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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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Post by Zain A Blade » 13 Apr 2018, 10:56

I know many people who think Africa is wilderness filled with exotic wild animals. In reality, Africa is made up of cities and very few countries in Africa actually have wildlife. But the problem is, most westerners think Africa is one country.

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