Uncovering the News — 04/05/21 – 04/13/21
What’s At Stake: This worldwide silence about such a big accomplishment for the small East African country shows once again that for many news organizations, Africa only makes the news in negative instances.
Djibouti, an East African nation is making it big with green energy. On April 13, The Africa Report, an African news organization reported that Djibouti is aiming to become the first African country to entirely rely on green energy.
For a long time, the East African nation was known for its difficulties in providing its population with electricity. Over time, Djibouti was able to increase its share of renewable energy within its electricity production. The country has been on this trajectory since 2014.
It appears the effort is nearing a crescendo, which is why it deserves our attention. It’s an accomplishment that should be applauded. However, a google search of the country shows no results mentioning this announcement.
At first glance, the top news stories on Djibouti are about the re-election of President Ismail Omar Guelleh for the fifth time and the death of 42 migrants from a boat accident off the Djibouti coast.
The Africa Report is the only news organization to mention Djibouti’s work towards its goal to rely solely on green energy.
It was not easy to find this story in the first place. I only came it because it was proposed to me while reading another story about electricity in Nigeria. In trying to explore the story further I realized it was buried deep in the google search results about the country “Djibouti.” The other keywords that helped dig deeper into the issue included “Djibouti green energy.”
News in French-speaking African countries is often not reported by media outlets in the United States. However, they are often widely covered in French media. Because Djibouti is a also French-speaking country, I tried searches in French to find more information on the country’s plan for green energy. The search did not yield much.