For too long Africans have been very critical of themselves. We are quick to point out what about ourselves is not right. We even use it to humor ourselves. It’s our comedy, I don’t remember the last time I watched black entertainment that actually focus on the good side of the Black American people. A script written on how good we are at everything we have ever set out to do. Rap music for too long perpetuates the same Black American culture that we would rather do without. Its guns, drugs, death, ignorance and other negative vices.
It’s no wonder I am yet to watch a TV series that shows a black man that made wealth without starting out as a drug dealer. Hip hop really sells this narrative. So what’s the problem? In the words of spoken word artiste Black Ice – Truth Is “they’re still flooding our streets with thugs drugs and killing their just using these record labels to do it.” A large number of Black Americans have found themselves living their narrative. It could be argued that it’s just entertainment but you don’t learn to be a musician by reading history books you read music books.
Now I got the inspiration to write this after I watched Akon speak about the African narrative (https://www.facebook.com/TheAfricanPerspectiveMagazine/videos/1631373350206053/?hc_ref=ARQCGSkaSOUcA51QUSdxMq5yefZnw0rWVdr7MsDOOQgZtZjnDU2e2zfmMR6Ej-VUYtw ). I immediately wanted to jump up and shout someone who gets it.
My country Kenya needs a lesson in the power of your own narrative. Kenyans need to hear and every Kenyan needs to live this. We are too quick to splash the internet with stories of just how bad it is in our country. The more we publish it the more readers outside the country read it and the more that becomes a negative narrative about us. Akon directs the power of the Africa narrative directly at Kenya. Our local media houses don’t do the situation any justice because they to perpetuate the same thinking. What they do is treason.
The Kenya Sevens team is one of the best in the world. For a long time the USA team would not compare to the Shujaa team. The Americans knew this so they found an angle to glorifying their team. They focused on one player Carlin Isles. They branded him as the fastest seven’s player in the world. The boy can run. Soon I didn’t focus on how well their team actually plays but how fast their player is.
The Guardian even did an interview that focused on how fast runs. That is the power of a narrative whenever you’re in a good or bad situation whether you’re winning or losing that’s the power of a positive narrative. No one can write your narrative for you, you need to do it for yourself. So change your narrative love KE.