Facts and misconceptions of Africa you/someone you know has

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 06 Nov 2017, 07:13

I am being careful how to write this as I don't want to cause offence. Unfortunately, some African countries (or their leaders/churches) are homophobic and I can't excuse or justify that. But the self-same countries also have vast numbers of brave gay activists whom I admire hugely. And of course, homophobia exists everywhere.
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Post by thisisfinal213 » 09 Nov 2017, 08:09

Most of the Asian people are having a mis concept that Africa is a poor country and their people are really poor but in real it is not...

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Post by ladycraic » 27 Nov 2017, 09:39

I remember when my family showed people our house in Nigeria. They were so shocked it was not a hut, and actually a two/three (I forgot) story house.

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Post by inaramid » 15 Dec 2017, 03:05

The word "Africa" already makes me think of wildlife and jungles and tribes. I do know that there are many modern cities in Africa but the way it's portrayed in TV shows and movies still perpetuate that "untamed world" image.

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Post by DennisK » 15 Dec 2017, 12:18

When ever I encounter the word, “Africa”, I think of all those starving people living in the eastern part of that continent. I also am confronted with the problem Africa has with AIDS. These are very negative impressions for which I don't think I should be blamed. Media is constantly portraying Africa as being the center of all these tragedies. I have to ask myself, why this situation is tolerated there.

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Post by Jax14 » 18 Dec 2017, 10:05

There was an extremely funny list sent to travel agents from people wanting to come to Africa, and the one that really made me laugh was when someone asked for a list of ATMs (cash points) in South Africa that they could use on their travels. It would be a looooooooong list indeed...
For a laugh you should google "A South African's guide to misguided tourists" in the Getaway magazine - there are loads of anecdotes of what has been asked to people from Africa!

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