EBOLA: I want to go to the frontline

Edward Echwalu - Documentary Photographer

In the recent years, there has been a steadily growing narrative of how African issues, stories, must be told by Africans.

It’s a genuinely valid call in my view because; Africa has been misrepresented for far too longReuters-7

The majority of the world beyond the boundaries of this continent know very little about Africa outside of Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Famine, Wars, Tribal Conflicts, Wildness and a giraffes here, a few lions there..

And Oh, Ebola! How could I forget that?

Do these issues exist? Sure they do.

Foreign journalists fly in for couples days, weeks at most, hope onto the next plane and off they go. Don’t get me wrong; some of these journalists are great with remarkable stories to show for their names.

These are the lot Zimbabwean author Ezekiel Makunike describes as ….”the hit and run journalists who know very little of the language and less of the cultures…

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