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10 misconceptions of Africa

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Transcript of 10 misconceptions of Africa

1.Africa is a homogenous continent:
Africa is not a country, but is rather a continent consisting of numerous countries and diverse populations. Africa is, in fact,
4 times larger than the United States.
54 different countries andan estimated population of more than 840,000,000 people. 6. People living in Africa speak “African”

People living in Africa do not speak a language called “African.”

estimated that there are well over a thousand languages spoken in Africa organized into four main language families. 9. Most people living in Africa do not have access to communications technology:
Electronic communication is not a new phenomenon in Africa.
Internet is increasingly utilized
44 of the 54 countries in Africa have some form of Internet access at least in their capital cities. 8. People living in Africa are not educated:

Although access to education is limited due to its high cost, there are countless numbers of highly educated people living in Africa.
In the 2000 US census, immigrants born in Africa have the highest level of educational attainment in America
educated African immigrants have difficulty finding work in their field. 3.Africans are tribal

“tribe” is a European word, not an African one.

It is not uncommon for North Americans to think of Africans as tribes, but to think about Canadians, Mexicans, or French as “ethnic groups” or “countries.”

the West associate the word “tribe” with social backwardness, and unsophisticated technology. 10. Africa is mostly jungle and desert: 7. Music in Africa has nothing in common with music we listen to in North America:

Many of the popular styles of music in Canada have roots in the rhythms of Sub-Sahara and West Africa. 4. Famine is the only cause of poverty ...the arms trade the exploitation and exportation of Africa’s natural resources... ...government corruption the spread of disease War The physical geography of Africa is as diverse as the people who live there. high snowy mountains, rich tropical forest, open grassland, pine forests, and temperate climates. Think of any climate in the world (except Antarctica), and you can find it somewhere in Africa. Think about this:
•49% of African immigrants to the United States age 25 years and older possess a BA or higher compared with nearly 33% of Europeans, 45% of Asians, 6% of Central Americans, and 25% of South Americans. 2. Africa is a poor continent coltan, diamonds, gold, and bauxite, oil, gas, and timber. wealth has not translated into better living conditions for the average African person. colonization, corruption, armed conflict or rebellion, as well as the policies of international financial institutions like the World Bank and IMF 5. All Africans look the same and share the same ancestral background: different skin colours and physical characteristics. diverse histories of origin.
“indigenous” Africans (remember that all humans originate from Africa and that our ancestors were Africans)
immigrant Africans from all parts of the world. prejudices based upon these differences often within Black community. So when we think of Ishmael Beah and conflicts in Africa, we must not hold an opinion of superiority. We must have a true understanding of the factors that contribute to such a diverse range of inequalities.
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