The Idea Behind Talking Heads
Looking into the continent from outside or within, mainstream messages that continue, in large part, to define Africa, rarely articulate the subtlety and nuance of contemporary Africa and its people. Clichés and negatively held notions about Africa crowd out a balanced understanding of the diversity of everyday existence on the continent. These continuing misperceptions come in part from a limitation of access to alternative realities and narratives that also exist. Knowledge, ideas, and expertise are all too often hard to come by. Inaccessibility of this knowledge, alternative ideas and the people who create it, not only affect Africa’s identity and image, but have far reaching consequences that affect the daily choices people make, how access is controlled or denied, when and where opportunities are presented and realised, how social justice is both vetted and meted out, and more sweepingly, who gains what rights and privileges.