are I especially liked the FA vision, a webpage that is almost like a collage, filled with inspirational quotes and friendly, highly visible, African faces. Ayekoo! (Well done!)

Just as Toke, I also ran into Chioma who has the blog Celebrate Africa. I acctually read about her blog one day on Toke's blog and was introduced to her by a friend the same evening! A small world, to say the least. From an 'on the ground' perspective Chioma explores a very similar topic by traveling around this fascinating continent. Right now, she should be in Burkina Faso is she still on schedule. Loved what she wrote on Accra, "Africa's melting pot?" and the link she gave to the intresting essential oil producer here in Ghana.

I get really happy when I get to know about things like these as I am myself trying to write about the positive aspects of life in Africa and Ghana. But maybe one should ask oneself - is there inflation in the subject?

I'd say no, we are not there yet. To balance out all the singlehandedly negative reports from this lush and vivid continent, even a lot more accounts written here and now are needed.

What do you think?

In the pic some friendly faces from an unrelated event.

5 comments:

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Like the way you go out and seek new blogs. I have visited Face of Afrika and I like it too. I have even bookmarked it!

Sijui said...

Good for you for having the honesty and intergrity to write factually about the great and not so great things you are experiencing in every day life. And good for you for not embellishing either side...good or bad.

I find it both patronizing and sanctimonius when people have to self censor positive stories because of fear that they are either not believable or don't have credibility because of the predictable meme on Africa......poor, impoverished, disadvantaged, despondent and so forth.

You're obviously living a relatively comfortable and pleasant lifestyle in Accra :) Don't feel guilty about writing about it or experiencing it!

novisi said...

thanks for sharing...

it feels like i have have you holding my hand and being guided...

thanks a-love!

Chioma said...

Hey Kajsa,thanks for the honourable mention. I'm currently in Senegal, and so far it's been crazy but well worth it.

The Face of Afrika said...

Thank you for linking me! It's great to find out all these blogs about Africa. I shall come back here...
Best Wishes.

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