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Makurdi Flood: Why Africans must use the media to tell our stories to the world – Chika Unigwe



Chika Unigwe

With the numerous social networking and content sharing platforms all over the world today, it has become easy for Africans to share Africa’s stories unadulterated and directly with the world.

It’s no longer time to complain about the world not telling our stories or telling them wrongly, but to use the tools at our disposal to share our own stories.

Writer and winner of the 2012 Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas Prize for Literature Chika Unigwe, shared the message above in a short, but insightful thread on Twitter.

This is in the wake of flood submerging nearly 3,000 homes in Makurdi, the capital of Benue state in Nigeria. Social media users have called out western media for not reporting the disaster going on in Nigeria; Niamey, Niger, as well as in Mumbai, India.

Here’s what Chika thinks:

This also applies to Africa’s unique culture, identity, history and development. From Morocco to Nigeria, and Rwanda to Mauritius, Africans must come out, to use the tools at their disposal to spread the message of Africa to the world.

Photo Credit: Chika Unigwe


  1. Naina

    September 1, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    This is so apt! We need to tell our stories to the world.

  2. Jules

    September 1, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Gbam!! She nail am well and our Nigeria media do not cover these stories enough. CNN will talk about Houston flooding till one is almost ‘high’ from it same with BBC with its U.K related issues. Biko Channels TV abi NTA/AIT/…… Do more

  3. susan

    September 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Sincerely, i got to know about the Texas hurricane through artist, millionaires/billionaires, humanitarian groups, churches, individuals, philanthropist, media outlets, blogs and even small business stepping in through their donations and opening of their doors to victim. However, in my motherland-Nigeria: land of milk and honey, those we give our support to grow their careers and pocket give back to us through showing us how well off they have become and even so with the debts their owe us….. I do think the so called billionaires/millionaires and celeb in Naija are either so broke but still trying to keep up or have actually sold the hearts out……..How do you not get moved? and the Media? they are just all about the glitz and glam especially the blogs and print media

  4. Agu

    September 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    It takes contribution of voices from all of us on social; media to do so. tell our own story good or bad

  5. Enny

    September 1, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    On point !!!
    We can not expect others to do for us what we have not done for ourselves.
    Who is stopping us from telling our stories?

    I really appreciate the prompt response such issues recieve abroad. But maybe we can achieve that in Nigeria

  6. susan

    September 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Bellanaija…. hope my comment filled u up real good seeing as you guys ate it ALL. If you like post. The truth remains that you are GUILTY……

  7. Moniker

    September 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Succinctly put… This is it. No one owes us jack. We need to love ourselves enough before others love us. God bless her

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