Africa As a Whole
In light of celebrating 19 years of the Nigerian Democracy which was two weeks ago, I have figured I might as well use this opportunity to enlighten people about the African continent most especially the various cultural heritage in these African countries, Its history, and how these countries have evolved post-colonial era.
As a Nigerian schooling here in America I have seen and heard a lot of false information and misconception about the African continent. I have therefore taken it upon myself to be a source of information and guidance to help in clarifying some basic misconceptions being spread around on social media. The idea of writing about information on all countries in Africa was gotten from the CSUB African Student Association. This club is aimed at informing students about the beautiful cultures in Africa that people aren't aware of.
Each month, I would introduce a country in Africa and will be discussing the culture, people, education, history, fun fact, e.t.c. I would be explaining both the positive and negative aspect of the things going on in these countries and hopefully clarify the negativity portrayed by social media.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AFRICA
Africa is NOT a country guys. it's really funny though because I'm sure a lot of African or African Americans keep telling people that Africa is not a country but it's really quite that in this day and age with high media coverage and great access to internet, people are still ignorant as to think that Africa really is just a country. It indeed is a continent with 54 beautiful countries in it.
Africa is the second largest continent besides Asia which is the first. There are about 1200-2000 languages spoken; showing the diversity of languages, ethnic groups, and cultures in Africa. It's important that you should know that there are also some African languages that have gone extinct so the number of these languages have reduced over the past hundred years. Sometimes these languages are based on the ethnic groups found in each African country, but some African countries share some similar languages and ethnic groups. An example includes Hausa language which is widely spoken in the Northern part of Nigeria and Southern Niger. Yoruba is also another language that's been spoken in few Western Africa countries (Benin Republic, Nigeria, Sierra Leone), Brazil, and Cuba.
It's also important to know that just because a person is from a certain African country necessarily mean that they speak the language based on the name of the country. For example, just because I am Nigerian doesn't I speak Nigerian. it's almost the same as asking a person from Mexico if they speak Mexican; which really doesn't make any sense at all.
Africa was adequate before European countries decided to leave the comfort of their home and come to the shore of Africa to domite and colonize the countries in it. Britain, Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Netherland, Italy, Sweden, and a few others colonized most African countries.
Before the colonization was the Arabian and Atlantic slave which dispersed people all over the world, separated families. Several people from western, Northern and Eastern Africa were sold into slavery all over the world where they were forced into labor, were abused, discriminated all at the hands of the so-called "Slave Masters"
Slavery is not an African history. Slavery interrupted African history.
This colonization of the African continent involved the Europeans having so much power in Africa, decided what happens, occupy their lands, and terrorizing the continent. Post-colonial era, the Europeans stole from us African, our artifacts which hold so much value representing our culture which resides was taken from us. now some of these artifacts were returned to us but there still remain others which are currently sitting in the museum display cases all over the world so people can view. while others might see it as art or representation of the African culture. The fact that our artifacts have not been fully returned to us I see it as though the pain our ancestors went through was all in vain.
I do hope someday that those countries who have lotted items from these African countries they suppressed over a hundred years ago would find the decency to return all their stolen item that holds great meaning to the history
The question that develops in my head is how would one really steal a significant item from their country with supposed malnourishment, poverty, and underdevelopment, but still have their artifacts displayed in your land for some sort of showcase or in some cased disguised under the umbrella of educational or awareness purposes. These stolen items are not your artifacts nor a representation of your people so why hold on to it?
Have Africans really benefitted from being colonized by the Europeans?
The answer is No! Instead, these African countries strive each day to undo the political, economic, medical, and physical harm that the colonizers inflicted in this continent.
In spite the pain that we have suffered at the hand of the Europeans, I figured one way to heal would be informing others about what we have been through and how our people have been dispersed throughout the world.
I hope you will all learn a lot from my "Africa As a Whole" series to inform others around you.
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