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African Twitter Imagines #IfAfricaWasABar...

Botswana-based writer Siyanda Moutsiwa inspires African Twitter to imagine #IfAfricaWasABar.


On Monday, Siyanda Moutsiwa (@SiyandaPanda), a 22-year-old writer and pan-Africanist from Gaborone, presented the prompt: "If Africa was a bar, what would your country be drinking/doing?" Using the hashtag #IfAfricaWasABar, people from all over the continent (and diaspora) began chiming in with hilarious, satirical, cheeky hypothetical bar-antics.

Moutsiwa put the hashtag in full swing by sharing some of her own witty tweets:

Only a day later, the hashtag has garnered over 50K uses, according to Twitter analysis website Topsy. Speaking on what inspired the question, Moutsiwa explained she "thought it would be a fun way for Africans to laugh at themselves and each other by putting geopolitics in a comedic light."

The tweets are an opportunity for Africans on social media to talk about Africa without interference of international media--a stride towards claiming and creating a first-hand narrative. "Africans on social media are dying for opportunities to talk about Africa," Moutsiwa told CNN. The hashtag, she said, provided "a safe space to do that, without being spoken down to by international media." Take a look at what Twitter users say this socially complex, 54-nation bar would look like.

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