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Civic Media Lab Wins Mo Ibrahim Foundation Editors’ Lab Hackathon

Civic Media Lab Wins Mo Ibrahim Foundation Editors’ Lab Hackathon

Sahara Reporters Media Foundation’s Civic Media Lab displaced other newsrooms from around Africa to win the Global Editors’ Network Editors Lab Hackathon organized by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation at the recently held event in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The team led by Oluwaseun Akinfolarin developed a prototype “Africana” which scored the highest in all four judging criteria – editorial quality, design, development, and implementation.

Over the years, the continent has been inundated with several stories of its migrants who have gone into other countries to stir up nuisance and pollute already settled European and American continent.

These reports mostly from the foreign media one-sided, this is because immigration has become a big issue for them but none of this media ever tells the story of the great things Africans are doing in the diaspora.

There is a current need to change the narrative and start telling the great stories of African migration. That is the motivation behind the Mo Ibrahim Foundation event held in Abidjan. created

According to @Mo_IbrahimFdn 2019 report, Asians had 41.1% of global migration, Europeans have 23.7% while Africa has just 14.1%. Read the full report here:


Civic Media Lab’s prototype, ‘Africana’ will champion the cause of changing the current narrative about African Migration.

‘Africana’ is designed to correct the misinformation about African migration. This idea is for data to carry on stories of African migrant achievement. Through the Africana website, credible stories and data of African migrant achievement will be sourced for partner newsrooms.
According to the team lead, Oluwaseun Akinfolarin, ‘It is time Africans started telling positive stories about African migrants instead of relying on foreign narratives which deliberately paints a gloomy picture. Every time, we are confronted with tales of Africans on boats and ships trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.’

“The goal is to provide credible data on African migration, this we believe would guide the African media to tell more balanced stories. We also believe this would increase reportage on the stories of achievement of the African migrants and change the current unfair narrative,” he added.

With this project, Sahara Reporters Media Foundation’s Civic Media Lab will extensively provide newsrooms across Africa relevant data, statistics and information on the prowess of Africans and their major contributions to the foreign countries they found themselves.

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