Magazine article New African

'We Are Sick and Tired of Bad Press'. (around Africa - South Africa)

Magazine article New African

'We Are Sick and Tired of Bad Press'. (around Africa - South Africa)

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The South African high commissioner to London, Cheryl Carolus, has said when she reads British newspaper accounts of Africa, she does not recognise the continent she knows.

Speaking at the press launch in London of "Yaa Asantewaa, Warrior Queen", an epic musical which will tour the UK in April, Mrs Carolus, a powerful ad-lib speaker, raised the house with one of her trademark speeches.

Celebrating Yaa Asantewaa, the queen who led the Asante army to war against the British in 1900, Mrs Carolus said, "is important for us, as Africans, and the people of the world.

"Yes, there are problems in Africa," she admitted, "but when I read British newspapers and the things they say about Africa, it is not the continent I know."

In the last four years, she said, Africa has seen four coups on the continent. "Every coup is one too many," she conceded, "however, in the same four years, there have been 49 successful democratic elections in Africa, but you don't see this in the British papers.

"We are sick and tired of the way our countries and continent are covered. We are not barbarians. African culture is very sophisticated, so Africanness and sophistication are not mutually exclusive."

She told how during the days of apartheid, the IMF used to classify South Africa as belonging to the "European Region". …

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