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Ciku Kimeria
Writer, Adventurer, Development Consultant, Travelblogger
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Monday, 11 June 2018

Anthony Bourdain's Storytelling In Africa

As the world mourns the death of a master storyteller who enabled us to discover different countries and cultures through their food, it's time to reflect on his legacy. As an African travelblogger and writer, what I really respected about Anthony Bourdain's coverage of the continent, was his determination to explore different cultures with respect. 

Bourdain was a cherished figure in various communities, celebrated for his ability to connect with people and encourage genuine curiosity and appreciation for various cultures through food and travel. Many praised Bourdain for being one of the few visual storytellers on television who captured African culture with integrity and respect through his popular shows Parts Unknown and No Reservations, which aired on CNN and the Travel Channel, respectively. The work he produced often challenged what people thought they knew about places foreign to them.

The African continent most times gets covered by global media in a way that makes someone born and raised on this lovely continent want to cringe. With foreign storytellers often focusing on the negative, the sensational, the shocking aspects, one can easily believe that this is a continent in need of saving. I loved Bourdain's way of storytelling because even as a foreigner, he always came into a country willing to learn, willing to embrace people and their different ways of life without the superiority complex that sometimes comes with Westerners visiting The Dark Continent. 

This particular homage to Anthony Bourdain by Okayafrica features a few great, and mostly short clips from his trips to Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Congo. The viewer will be left with a real curiosity to visit the places he visited, sample the meals and meet the local people. 

This is part of Bourdain's legacy that will live on: his ability to inspire wanderlust in those who watched his stories by showing them a different side of places they might never have otherwise visited.

Anthony Bourdain's Storytelling In Africa
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