As part of their new campaign called “Stop the Pity, Unlock the
Potential”, the organization Mama Hope has published this hilarious
video poking fun at the Hollywood clichés about men in Africa. Think of any recent action movie and you will realize that
frequently, African men are depicted as ultra violent warlords leading
armies of children shooting AK-47 from trucks. Hopefully, few
people arrive at that conception, but a funny video is always a good way to remind people of the reality.

We really like the global vision of Mama Hope, and especially the
message of this campaign: “It is only when people are no longer seen
through the stereotypes of poverty that we can begin to see we are not
so different from each other. We wanted our supporters to see that
Africa is full of progress, potential, and hope.”. We believe that
this is a fantastic way to raise awareness about the amazing potential
of Africa. Curing the symptoms of poverty is necessary, but the best way to help Africa is to provide the resources for people to “transform
their own communities”.

William Kamkwamba Windmill

This reminds me of a fantastic story we read a few years ago on Wired: “Teen’s DIY Energy Hacking Gives African Village New Hope”.
Which was followed by quite a few interesting documentaries on TV
about the growing DYI cultures in Africa and the amazing electronical
and mechanical talents that young people have developed there out of
necessity.

Ben often says that “Africa is the future”, and we are profoundly
determined to contribute to this movement, to make the world more fair
and share the resources. It’s a fact that Westerners will have to
change their way of consuming food, energy, and goods in order to be more
sustainable. We are seeing the rise of the ‘maker movement’, as
Al-Jazeera recently reported. The DIY culture is more popular
than ever on the net, and hackerspaces are opening all around the
world. This is a unique opportunity to make it up to Africa after
looting their resources for our own industrial revolution, and we need to
back this new ambition. The entire world will benefit from it.

Alex