Why would you do this?

        AfroLens began as the result of coffee shop pontification between several members of the Somali diaspora about issues surrounding representation, societal grievances and Nicholas Kristof’s hair. Quite frankly, I was fed up with the lack of African voices in mainstream media (how cliche, I know). AfroLens is not only a blog (it’s an idea too, dammit),  but also aims to partake in the movement designed to spearhead an African media revolution on the continent and in the diaspora (gotta keep hope alive). We will discuss politics, the arts, and feminism through various forms of media. More than just a 20 second sound byte about famine and war; but a platform to let the sub-altern speak (sometimes with foul language), and perhaps say something contrary to the status quo.

Stay tuned!

Contact: Afrolens@gmail.com



2 thoughts on “Why would you do this?

  1. A shilling you mean….lol. Loved this entry (confession: only entry I read so far). I am sent you a fb friendship request and I hope we connect. I shall read more and aspire to contribute one of these days…..BRAVO!!!!

  2. Dear AfroLens,

    The first TEDx Mogadishu is happening today and the organisers hope it will persuade the Somali diaspora that Mogadishu is changing for the better:


    What is your opinion of this please? Will you be watching? Is it a good thing or do you see this an unhelpful intervention by western ‘do-gooders’? I would be very grateful to hear from you as soon as possible today (Thu).


    David Smith
    Africa correspondent
    The Guardian (UK)
    Tel: +27 (0) 11 486 0580
    Mob: +27 (0) 72 292 2992
    Email: david.smith@guardian.co.uk
    Skype: smithinafrica
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/smithinafrica
    Web: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/davidsmith

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