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Africans in the Diaspora have been urged to play their role in defending the continent's progress made since its first attainment of freedom more than 50 years ago.

This plea was made by President Hage Geingob as he returned to the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem in New York 40 years later, as one of the guests during a panel discussion titled "Next Narrative Africa, the Bridge''.

The conversation examined the changing narrative on the continent, which used to be associated only with poverty, hunger, and other notions contrary to socio-economic development.

While acknowledging the challenges, President Geingob wants those of African descent in the diaspora to contribute to the changing narrative by telling positive African stories and breaking stereotypes.

The recent coups across the Sahel indicate a reversal of accepted democratic processes and governance.

These have led to some Africans fleeing the continent in search of stability and economic opportunities.

President Geingob says even amid these instances, the continent remains steadfast in solving its own problems, unlike in the past, when Europe or the US would intervene first.

Panellists all agreed that Africa is just like any other continent, but it will take a shift in mindset and in the media to expand this narrative.

The Next Narrative Africa is characterised by youth-focused content and requires a robust content research and development process and the bringing together of Africa's policymakers, corporations, and arts industry creatives.

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Blanche Goreses