Be­yond stereo­types

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Ten years af­ter his re­turn to China, Bo still has a vivid mem­ory of his stint in Nige­ria. He misses evenings un­der the starry sky and fire­flies light­ing up the grass, so much he dreams with all his heart to re­turn to Africa some­day.

But time is lack­ing, and he can only read his diary from time to time to re­con­nect with his past ex­pe­ri­ences. Over the years, an idea took ahold of him: the need to share his sto­ries with a wider pub­lic, so he wrote and pub­lished his book.

“I want to make read­ers aware of the real Africa, which is mul­ti­cul­tural and rav­ish­ing,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to Bo’s re­al­ized dream to pub­lish a book about his time in Africa is his wish to pro­duce a film about the con­ti­nent; a film about “their true way of life.” Such a project would help break the stereo­types that are usu­ally found in most films about Africa.

“In­stead of re­cur­ring themes like war, disease and poverty, we should spread a more pos­i­tive mes­sage, and let view­ers see Africa as it is,” said Bo, who has al­ready writ­ten a sce­nario based on his ex­pe­ri­ence in Nige­ria.

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