Let’s tell the good story of our continent-African Journalists urged

Dennis Peprah, GNA Special Correspondent in Morocco

Rabat (Morocco),
Sept. 10, GNA – African media have been urged to highlight on, tell and market
the good story and potentials in the continent to the globe.

Mrs Veye Tatah of
the Africa Institute of Media, Migration and Development (AIMMAD), Germany,
said the world still had wrong perception about Africa, and it required African
Journalists and writers to feature and showcase the African good story around
the globe.

She was addressing
Journalists and broadcasters drawn from Europe and Africa attending the Robert
Bosch Stiftung September School on migration, underway Rabat, Morocco.

Mrs Tahah emphasised
it was important for the Africa media to rethink and market the potentials of
the continent, saying Africa had much to offer the world.

“We must do much to
retell the ancient story of diseases, catastrophe, impoverishment, poverty and
hunger that hang on our continent in the international community”, she said.

Mr Dennis Peprah, a
Chief Reporter of the Ghana News Agency (GNA) is among the 27 Journalists drawn
from Europe and Africa attending the five-day Media and Migration school aimed
at building bridges between Journalists in Europe and Africa on migration.

Dubbed: “Journalism
in a global context-challenge migration”, the Erich-Brost-Institut of
Journalism in close partnership with the Africa Institute of Media, Migration
and Development (AIMMAD), the AMI and Goethe Institute with funding from the
Robert Bosch Stiftung is organising the September School.

Participants will
meet and interact with experts, migrants and Non-governmental organisations and
other relevant institutions in Morocco.

Mrs Tahah said it
was imperative for the media in Africa to change their perceptions and use
their pens and airwaves to re-direct and sharpen policy that would enable
governments to find solutions to challenges bedeviling the continent.

Eric Chinje, the
Managing Director of the Africa Media Initiative (AMI), a pan African media
organisation, mentioned poor quality of life, economic and cultural
considerations, and remittances as some driving forces of irregular migration
in Africa.

He observed lack of
quality leadership in most African countries coupled with high corruption
remained the bane of socio-economic development of the continent.

Professor Dr Susanne
Fengler of the Erich-Brost-Institut of International Journalism, TU Dortmund
University, observed the need to build and deepen bridges between Journalists
in Europe and Africa to enable them highlight on and bring the attention of
governments to migration.