Ending African stereotypes

AFRICA AMBASSADOR: Nozibele Qamngana 24, says everyone should have some opportunities. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE
AFRICA AMBASSADOR: Nozibele Qamngana 24, says everyone should have some opportunities. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

NOZIBELE Qamngana is a pioneer in the campaign to end negative stereotypes associated with African countries. And now the 24-year-old will have an opportunity to share her views at the Africa for Norway conference in Oslo next week.

Speaking from the Ubuntu Education Fund office in Zwide, Qamngana said she was fully committed to stamping out all negative stereotypes about Africa harboured by the international community.

“Yes, to some extent we’re poor. Yes, we are facing various issues . . . but our birthplace should not be discriminated against. Everyone should receive the same opportunities,” she said.

Qamngana will also have the opportunity to debate the way in which African countries are portrayed in the Western media.

She said the invitation to the conference had come as a bit of a surprise after organisers saw Ubuntu’s website and Facebook page and sent an invitation based on what they had seen.

-Amir Chetty

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