Africa is a large and multicultural continent, but it doesn’t always seem that way because of how the media tends to portray it. Think about how many commercials you see pleading with viewers to send money to starving or distressed children in the region and it's no wonder that we often have a really skewed view of life on the world's second most-populated continent. That’s why a group of young people created the Twitter campaign #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou.
“I got involved [with the campaign] because growing up I was made to feel ashamed of my homeland, with negative images that paint Africa as a desolate continent,” 22-year-old Somali-American Diana Salah told Fusion.
While she's not the founder of the campaign, she’s one of the people to really push it. “I used to get questions ranging from ‘Were you born in a hut?’ to hurtful comments about disease and poverty.”
Take a look at some images people tweeted that you don’t typically see in the media conversation about Africa: