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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Everyone Walks Around Naked and Other Myths About Africa

Lies About Africa

Lies People Believe About Africa


Below are many lies, lies and more lies about Africa and African people that are debunked but are still believed to be true.

Lies about Africa and African people that are debunked


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Africa is Dangerous

Africa is a continent with revolutions, child soldiers, and stolen children making the news almost every day, it is no wonder the myth about Africa being a dangerous place is a common. "If it bleeds it leads" of course, as we all know bad news sells papers, therefore you do not get to hear about the good things that happen in Africa unless you seek the positive stories out on your own. 

Given the size of the continent, it is not hard to see that there are many perfectly peaceful and safe places in Africa as well as places to avoid, just like any area across the world. There are people in every African country going to work every day, worshiping at church services, laughing with friends and family and watching their kids play soccer on the weekends.

Africa is Full of Diseases

Diseases takes millions of lives every year in Africa because the lack of access to childhood immunization programs and basic health care, not because the continent is infested with illnesses such as Ebola. 

Successful immunization programs have made huge strides in reducing polio and measles on the African continent, AIDS is prevalent all over the world not just in Africa.


All African Politicians are Corrupt

Corrupt politicians are not certainly unique to Africa. Legacies of nepotism politics and corruption have proven difficult to overcome all over the world. Corruption is a global phenomenon and instead of exposing corruption, stakeholders empower corrupt politicians and officials in order to make money off the backs of the poor. 

Africa as well as the world must get it right and support equality. Mo Ibrahim is a successful Sudanese cell phone entrepreneur who is responsible for supplying cell phones to Africa. He sold his company in 2005 with a profit of $640 million. Since 2006, Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim $100 million foundation funds an annual prize for the most honest African leader. 

According to the foundation, the winner gets $5 million spread over 10 years, then $200,000 per year after that for life, plus another $200,000 per year to direct to any cause he or she wants.
Past winners of the Ibrahim Prize: 
  • Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 2007
  • Festus Mogae of Botswana in 2008

  • In 2009, 2010 and 2013 there was no winner

  • Pedro Verona Pires of Cape Verde in 2011

  • In 2012 the foundation awarded Archbishop Desmond Tutu a one-off $1 million special prize for his lifelong commitment towards "speaking truth to power."

Photo- by Kris Krug

Africa is Backwards, Everyone Walks Around Naked

The idea that technical innovation is lacking in Africa is laughable to anyone who has spent a little time there. Cell phones are in fact being used in hugely innovative ways throughout Africa. 

Kenya has established a highly effective mobile banking system, opening up rural areas to credit in ways that has revolutionized small businesses. Africa's fashion today represents a blend of modern design and traditional African patterns with of vibrant colors. 

Artists such as Kenyan-born Fiber Artist Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Keto Couture- Mrs. Kenny Okorie, Ghanaian Fashion Label Kaela-Kay. There are of course smart beautiful hot African fashion magazines like Zen Magazine, ARISE, New African Woman, FabAfriq and AfriPOP!.

There Are Wild Animals Roaming All Over Africa

Africa's wildlife is basically confined to national parks and reserves, including Nairobi's rhinos. Keeping what remains of Africa's wildlife safely in reserves and national parks also helps protect farmers from wildlife destroying crops and eating their cattle. 

That's not to say you'll feel like you are driving around a large zoo when on safari, national parks and protected areas are often larger than many European countries.



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