Africa and Trump – Africa Today Tv

Episode 8: The African Narrative in the US: Rising or Falling?

The African narrative in the US has historically been misconceptions and half-truths. Yes, Africa has poverty and conflict, but it also has thriving economies, stock markets, skylines with gleaming skyscrapers, and vibrant cultures. To the great frustration of Africans, the US government, media and NGOs have mostly focused on the negative, ignoring good news, like Africa regularly posting record growth rates. Since President Clinton’s groundbreaking speech at a G-8 meeting in Denver 20 years ago, US leaders have talked of Africans as partners. Presidents influence the media, and can drive the tone and amount of coverage. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barak Obama each made high-profile trips to Africa and hosted numerous African leaders at the White House. Their words and actions encouraged a more honest, nuanced narrative on Africa in the American media. So far, President Trump has said little on Africa. On Twitter, his frequent means of communications, he has tweeted about 50 times on Africa, but the vast majority were on Ebola, and the others on corruption and unrest. The administration is still new, but as an Africa policy emerges will America’s first businessman/president begin to talk of Africa in terms of opportunities? At the same time, Africans are taking charge of their own narrative, with countries launching major branding campaigns. Meanwhile, the global communications landscape has vastly changed over the last several years. Technology allows us all to tell our own story. Africans, like people all over the world, are sharing with the world their stories, their realities, and their hopes and dreams.

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On January 20, 2017, the US political landscape changed. As President Donald Trump took office, a different US foreign policy began to emerge. Many of these policies will affect Africa. For some, the administration’s actions are causing deep concern, while others see a potential for new opportunities. Africa Today TV’s special series looks at how the new administration will engage with Africa, and perhaps more importantly, how Africa will engage with the new administration. Join us as we discuss and debate the continually evolving US-Africa relationship while examining topics from both American and African perspectives.

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Carol Pineau - Anchor

Carol Pineau is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist with more than 20 years experience reporting on Africa. Her groundbreaking film, Africa Open for Business, was voted the BBC Documentary of the Year and helped change media coverage on Africa. Carol has reported on many of the world’s hot spots and interviewed Heads of State, rebel leaders, and numerous other newsmakers. Previously posted in Eritrea for CNN, and Nairobi covering East Africa for VOA, she is currently based in Washington where she continues her focus on Africa and remains a passionate advocate for unbiased reporting on Africa.

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