Our friends over at Mama Hope - the charity organization whose tag line is “Stop the Pity, Unlock the Potential” – have released another must-see video. The Women of Nyamonge Present: Netball gives us a peek into the lives of a group of four women who live in a port city in the western part of Kenya. In a video that lasts just over 100 seconds, we meet Carolyn (a community representative), Josephine (from the village garden group), Nelly the gospel singer, and Lynet (chairman of the local women’s group). Different ages, different backgrounds, but with a shared love for netball.
“When asked what they would make a film about, the women of the Nyamonge neighborhood of Chiga village in Kisumu, Kenya said, “Netball.
We always see African women as sad and poor. We want to make a video about something we love.””
“You don’t know netball?”, asks Carolyn, before the basics of the game is explained in the video. We then see the four women on the the makeshift bushy court. We see them on the field. There’s cheers, there’s celebration, there’s dancing, there’s Beyonce’s “(Run the World) Girls” song playing in the background.
The latest video follows the success of “African Men,” which has already hit over 1 million views on YouTube.
Close to 3,000 people have commented on the post, ranging from:
“I hate how people stereotype Africans. Many think all Africans live in the jungle, Africans are in tribes, they are evil, they believe in no religion…In reality there are cities larger than New York City in Africa like Cairo, Egypt..” to the less pleased who felt it wasn’t representative enough: “This video completely ignores the White African man, therefore making it racist.”
The Western stereotypes are not confined to Africans as one commentator remarked: “Dude, I actually had an American ask me whether elephants are still used as a mode of transport in India. A strange numbness you experience when people are so misinformed about so much in the world. But I can’t really blame them. That’s how most of us are. Blissfully unaware about stuff we don’t care about.”
“This is a campaign to build awareness of the simple fact that we are more similar than different. It’s time for us to change the way we see people across the world and start to see other communities for the people they are instead of the stereotypes we’ve been trained to expect. It is time to stop the pity and unlock the potential!”