The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa (Paperback)
"A hopeful narrative about a continent on the rise." -- "New York Times"
""The""Bright Continent" will change your view of Africa. It's that simple . . . A lively and enjoyable read." -- Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of the New America Foundation
"Spot-on . . . An optimistic vision." -- "Bookforum"
Dayo Olopade knew from personal experience that Western news reports on conflict, disease, and poverty often leave out the true story about modern Africa. And so she crossed sub-Saharan Africa to document how ordinary people deal with their daily challenges. She found what cable news ignores: an innovative continent of DIY changemakers and impassioned community leaders, driven by "kanju "-- the specific creativity born of African difficulty. It's a trait found in innovators like Kenneth Nnebue, who turned cheap, VHS tapes into the multimillion-dollar film industry Nollywood. Or Ushahidi, a technology collective that crowdsources citizen activism and disaster relief. A shining counterpoint to the conventional wisdom, "The Bright Continent" celebrates the tools Africans use to solve problems themselves. Their ability to do more with less is a powerful model for the rest of the world.