Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

11235219686_4bcefed3fe_z

It all started with this tweet:

Ever since then, #ifafricawasabar has gone viral with over 60,000 tweets and counting. The jokes, sarcasm, reality checks, and outrageous memes keep pouring in. It’s all about Africans revealing how they perceive other Africans.

What stands out though is the way new writing, ideas, and perspectives can be generated from something as simple as a tweet.

22 year-old Botswana Writer, Siyanda Mohutsiwa who inspired this hashtag is passionate about Pan Africanism. Looking for a lighthearted, but educational way to start a conversation on perspectives of African countries, she sent out that first tweet in faith.

A BBC, CNN, and a Le Monde feature later, the anecdotes show this discussion was appropriately timed.

The struggles facing African countries came to the fore in these 5 tweets that touch on issues of identity, self-perception and a sense of belonging.

Here is a small selection of tweets for your enjoyment:

With this twitter experiment, Siyanda finds herself in the ranks of contemporary author, Teju Cole who has shared engaging narratives through this medium.

 

***********

Image by no rain corp. via Flickr

Tags: , ,

Nma rarely forgets the books she has read and attributes the reading bug to the moment she read Kofi Bentum Quantson’s two part novel, Mama Don’t Die. Ever a literary enthusiast, Nma is also a storyteller. She reveals extraordinary details in the lives of ordinary people and creates narratives for imagined stories.

One Response to “African Twitter Erupts Over #IfAfricaWasABar Hashtag” Subscribe

  1. Hannah 2015/07/31 at 08:53 #

    I went over there and it’s totally hilarious. Ingenious, huh?

Leave a Reply

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

How Egyptian Music Icon Abdel Halim Hafez Became a Centrepiece in Safia Elhillo’s “The January Children”

safia elhillo book

Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has received the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, with her poem “application for assylum” shortlisted […]

Heaven Is a Place South of Here | Kanyinsola Olorunninsola | Memoir

received_1623695634357425

And because no man is permitted entry into heaven without a sacrifice of his own. . . the story of […]

Lupita Nyong’o Announces New Children’s Book, “Sulwe”

lupita_custom-6131c7d701315f00cf097f4e7cc39578e8758b9c-s900-c85

Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has announced a new children’s book titled Sulwe. The book, reports The New York Times, […]

14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 2: The Inward Gaze

IMG-20180113-WA0006

A few days ago, we announced the gorgeous cover for the LGBTQI art collective 14’s second volume, which featured snippets […]

The “Black Panther” Comic: Nnedi Okorafor Says Wakanda Is “Close to” Kenyan County

Nnedi-Okorafor BELLA NAIJA

The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. To sustain […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to AFREADA’s Valentine’s Day Contest and Anthology

afreada-vdc

AFREADA magazine is putting together a Valentine/love-themed anthology. Founded by its editor Nancy Adimora, who contributed to our Christmas books-to-read […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.