Peace Hyde, one of Africa’s biggest media moguls and creator of the hit Netflix show “Young, African & Famous” in a recent interview with the BBC has shared her excitement at seeing the rhetoric about Africa and Africans change due to the show.
Born and bred in London to Ghanaian parents, Peace had her start as a child psychologist before working as a Biology, Physics and Chemistry teacher for a few years in the UK. Later, she decided to actively pursue her dreams of being active on the media scene.
Talking about growing up, she shared that being African was reason enough to be disrespected when she was a child. They would talk about black people’s skin colour, hair and everything else disrespectfully. But today, people like Davido, Burna Boy, Khanyi Mbau, Annie & 2Face Idibia among others have changed the narrative and made it cool to be African now.
According to her, her show on Netflix opened people’s eyes to what life can be for Africans and changed the preconceptions and expectations of “Black-Is-King-like” living on the continent.
Peace Hyde has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work in media, education activism and entrepreneurship. In 2018, she was shortlisted among 200 leaders as part of the Obama Foundation Africa Leaders program and in 2019, was awarded the African Social Impact award at the House of Parliament, House of Commons in the UK.
She is currently the head of digital media and partnerships at Forbes Africa in addition to being the correspondent for West Africa.