An exciting new voice offers a fresh portrait of Africans thriving in the face of adversity, showing the way forward for development on the continent and beyond.
For years Dayo Olopade struggled to reconcile the American media's image of Africa as warring, impoverished, and pitiful with the Africa she's known since childhood: resilient, joyful, and innovative, a continent of impassioned community leaders. She reports firsthand on the explosion of commercial opportunities and technological innovations that are improving outcomes for families, children, and the environment.
The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa ($26.00) joins the conversation started by authors such as Jeffrey Sachs, Nicholas Kristof, and Dambisa Moyo. Olopade rejects stale and ineffectual foreign interventions, arguing that the increasingly globalized challenges the continent faces can and must be addressed with the tools Africans are already using to solve these problems themselves. In many ways, Africa's model of doing more with less--of working around dysfunctional institutions to establish strong informal networks--can be a powerful model for the rest of the world. Behind the dire headlines, Olopade discovers many convincing rays of hope.
Dayo Olopade is a Nigerian-American journalist covering global politics and development policy. She has reported for the New Republic, the Root, the Daily Beast, the New York Times, and many other publications. Olopade is currently a Knight Law and Media Scholar at Yale University.
The path to progress in Africa lies in the surprising and innovative solutions Africans are finding for themselves Africa is a continent on the move. It's often hard to notice, though the Western focus on governance and foreign aid obscures the individual dynamism and informal social adaptation driving the past decade of African development.