Changing the African Narrative

On March 20th, 2014 ABC radio Canberra hosted a discussion regarding changing the African narrative in the western media. The panellists were H.E. Molosiwa Selepeng, the Botswana High Commissioner and dean of the African heads of Mission in Canberra, Phoebe Mwanza, the President of African Professionals of Australia ACT Chapter and Margaret O’Collaghan who worked with UNFPA in Zambia and is currently an academic visitor at the ANU Crawford school. The panellists pointed out that the African narrative needs to change because Africa has made great strides in economic development and democratisation. They urged western media to tell the diverse range of stories taking place in Africa, as there are many positives that do take place there. The African Media Resource Centre of Excellence launched a similar initiative last year in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The entire interview can be downloaded here.

From the President, African Professionals of Australia (ACT Chapter)

The African Professionals of Australia (APA) is a non-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to empower professionals of African origin to reach their full potential in their respective professions. This includes providing a platform to pursue and achieve continued professional relevance and impact to the Australian community at large. APA is one of the largest African organisations in Australia with a current membership of over 500. The organisation is dedicated to the personal and professional success of African-Australian professionals and has in place several programs and initiatives aimed towards maximum utilisation of available resources to achieve its intended objectives. APA offers its members leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities and career placement services. APA has Chapters in the ACT, New South Wales, and Western Australia.


APA ACT Contact Details

Phoebe Mwanza, President –

Marian Kijirah, Vice President –




Twitter: @APAACT

Mailing address: PO Box 2586, Jolimont Centre GPO, Canberra ACT 2601

Half of a Yellow Sun

This film of Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s novel about the Nigerian Civil War will be on national release from March 27th. Film reviewer David Stratton writing in The Weekend Australian gives it four stars out of five and writes that it is “a significant achievement for the embryonic Nigerian film industry.”