Make Kony Famous?

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African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign

By at 11:55 am Thursday, Mar 8

(Updated with additions, March 10, 2012. Here’s a Twitter list, so you can follow all of the African writers mentioned in this post who are on Twitter.)


The internets are all a-flutter with reactions to Kony 2012, a high-velocity viral fundraising campaign created by the “rebel soul dream evangelists” at Invisible Children to “raise awareness” about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and child soldiers. As noted in my previous post here on Boing Boing, the project has many critics. There is a drinking game, there are epic lolpictorials, and a chorus of idiots on Facebook.

There are indications the project may be about stealth-evangelizing Christianity. The Invisible Children filmmakers have responded to some of the criticism. Media personalities and celebrities are duking it out as the campaign (and now, backlash) spreads.

But in that flood of attention, one set of voices has gone largely ignored: Africans themselves. Writers, journalists, activists; people of African descent who live and work and think about life on the continent. In this post, we’ll round up some of their replies to #Kony2012.

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One response to “Make Kony Famous?

  1. She’s definitely making a good point at the end “Why is America in”
    Well, from what I know is that, for example China is buying a large amounts of fertile land in Africa to grow food for them selves. I also heard that, Invisible Children is very much connected w/ US Gov. What’s behind it?
    I don’t know. Also, the latest viral video about Kony, have anyone noticed that they mention the name “Invisible Children” only once? Why?
    Why don’t they want people to know their original name? Are they trying to separate them selves from it because id had generated a bad reputation?

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