The Guardian has launched a new Africa network, emphasising stories of hope, debating "the many faces of the continent today – and where it is heading tomorrow".
And it kicks off strongly. The opening article highlights how the continent is – surprise, surprise – far more complex than much of the media would have us believe. Africa's 54 countries are fantastically diverse, home to almost a billion people with thousands of ethnicities and languages.
Summing up the shifting perspectives of Africa eloquently. David Smith writes: "Once narratives of Africa were dominated by conflict, despotism, disease, televised famine and hapless victimhood. Now, the talk is of African lions, six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies, a booming middle class, a slew of natural resource discoveries, the next frontier for investors – not aid donors. A new Africa."
The new network has already tackled complex cultural issues including homosexuality and the terrible legacy of colonialism. Bookmark it, and share this story with everyone you know – let's help encourage a better understanding of this vibrant continent.