Slavery and colonisation are the start of Africa’s history
Someone once told me, “Your history lessons were probably very depressing when you were in school”. Well yeah sometimes but not always. Of course, slavery is a big part of Africa’s history. The arrival of colonial explorers to sub-Saharan Africa in the 15th Century also opened Africa to the rest of the world (in a bad way), but Africa is so much more than that! Can we talk about Egypt’s ancient pyramids? The Mali Empire? King Muhammad I Askia? Namibia’s millennia-old rock? Swahili sultans? The world oldest library in Morocco? No? Ok.
Dangerous Animals Roam Africa’s Streets
The first time I personally saw a tiger and a giraffe was in a zoo in France. I don’t know who made people believe that there are tigers in Africa but wild tigers don’t live there. They are mainly found in Asia. I am proud of Africa’s biodiversity when it comes to animals, don’t get me wrong, but wild animals are not just walking in the streets chilling with humans. They are found in the forests or at the zoo…just like in any other continent.
Africa is a country
I know people are not that ignorant in 2017. The majority knows that Africa is a continent hosting many different countries but still they refer to Africa as one single country. I hear some of my lecturers casually saying things like, “As you can see in Australia, China, France, Argentina and AFRICA…” Then other people ask me questions such as, “How is Africa? How hot is Africa? Can you speak African?” I mean, can you speak European?
There are so much more. What misconceptions do people have about Africa where you live? Share in the comment section and I may do a part 2 for this post.
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