50,000 images that will change how you see Africa forever

50,000 images that will change how you see Africa forever

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For the past week, Twitter has been addictive for those with wanderlust or simply curiosity about the world due to the trending hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou. Do a quick Google search and you will see why the visual venture went viral: stunning photography of vibrant and varied landscapes, joyful glimpses into daily life across the continent, and proud displays of diverse cultures, architecture, art and fashion.

Started by 22 year old Somali Twitter user Diana Salah and a friend, the hashtag has generated almost 50,000 tweets. The images depict the continent in a dynamic, positive light conveying the long overdue message that despite mainstream media’s dark and dismal portrayal, there is a lot more to Africa than just poverty, famine, war or safaris.

By sharing snippets of their daily lives, these Twitter users are helping dispel stereotypes, inspire curiosity, and generate appreciation for the continent’s cultural, ecological, social and political diversity.

Rural landscapes focus on awe-inspiring nature and urban shots explore innovative architecture and gleaming, modern cities. Contemporary art and fashion are celebrated alongside photos of ancient mosques and traditional ceremonies.

Here are some highlights that will leave you eager to plan your next vacation!

South Africa

South Africa

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Tanzania

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Algeria

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Algeria

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Chad

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Libya

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Sudan

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South Africa

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Kenya

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Ethiopia

Rwanda

Rwanda

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South Africa

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Madagascar

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Berbers in North Africa

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Kenya

Eritrea

Eritrea

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Mali

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South Africa

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Sudan

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Egypt

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Kenya

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Madagascar

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Nigeria

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Uganda

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Somalia

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Egypt

rwanda

Rwanda

IvoryCoast

Ivory Coast

Tanzania

Tanzania

Morocco

Morocco

South Africa

South Africa

Fulani girls dressed in their "day-glo" best young Fulani girls all dressed up for the big social festival rather than wearing only traditional materials, these girls are embracing modern colors and materials like nail polish. Gaani Festival in the town of Nikki, Benin honoring their King in 2013

Benin

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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