Stereotyping Africa. Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions
Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: African Books Collective
There had been moments before when I had thought of a book on the image of Africa in the West with a certain hesitation, until the scene described below occurred. It made . . .
Part One. The Introduction: On Painting a Portrait
Part Two. Questions and Answers
Africa is a whole continent made up of dozens of nations, and millions of families, yet it is obvious that even in a single household, the children are not all of . . .
Africans, do not fear age as is the case in other cultures where people do all to look young. To Africans, aging is a natural process that must come, and when it . . .
In African cultures, a member’s status in society changes when, as a married person, he or she begins having children. In the same manner, the new father or . . .
Yes, Africa was most voraciously colonized, especially after the early travelers there came in contact with the beautiful weather conditions in most parts of the . . .
Very true! Within a typical traditional milieu, Africans use a lot of proverbs and other rich sayings to communicate, especially when arguing with peers, during important . . .
Before the ills of capitalism and the rat race, crime was incredibly unusual, and this is because of the intimate nature of most African societies. These societies were . . .
Because of the way Africans bond with their friends, and especially with members of their family, the demise of a friend, but more so that of a family . . .
No, contrary to what seems to be the consensus, Africans do not dislike African-Americans; this is unthinkable. I must observe here that earlier writers had . . .
My country of origin is Cameroon. Cameroon produces a lot, especially in terms of agriculture, but her industry is still very light and has a long way to go compared to Western . . .
Yes, there are good schools out there, from nursery to university level. In most African countries, Cameroon for example, pupils are expected to spend two . . .
In traditional Africa, the more people one has as friends and family, in a way, determines one’s value in society. For that reason, it is often said wealth is . . .
In every society, there are fat and thin people, and Africa certainly does not have the fattest people on earth. However, in pristine African societies, when it . . .
In terms of population, Africa is much less densely populated when compared to other continents. With one-tenth the land area of Africa, there are . . .
This is a particularly strange question, as I thought being loud is individualistic. But, if there is value to this claim, it possibly has to do with the nature of . . .
Yes there is AIDS in Africa, and it is ravishing the populations of most African countries. Peter Schwab’s hyperbole captures the devastating impact . . .
Like in every human society, there is crime in Africa, and it has only just gotten worse as certain scenarios shift from the typical traditional to the more urban and . . .
Africa can get hot in certain areas, but it is not always as “steamy” and “sweltering” as some would want people to think. I cannot understand why reporters and writers . . .
I was asked this question after I was urged to say something in “African,” and all I could do was smile as I tried explaining that there was no language called . . .
The foods of Africa are as varied as the ethnic groups and so one might talk of a favorite food to a particular ethnic group and of nothing as a favorite . . .
No, not all men in Africa are goatherds. My father was not a goatherd, nor was my grandfather. If there was ever an era when this was the main male . . .
One cannot talk of the president of Africa. Africa is a continent made up of fifty-four sovereign states, each with its own president. This analogy might be more . . .
In every African language, there is a word for the Supreme Being, which word in English is “God.” According to Toyin Falola on the religiosity of the Yoruba, one of the . . .
In spite of current foreign influences, Africa remains a continent tied to tradition, and by this I mean things handed down to them from the days of their . . .
Football along American lines is not played in Africa. A few missionaries from Great Britain tried introducing rugby in parts of the continent but it did . . .
Africa is certainly the heart of rhythms. The music variety from the continent of Africa dwarfs the number of languages spoken on the continent and these run into . . .
Yes, there are computers in Africa, and people own personal computers and laptops just like anywhere else. However, the economic and administrative institutions . . .
Cars are not as common in African countries as in the United Sates, since not everybody can easily afford a car. These are very expensive foreign imports as of . . .
Men and Women
Generally speaking, rites, such as circumcision which marks the transition from adolescence into adulthood, are very common African practices and are of . . .
Part Three. The Epilogue
Page Count: 214
Publication Year: 2009
OCLC Number: 646886028
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