African Women Remind Outsiders To Stop Hijacking Their Image

At least some African women are concerned enough about their interests that they’re actively protecting their image. One thing that always annoys me is how the continent is lumped together instead of discussing each country individually. Like “Black Women”.

There are well-documented problems mentioned often, but there are also numerous interested parties actively engaged in finding solutions. In the meantime, I don’t see online conversations where Nigerian, Ugandan, Liberian, etc. women are screaming they’re mostly ‘fat and happy’, or how moving onto non-African social circles equals white male worship or how colonialism (white racism) is the main source of their societal ills. We’ve only discussed this in about 300 posts because some of you are extremely hard-headed about justifying non-beneficial dogmas instead of setting higher standards.

I do see push-back against Africans being painted as perpetual victims. How refreshing! That doesn’t deny or negate serious problems that need to be addressed. It does however focus on their intent to build a brighter future. Prosperity thinking and action requires you to envision and be open to more, not less. Thus “Africa” for all that implies is not a single story issue. Like “Black Women”.

Speaking of, many critics of the Kony 2012 film are concerned about outsiders manipulating situations that might cause more harm in the long run.


Above, a video by Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan multimedia journalist who works on ”media, women, peace and conflict issues.” She writes, “This is me talking about the danger of portraying people with one single story and using old footage to cause hysteria when it could have been possible to get to DRC and other affected countries get a fresh perspective and also include other actors.”





Thanks Androgynousblackgirl for the written text and graphics and BW Living Well for the link. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie gave a speech at the Ted Global Conference in 2009 warning against repeating one filtered viewpoint that doesn’t benefit long-term progress.

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

3 Replies to “African Women Remind Outsiders To Stop Hijacking Their Image”

  1. I am certainly glad to hear of this. This makes me think about the future of BWE and BW in general and while I certainly see the power of internet activism, I think we will eventually have to expand. I personally have been a little discouraged as the memes that weigh BW down are so entrenched that they believe they are part of their identity and perhaps they are right to an extent. Unless they are actively confronted with the message everyday in real life, they will continue to believe that ANY image of them should be welcomed as positive and never questioned.


    1. I'm not sure when you started reading AOFB and other BWE messengers, but the online activism has always been counterbalanced with a requirement that women have to apply core tenets in their lives and not just talk about it, vent or site phrases. There has to be an end game planned.

      To that end I've discussed Metaphysical Studies, offer Inspirational Quotations, adopting a Prosperity mindset, meditation and yoga.

      It's one thing to combat criminal activity, unsafe neighborhoods, negative programs and all the ways black males use and trash black women and refuse to parent their children.

      In order for BW to have a balanced life and position themselves to fulfill ALL of their potential, they have to replace every aspect of indoctrination with new thoughts to complete their personal transformation.

      That is a separate and individualized journey and process, of indeterminate length and scope, but it does have a framework.

      Getting to the younger generations will at least ensure many more women will hear the BWE at a crucial life juncture and have LESS baggage, disappointment and reinforcement of dysfunctional thinking.

      The heavy lifting has been done. We've been asking for other women who get it and are living it to step up where they can. The core message is out. Now it's about maintenance and guarding its integrity.

      1. I see. I have actually been talking to someone about certain tenets, but they are so down in the mire and view themselves so much as part of the BC that they have just dismissed me. I never mentioned anything about BWE specifically. I just offered a different point of view and they aren't open to it. I personally would like to do more offline myself and in spite of the occasional brick wall, I'm still undaunted. 🙂


        1. Take care of yourself FIRST. Lead by example. Widen your circles. I think your success and contentment will be in sharp contrast and hopefully this person may be curious enough to be receptive in a few months. Use caution because at the end of the day it's up to each woman.

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