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Marking Africa Day On Twitter By Crowdsourcing Africa's Future Using #TheAfricaWeWant

#theafricawewant is collecting voices from across the continent and their hopes for what could come next.

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Sunday, May 25 was Africa Day, and Twitter marked the occasion with the hashtag "The Africa We Want." Peace, safety, and free expression — in politics locally and in stories told globally — got a lot of play.

#TheAfricaWeWant is one in which guns are silent, impunity is tackled & with dignity, prosperity, protection, equality & justice for all.

Nelson Muffuh@nmuffuh

#TheAfricaWeWant is one in which guns are silent, impunity is tackled & with dignity, prosperity, protection, equality & justice for all.

8:21 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

How do we create an environment where criticising your president is seen as an act of patriotism & not treason? #theafricawewant #afdbam2014

Godfrey Mutizwa@gmutizwa

How do we create an environment where criticising your president is seen as an act of patriotism & not treason? #theafricawewant #afdbam2014

7:51 AM - 23 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#TheAfricaWeWant is 1 where our his/herstories are re-written from an African perspective so we can teach our children what REALLY happened.

Zawadi Nyong'o@ZawadiN

#TheAfricaWeWant is 1 where our his/herstories are re-written from an African perspective so we can teach our children what REALLY happened.

12:46 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#TheAfricaWeWant is 1 where our children have African children's books, animated films, & dolls so that they have strong self identities.

Zawadi Nyong'o@ZawadiN

#TheAfricaWeWant is 1 where our children have African children's books, animated films, & dolls so that they have strong self identities.

1:21 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#TheAfricaWeWant says no to xenophobia, undertsanding that borderlines over our motherland are actually scars from past brutalisations.

Fungai Machirori@fungaijustbeing

#TheAfricaWeWant says no to xenophobia, undertsanding that borderlines over our motherland are actually scars from past brutalisations.

7:34 AM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Women and girls are at the center of many of the tweets. Education, freedom from street harassment, and respect for the right of women to say "no" feature prominently. There is even a call for a new kind of feminism.

#TheAfricaWeWant is built alongside fearless and educated women

Raïssa Simbi@simbiraissa

#TheAfricaWeWant is built alongside fearless and educated women

4:32 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In #TheAfricaWeWant, we will never ask others to #BringBackOurGirls because they'll all be safe and sound in their homes, schools, streets

Nebila Abdulmelik @Aliben86

In #TheAfricaWeWant, we will never ask others to #BringBackOurGirls because they'll all be safe and sound in their homes, schools, streets

8:28 AM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#TheAfricaWeWant a place where women can go for a jog without being stared at or harassed

Isis Nyong'o Madison@inyongo

#TheAfricaWeWant a place where women can go for a jog without being stared at or harassed

2:54 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Where men know that a woman's no means NO. Period. #TheAfricaWeWant

Remmy Shawa@HonShour

Where men know that a woman's no means NO. Period. #TheAfricaWeWant

8:35 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#TheAfricaWeWant a radical shift from corporate and NGO Feminism that's taken root - to a Feminism concerned with structural transformation.

Ruth Nyambura@MsNyamburah

#TheAfricaWeWant a radical shift from corporate and NGO Feminism that's taken root - to a Feminism concerned with structural transformation.

3:23 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Greater opportunity for the young and talented — and greater responsibility among the men (it's still mostly men) who lead families and nations — rose among the concerns.

#TheAfricaWeWant makes it that young people look forward to growing up and working on the continent, and investing in it.

Fungai Machirori@fungaijustbeing

#TheAfricaWeWant makes it that young people look forward to growing up and working on the continent, and investing in it.

7:41 AM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#TheAfricaWeWant is one where #BrainDrain will be totally reversed & all our brilliant minds will be able to thrive within the continent.

Zawadi Nyong'o@ZawadiN

#TheAfricaWeWant is one where #BrainDrain will be totally reversed & all our brilliant minds will be able to thrive within the continent.

12:08 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RT @majestic_end: #TheAfricaWeWant is one where our men start taking responsibility for their children. Too many single Black mothers! Wher…

Esther Kimani@KelsieKim

RT @majestic_end: #TheAfricaWeWant is one where our men start taking responsibility for their children. Too many single Black mothers! Wher…

8:39 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#TheAfricaWeWant: leaders who respect each other and thier people before calling on the west to respect them and Africa! #afdbam2014

Emma Cyuma Nsekanabo@Ensekanabo

#TheAfricaWeWant: leaders who respect each other and thier people before calling on the west to respect them and Africa! #afdbam2014

7:52 AM - 23 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#TheAfricaWeWant is one where leadership is a service and not a platform to wealth,nepotism and tribalism.

Eric Aencha@Kenyaneric

#TheAfricaWeWant is one where leadership is a service and not a platform to wealth,nepotism and tribalism.

7:43 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There were calls to keep more of Africa's wealth on the continent — and for Africans to be better stewards of the continent's resources.

#TheAfricaWeWant Is an Africa that controls its means of production. An Africa that connects what it produces to benefit the people.

African Made@Africanmade

#TheAfricaWeWant Is an Africa that controls its means of production. An Africa that connects what it produces to benefit the people.

8:10 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Less toxic, violent relationship with land #TheAfricaWeWant

basil@basilfarooqi

Less toxic, violent relationship with land #TheAfricaWeWant

8:31 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And there were some clear ideas about what wasn't wanted.

Searched for ‘Uganda’ on @Shutterstock, 99% of the images are of wild animals. Not a single image of Kampala. This is not #TheAfricaWeWant

TMS Ruge@tmsruge

Searched for ‘Uganda’ on @Shutterstock, 99% of the images are of wild animals. Not a single image of Kampala. This is not #TheAfricaWeWant

8:47 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Look at #KasaraniConcentrationCamp & deportations across Africa; hang our heads in shame at our narrow idea of community #TheAfricaWeWant

basil@basilfarooqi

Look at #KasaraniConcentrationCamp & deportations across Africa; hang our heads in shame at our narrow idea of community #TheAfricaWeWant

8:09 PM - 26 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Jina Moore is the global women's rights correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Berlin.

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