Nanjala Nyabola writes a compelling and strong article on the wrongdoings of Western news reporters when writing and researching on sub-Saharan Africa.
The author makes some remarks about the tendency by western writers of looking at African dynamics as mainly ethnic-based. To do so is indeed non-sense! Yes, there is an ethnic element but it is surrounded by other elements with the same or even bigger relevance. Ethnicity in itself is also mutable and fluid, a statement that contradicts the general belief of westerners that ethnicity is hardened and rigid.
The author also highlights a common wrongdoing by western writers: to speak English, French or Portuguese is not enough to understand the full extent of what people say and express – it is a matter of interpretation. It is essential to consider the element of interpretation if one wants to understand the social dynamics between the different peoples of one region.