We are a media company with a difference that promotes, showcases and empowers African and Afrocentric voices and talent. Through our dedicated staff, volunteers and global network of contributors we produce high quality content and services for, from and about Africa.
Why our work matters
The Best of Africa was founded by Zangose Tembo in December 2016 from a passion for story telling and social justice issues. Through our platform and services we hope to demonstrate that the beauty of our continent goes beyond animals and tourist attractions, instead the beauty of Africa also lies in its people, their voices and talents and their ability to use these to tell stories and through exposure to earn an income from their creative talents.
Through our online media platform (thebestofafrica.org), events and talent promotion we play a role in influencing wider conversations about creating a more positive narrative of the African continent while helping creatives to gain exposure and generate an income for their work.
Supporting upcoming talent: Majority of our content is contributing by young people who are hoping to get their talent recognised globally. We understand that especially for those in the arts, getting working noticed particularly in Africa can be difficult. We therefore find joy in being a small part of getting this work seen by the world.
Learning from others: We work with like minded individuals and organisations to create content and provide services to promote each others portfolio. We are hyper aware of the fact that Afrocentric media and key figures have spoke about and continue to work towards fighting for the need to take control of the African narrative by telling stories through African lenses. For that reason we are not the only ones who do what we do. Our caption on Instagram which as you say is yours is therefore purely coincidental.
Shamelessly Afrocentric: By sharing Afrocentric voices and talents of those in Africa and beyond , each individual involved has a stake in the continents state of affairs.
Shattering prevailing narratives: We do not focus on problems but rather solutions and talents that go beyond prevailing western media narratives of poverty and conflict. Through our platform and network, we harness peoples talents and capabilities to demonstrate that the beauty and strength of Africa lies in its people and their ability to tell their own stories.
Apolitical: The African continent is rising and has rich and diverse cultures and people but an unmet need for non-biased commentary and analysis by and for Africans. We meet this need by presenting peoples ideas in an informed a-political manner.
Collaborative: We work with like minded individuals and organisations to create content and provide services to promote each others portfolio.