Last week, we focused on the media, technology and the challenge of reporting on Ebola. This week, the media’s attention has shifted slightly to focus on the announcement by Gob Geldof that the 30th anniversary of BandAid will focus on raising awareness on the ebola crisis in West Africa. Geldof and his cohort of artists have released the #E3ola and #BandAid30 hashtag to promote the release of the new song.
The announcement of the remake of the song that 30 years ago cemented the image of poverty and famine with Ethiopia and Africa seems to have done more to raise the ire of Africans against Geldof than ebola has done galvanizing Africans against ebola. The #boycottBandAid30 hashtag is already trending and Africans like Marieme Jamme, Bim Adewunmi and others are penning op-eds, open letters and being interviewed by major news outlets.
What does the entry of Bob Geldof into the ebola activism mean? Why has it taken an aged English rocker to ignite a passionate debate about local agency? Are Africans too ungrateful? How should international organizations partner with Africans and African organizations already solving African problems? More importantly, will Geldof’s effort trigger a new trend towards #glocal partnerships between international aid organizations and local organizations or will this be a unique opportunity for Africans to go it alone and showcase their agency?
We’ll discuss all that and more tomorrow at 12pm EST.
When: Wednesday, Nov 12th
Time: 12:00pm EST
Twitter Handle: @AfricaResponds
Hashtags: #AfricaResponds #UnitedAgainstEbola