Challenge accepted: Why you are seeing black and white photos on social media
By Vincent Kejitan | July 30th 2020
In recent days you have probably come across numerous black
and white photos on both Instagram and Facebook with the caption ‘challenge
The ‘challenge’ has gone viral and basically, you just have
to nominate a friend to participate and they can accept by posting an image of
themselves that they like.
Using the caption ‘Challenge accepted’ and the hashtag #womensupportingwomen
they can then tag others and the cycle continues.
Not that there has been an injustice to spark the trend but
according to multiple sources, the challenge might have originated in Turkey
where numerous cases of femicide were reported in recent months and black and
white photos were used in newspapers to raise awareness.
The pictures that are currently being shared are meant to promote female empowerment and support for fellow women.
One Facebook user on Thursday raised an interesting question
regarding the challenge and it got me thinking.
“Why don’t we use the same energy to support each other’s
business?” she asked.
Ever since the first Covid-19 case was reported in Kenya,
numerous people have lost their jobs and they have resorted to alternative ways
of generating income.
Be it selling clothes, hawking fruits and vegetables from
their vehicles (car-boot business) or even selling masks and sanitisers,
Kenyans have strived to make ends meet despite the harsh economic times.
Others have taken to podcasts and YouTube channels, opening
Facebook pages and inviting us to ‘like’ but more often than not we have
scrolled past the notifications.
In my opinion, support for friends should include supporting
their business and paying in good time.
In turn, they should also ensure that they sell quality
products to you with utmost professionalism.
Uploading a picture with a hashtag on women empowerment is great but we can always do more.
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