Here we go again. This, as Binyavinga Wainaina wrote famously for Granta a couple of years ago, is the way to write about Africa.
1. Find a (non) governmental organisation.*
2. Ensure support from the British/French/North American etc government ministry which is interested in awful suffering of poor darker people.
3. Focus your thoughts on what we all love to call global poverty – and highlight it.
4. Find a mainstream British/French/North American newspaper that displays its interest in Africa by hiring only one correspondent to cover (up) the entire continent (sometimes, yes, there are two: one in Nairobi as well as Johannesburg, or occasionally Cairo), and adds to that in-depth reportage with the help of numbers 1. and 2. above, or Bono & Bob (although Bob now works for the competition – the BBC – as their continental correspondent… so I hear from insiders).
5. Make sure you are interested in international development. International development.
Then get on a plane and travel with numbers 1. and 2. and tell the world what you’ve er-hum, discovered, about the deep dark continent.
What are you waiting for? Off you go!
*We should scrap the NGO and just go for GO. We all know that most NGOs are GOs. So let’s start being honest about it.