Many people are woefully ignorant of Africa, as a continent. To many people, Africa is just one big amorphous mass of Borg-like entities waiting around in famine-and war-torn areas to be saved from themselves. Over at Abagond, he seeks to dispel the myths and stereotypical lies that slander the image of Africa. Yes, Africa is a continent.
But, Africa is much, much more than that.
Orthographic map of Africa (SOURCE)
Africa is the birthplace of the human race between 8 million and 5 million years ago:
Lucy, an Australopithecus afarensis skeleton discovered on November 24, 1974, in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression. (SOURCE)
Africa is a continent of many languages:
Africa is a continent of varied and diverse ecological systems:
The main biomes in Africa. Drawn by hand using maps. (SOURCE)
African is a continent of ancient…………………….
Ahsanti Yam Ceremony [Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee (London, 1819), between pp. 274 and 275 (reprinted Frank Cass, 1966).] (SOURCE)
…………………and contemporary traditions:
Africa is a continent of varied social, political and economic views:
Map of the African Economic Community (SOURCE)
Africa is a continent of varied musical genres and dance:
Belly Dance. Dancer: Chryssanthi Sahar Scharf (July 29, 1960 – ), Heidelberg. [The first recorded Western encounter with belly dance is during Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798, when his troops encountered the gypsy dancers of the Ghawazee, and the more refined dancing of the Almeh.] (SOURCE)
Africa is a continent of ancient kingdoms……….
The Great Mosque, Djenne, Mali (SOURCE)
Abu Simbel in the heart of Nubia, the Temple of Rameses II. (SOURCE)
Great Zimbabwe. (SOURCE)
…………………..and urban cities:
Asmara, Eritrea’s capital city.
Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital city.
Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city.
Africa is a continent of varied regions.
African regions, as delineated by United Nations geographic classification scheme. [BLUE: Northern Africa; GREEN: Western Africa; FUSCHIA: Central/Equatorial Africa; YELLOW: Eastern Africa; RED: Southern Africa. (SOURCE)
Yes, Africa is home to some of the world’s most unique fauna………………..
Male lion on the savannah (SOURCE)
An Okapi. (SOURCE)
Morroccan Sahara. (SOURCE)
Baobab Tree. (SOURCE)
But, most of all, Africa is a land of people who have varied viewpoints, cultures, mindsets and livelihoods:
Ethiopian soldier around Nablus, April 2006. (SOURCE)
A Nigerian women at market. (SOURCE)
Berber man with bag of cement in Moroccan village, November 2006. (SOURCE)
Women at the Ndebele Cultural Village, Loopspruit, Gauteng, South Africa. Photograph taken by user 1999, Loopspruit. (SOURCE)
Africa is a continent.
Africa is not a country.
Starting tomorrow, I will start posting the flags of the 54 nations that reside on the African continent, with information on the country, showing on a map of Africa where the country is located (i.e.: Kenya would be located in East Africa, and Nigeria would be located in West Africa), and the little-known facts about each nation. The Western concept of Africa has so poisoned millions of people’s minds against Africa, and no where is this more prevalent than in the news sources which disparage Africa. Therefore, at the end of each of my posts on African nations, I will put at the bottom a link to what I consider the most reliable and reputable news source that features the voices of Africans themselves. That link is AllAfrica.Com. I also will post at the end of each entry this wonderful site: “Africa, the Good News“. This website posts information on the progress and developments that are being made in countries across Africa. In addition to information on each country, I will also post links and references to broaden everyone’s concept of this great land, this land of geographical beauty, this land of unique people, this land of Humankind.