Since 2012, Everyday Africa has been bringing the beauty, complexity, and diversity of life in Africa to viewers across the world, transcending media-driven stereotypes that depict the continent primarily as a place overrun by disease, poverty, and war. Through stunning photography and surprising insights, Everyday Africa has become a social media phenomenon. The project currently has over 360,000 followers on Instagram, is featured regularly in the world’s leading media outlets, and has sparked a worldwide movement of partner “Everyday” projects–all with the goal of showing local realities and global commonalities.
Cofounder Peter DiCampo will share some of the project’s most noted images and discuss the newly published Everyday Africa book. DiCampo will be joined by a panel of notable figures from Seattle’s African community who’ll respond to the work and discuss the power of media to empower or to disenfranchise, including TED speaker Saki Mafundikwa, Marie Kidhe of the Northwest African American Museum and Shukri Olow, a member of King County’s Best Starts for Kids Initiative. Writer and filmmaker Charles Mudede will moderate.