Eliza Anyangwe: “African people don’t want your stinky T-shirts”

It’s a wonder anybody from the West ever travels to Africa. Of the great African continent, European and US media have but a few stories to tell: death, destruction, disease, corruption… oh yeah, and safari.

And Eliza Anyangwe is not happy about this state of affairs.

Luckily, the days when traditional news media are the sole arbiters of what your hear and what you don’t hear about Africa are at an end. Due to the rise of social media and cultural awakening of human being as restless ‘self-publisher’, Africa is now able to tell its story to the world in its own words.

Our list of Africa’s 100 most influential Twitter users is evidence of that.

Here’s the top 10:

10. Computicket (@Computicket)

Computicket – The Ticket You Can Trust.

9. loyiso gola (@loyisogola)

Two time Emmy nominated comedian from South Africa.

8. 5FM (@5FM)

The entertainment powerhouse for South African youth, offering the most popular contemporary music and entertainment. Instagram 5FM.

7. mailandguardian (@mailandguardian)

Get personalised tweets from the Mail & Guardian team. For an automated feed of all our stories follow @mgfeed.

6. Helen Zille (@helenzille)

Western Cape Premier and Former Leader of South Africa’s Official Opposition Party: The Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA).

5. Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema)

Commander in Chief of Economic Freedom Fighters [EFF] and a Revolutionary activist for radical change in Africa.

4. News24 (@News24)

News24 is Southern Africa and Africa’s premier online news resource reaching over 2.3 million local users each month.

3. Jacob G. Zuma (@SAPresident)

President of the Republic of South Africa.

2. Gareth Cliff (@GarethCliff)

1. Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah)

Comedian from South Africa. I was in the crowd when Rafiki held Simba over the edge of the cliff, like an African Michael Jackson.

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