Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa

The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa

By Dayo Olopade

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The path to progress in Africa lies in the surprising and innovative solutions Africans are finding for themselves

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Publisher: Mariner Books.
Publish Date: 03/10/2015
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 9780544483996
ISBN-10: 0544483995
Language: English

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The path to progress in Africa lies in the surprising and innovative solutions Africans are finding for themselves.

"A hopeful narrative about a continent on the rise." --New York Times Book Review

Dayo Olopade knew from personal experience that Western news reports on conflict, disease, and poverty obscure the true story of modern Africa. So she crossed sub-Saharan Africa to document how ordinary people deal with their daily challenges. She found what cable news ignores: a continent of ambitious reformers and young social entrepreneurs, driven by kanju--creativity born of African difficulty. It's a trait found in pioneers like Kenneth Nnebue, who turned cheap VHS tapes into the multimillion-dollar film industry Nollywood. Or Ushahidi, a technology collective that crowdsources citizen activism and disaster relief.

A shining counterpoint to the conventional wisdom, The Bright Continent rewrites Africa's challenges as opportunities to innovate and celebrates a history of doing more with less as a powerful model for the rest of the world.


"For anyone who wants to understand how the African economy really works, The Bright Continent is a good place to start." --Reuters


"[An] upbeat study of development in Africa...The book is written more in wonder at African ingenuity than in anger at foreign incomprehension." --The New Yorker

About the Author

Dayo Olopade is a Nigerian-American journalist covering global politics and development policy. She has reported for the New Republic, the New York Times, and other publications. Olopade is currently a Knight Law and Media Scholar at Yale University.<

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