“Africa on the Move” is Deutsche Welle's new multimedia package. With support from Germany's Federal Foreign Office, it presents influential young Africans - with 90 films plus radio and online portraits planned in 2015.
The series will introduce “African champions” who are making things happen - such as those behind the "Balai Citoyen" (The Citizen's Broom) movement in Burkina Faso, which played a significant role in “sweeping” the long-serving ruler Blaise Compaore from office. The group's unsung hero is online activist Oscibi, who will be followed by a team from DW.
Leading Nigerian news broadcaster Channels TV is set to adopt the package of programming, while broadcasters in Mozambique, Tanzania and Ghana have already signaled their interest in the multilingual project. “The image of Africa as a place dominated by dictators, crises and catastrophes is inaccurate. There has long been a young, confident and mobile generation of people taking their destinies into their own hands. That's what we're putting in the foreground”, said DW Director of Programming Gerda Meuer.
The television reports in “Africa on the Move” will also be produced in the following languages: Kiswahili, Hausa, French and Portuguese. Furthermore, DW will present the young achievers in its six radio programs for Africa and by way of its social media presence.
DW's radio programming for Africa reaches more than 30 million listeners each week, and its Facebook community has risen to around one million users - just in the languages Amharic, Kiswahili, Hausa, French and Portuguese. On Facebook, followers can get in touch with DW to recommend their own champions to be featured in the series.