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Adedana Ashebir is a freelance writer based in the Washington, D.C. area. She is the creator of the #AfricaSees hashtag, a digital response to lazy headlines in the Western media’s Africa reporting. The hashtag is a spoof of the January 2014 Associated Press headline “Africa Sees Violent, Deadly Start to 2014” that discussed only five countries, or roughly 10% of the continent. You can follow Adedana on Twitter @AdedanaAbroad.

How many times can we sit and reimagine, reignite, and rethink Africa? As we enter a school year and the conference cycle begins anew,