Destiny Man  :: Editor's Letter
May/June 2014
   Destiny Man

We hear it every day: Africa is rising. Africa has risen. Africa is the final frontier. The majority of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies are on our continent. There is a growing desire (and desperation), particularly in the West and Far East, to continue to be a part of the African narrative. We are no longer simply a place of war, disease, landscapes and safaris. With our expanding, increasingly young population, we have the markets.

Despite a century or two of intense plundering, we still have a wealth of natural resources, as well as arable land. Yet even the story of our resurrection still feels as if it is being defined and told by those on the outside looking in. I often go back to these thoughts from Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “If I had not grown up in Nigeria – and all I knew of Africa were popular images – I too would think that Africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals and incomprehensible people fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and Aids, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind white foreigner.”



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