Over the last month, every young black person that engages on any kind of social media has been bombarded almost non-stop with new information. The information ranges from historical to contemporary, from all fields, including innovation, history, politics and entertainment. But one thing connects all the new fresh and frankly exciting stories; the underlying theme that everything we know about everything has either been an outright lie, or edited sufficiently to emphasize white people and white saviours. This re-centering of narratives in storytelling is long overdue and something people in media understand. There is how a thing happens and there is how that thing that happened is portrayed and preserved. For far too long, Africa’s story has been told by everyone else but us, but finally podcasting is creating a new medium for Africans to tell their own stories themselves, through shows like ‘Long Story Short’.
Hosted by journalist, writer and podcaster, Noah Liwa, who used to edit for Busy Buddies, Long Story Short is committed to retelling of African myths and legends, ancient and contemporary with a decidedly Pan African lens. This is how he describes the show.
Africa has moved on from the time it was called the dark continent. It has seen wars, diseases, coups, and even natural disasters.
However, the reemergence of the second largest continent on earth did not start in the 21st century.
Join Liwa, host of Long Story Short, as he takes you through the journey of some of the most iconic characters who have paved the way and shaped Africa we know today and the Africa we want to see in the nearest future.
Hosted on podcasting platform Jamit.fm, Noah Liwa’s story telling is sublime and his agenda is focused purely on storytelling and growing a community of people who care about what stories are told. This is the kind of thinking that we need to make things new.
Check out their latest episode here.