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A new Showmax documentary dispels myths about traveling around Africa

Quartz logo Quartz 20/10/2021 Carlos Mureithi

Twenty-year-old Othmane Zolati left his home country, Morocco, in 2015 with $80, a backpack, and a pocket camera. After going through 18,000 miles and 24 countries in almost four years, he got to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa in South Africa and a dream destination for him. He had backpacked, walked, hitchhiked, cycled, and skateboarded through the continent.

Zolati’s journey is documented in a new Showmax documentary, Africa and I, which shows Africa’s beauty, its diversity, and its people’s generosity while dispelling stereotypes about the continent and also highlighting the challenges of traveling around the continent.

Africans generally hear about other African countries from western media. Stories such as Africa and I give power to Africans to tell narratives about their own continent, which is often covered in negative light by frequently biased western eyes. Africa and I joins other initiatives bolstered by social media that are about Africans taking control of how their stories are told.

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