African Scholars Join Forces to Investigate African Narratives in New Scholarship Program

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African Scholars Join Forces to Investigate African Narratives in New Scholarship Program

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 15, 2021, – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – Does the development community contribute to stereotypical narratives about Africa? How is the continent represented in cinema, literature and spoken poetry? How is the restitution of African art in Africa discussed? These are some of the research topics that scholars who have been selected to participate in the first Africa No Filter Scholars Program will pursue.

Selected fellows will bring academic rigor and an evidence-based approach to African No Filter’s work to understand and change harmful and stereotyped narratives about Africa. The fellowship is part of a larger research agenda to understand the narrative and its impact. It is co-funded by Facebook and supported by the African Union, AUDA-NEPAD, and the New York-based Africa Center.

African fellows, who are based both on the continent and in the diaspora, will conduct research in more than 15 African countries. And while the storytelling media and the topics they will study differ, the results will have the same impact: They will offer a broader picture of how Africans talk to each other and how people outside of Africa talk about us, especially in China and the U.S. Middle East.
Each fellow will receive a $ 7,000 grant for their research. Academics will also have the opportunity to network, develop academic writing skills, publish academic writing, and create a media profile.

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“Thanks to our sponsors and partners, we are able to bring together some of the brightest academics on the continent to help interrogate the stories and resulting narratives that persist about Africa,” says Moky Makura, CEO of Africa No Filter. “This is one of the most focused academic interventions on African narratives and it will provide a significant contribution to the knowledge we have about how Africa and its 54 countries are portrayed on various platforms. It is a great opportunity to put African scholars at the forefront of applying new thinking to narrative change on the continent ”.
Africa No Filter Emerging Scholar Fellows are:

  1. Fungai Machirori (Zimbabwean) is pursuing his PhD at the Sydney University of Technology at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Their study examines digital cosmopolitanism among young Africans on TikTok and Instagram.

  2. Gideon Chitanga (Zimbabwean) is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria. He will compare the narratives broadcast by CNN International, China Global Television Network and Al Jazeera.

  3. Kofi Asihene (Ghanaian) is a second-year PhD student at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana. You will study representations of Africa in spoken poetry.

  4. Gladys Kalichini (Zambia) is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Rhodes in South Africa. Her research will analyze the visual representations of African women trends on social media.

  5. Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang (Ghanaian) earned her Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2017 and lectures at the Department of English at the University of Ghana. You will examine how short story writers articulate African narratives online.

  6. Babajide Owoyele (Nigerian) is a PhD candidate at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions and Chairman of Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems at the Hasso Plattner Institute. You will mine data across various platforms to explore how financial institutions contribute to narratives about Africa.

  7. Molemo Moiloa (South African) teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he obtained his Master’s degree in Social Anthropology cum laude. His study explores how art and artifact restitution are discussed across the continent.

  8. Loubna El-Mkaouar (Moroccan), who has a PhD from the University of Westminster, will investigate how mainstream African media and social media users cover African conflicts in Africa by analyzing border disputes in countries like the Sahara Western and Nile water dispute between Egypt and Sudan.

  9. Mphathisi Ndlovu (Zimbabwean) graduated with a Ph.D. in journalism from Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2016, and currently teaches at the National University of Science and Technology of Zimbabwe. Working with Maame Nikabs, you will explore narratives about Covid-19.

  10. Maame Nikabs (Ghanaian) completed her PhD in linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London in 2020, where she lectures. Working with Mphathisi Ndlovu, his project will explore Western and African media and development narratives on Covid-19.

  11. Daniel Oloo (Kenyan) is a PhD Candidate and Researcher at the Institute for Communication Studies at the China University of Communication. You will study the comment sections of African posts on Facebook to investigate how Africans are talking about other African countries.

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