The TRUE Africa 100 is our list of innovators, opinion-formers, game-changers, pioneers, dreamers and mavericks who we feel are shaping the Africa of today and tomorrow. We’re featuring them over 100 days and we’ve asked them all three questions.
Nosarieme Garrick is a Nigerian writer and filmmaker based in Washington. She aims to showcase the diversity and breadth of stories across the continent with her video site My Africa Is. Nosarieme tells us who is her African of the year (which turns to be quite a lot of people) and more.
Why have you chosen the medium of film to defy stereotypes about Africa?
My dream of retelling the African story was born from my own reintroduction to it from awesome online outlets like Afripop and Africa is a Country. I started out writing for Afripop and as I began falling in love with these stories it reminded me of my passion for film and how much better it would be seeing these stories and not only reading them.
I want to employ film in the vigorous fight we have to take back our narrative.
Even if you couldn’t be there in the flesh you could see what it looks like to be in the space and hear what these cities sound like. Film allows you to incorporate sights, colours and music to immerse the senses. It’s such a three-dimensional medium and I wanted to employ it in the vigorous fight we have to take back our narrative.
Where do you want to see My Africa is in 15 years time?
I‘d like to see My Africa Is remain a series that continues to tell the stories of awesome innovators. I also want to see it blossom at the forefront of producing various formats of content inspired by Africa and its diaspora.
Who’s your African of the year?
This is such a tough question. I don’t know if I could name any one person. What I have grown to love though is the ‘African Twitterati’ of late. There have been so many discussions, spirited debates, fights for fair media coverage and causes receiving momentous support through the critical mass that now lives on social media. They don’t necessarily have one unified voice but there is now a major voice online, one that will not be ignored. I guess, African Twitter is my African of the year.
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Check out myafricais.com
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