29 Instagram Photos That Will Challenge Your Stereotypes About Africa

“The common media image of the African continent is one of extremes. But how can we identify the extremes without first establishing the norms?”

“Everyday Africa” is an Instagram account that aims to break the continent’s extreme poverty-stricken stereotypes by capturing snapshots of the mundane, the unseen, the “normal life.”

1. “Boys at play. Popenguine, Senegal.”

Photo by Jane Hahn

2. “Sleeping passengers in an overcrowded taxi outside of Hohoe, Ghana.”

Photo by Peter DiCampo.

3. “Saxophones hang from a tree as members of the Rwandan Defense Force Band wait for practice to begin in Kigali, Rwanda.”

Photo by Jane Hahn

4. “Fred Swaniker and Amanda Johnson make time for a per-ceremony photo shoot in Zanzibar, the most beautiful paradise in the world.”

Photo by Nana Kofi

5. “Squeezing fermented cassava to make Garri—a staple food in southwest and southeast Nigeria—in Abeaokuta, Nigeria, on June 5, 2013.”

Photo by @andrewesiebo

6. “Chinese businessmen are served wine during dinner at a restaurant in Kano, Northern Nigeria, on April 10, 2013.”

Photo by Glenna Gordon

7. “A man walks past the Facebook Cafe in downtown Tunis, Tunisia.”

Photo by Lindsay Mackenzie

8. “Nairobi, Kenya | Beryl Opar, 29, has been searching for a job for a year and a half. She takes advantage of her free time to work on her tennis game.”

Photo by Nichole Sobecki

9. “The cabbie and his radio, in the Badia neighborhood of Lagos, Nigeria, August 25, 2013.”

Photo by Allison Shelley

10. “Elizabeth Nakaya, 20, and her friend Sophia, relax in the housing block she lives in with her mother and two younger sisters in a suburb of Nairobi.”

Photo by Nichole Sobecki

11. “School girls share a photo of yours truly in Maiduguri, Nigeria on May 21, 2013.”

Photo by Jane Hahn

12. “A boy lies next to the steps of Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine in Dakar, Senegal on July 2, 2013.”

Photo by Jane Hahn

13. “Lagos, July 11, 2013.”

Photo by @andrewesiebo

14. “Two men bury themselves in the sand on the beach in Grand-Bassam.”

Photo by Peter DiCampo

15. “A girl eats cotton candy at the Kinder Paradise Orphanage in Prampram.”

Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah

16. “A taxi driver sleeps in front of the Accra, Ghana airport.”

Photo by Peter DiCampo

17. “A young, inter racial couple watch on as Dele, a Ghanaian street side painter trims and packages a painting he did of them.”

Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah

18. “‘Welcome to the world of strawberries.’ Stellenbosch region, Western Cape.”

Photo by Sara Terry

19. “Tourists waiting to board ferry to Robben Island.”

Photo by Sara Terry

20. “Virage Beach, Dakar, Senegal.”

Photo by Jane Hahn

21. “A woman climbs out of a waterfall pool at the bottom on Wli Falls in the Volta Region of Ghana.”

Photo by Glenna Gordon

22. “The Real Action Ladies practice on September 2, 2012 in the Orange Farm Township.”

Photo by Charlie Shoemaker

23. “Children react to the presence of foreign journalists in Leleble, Ivory Coast.”

Photo by Peter DiCampo

24. “Dancers sing dance as their troupe marches through the streets of Cape Town as part of the 2013 Cape Town Minstrel Carnival.”

Photo by Charlie Shoemaker

25. “Cricket enjoys her second picnic in the Nairobi Arboretum. She was nicknamed Cricket by her mother.”

Photo by Idil Ibrahim

26. “The writing on the wall says ‘The people have risen’ in Wolof language. It was a slogan for an opposition presidential candidate. Dakar, Senegal.”

Photo by Holly Pickett

27. “A butterfly on a screened in balcony in Freetown, Sierra Leone.”

Photo by Glenna Gordon

28. “Open-air foosball game, Dakar, Senegal, Sept. 28.”

Photo by Holly Pickett

29. “A young boy hides beneath his grandmother’s cloak as the afternoon rains begin.”

Photo by Nichole Sobecki

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