The talking drum "gangan" and "bata".The roots of these drums can be traced to south-western nigerian, typical of the Yorubas.

The talking drum “gangan” and “bata”.The roots of these drums can be traced to south-western nigerian, typical of the Yorubas.

Growing up as as an African, i have discovered that there’s so much to live for, so much i owe my land! I can’t imagine myself  coming in a different colour other than black, in fact, if life were to be a human being, i’m quite sure its skin colour would be black  because ‘Life itself is not fair’. As an african, imagine how you had so much fun while growing up; the tales by moonlight (is that possible on a winter night when the temperature is below zero degrees? definitely not!) #JustSaying

Africa is not a place riddled with disease and pandemonium and crisis as it is widely believed, if you have not been here i’ll advise you book a ticket and hop on a plane. A reader posted this on my blog :

“Great photographs! I went to Africa for the first time a couple of months ago and I hope it wasn’t the last!”

On the flip side i read this on another blog and my heart ached momentarily:

“Wait, they have malls in Africa?“@cnnbrk: Gunmen in a Nairobi mall have released 5 hostages, Kenyan government says.”
Of course there are Shopping malls in Africa! You shouldn’t expect to see that on the headlines because it’s no news.

I stumbled upon this comment on another blog and it made me wonder what a life we live in…

“I used to get a lot of comments like that when I lived and worked in Italy. My newsagent saw a photo of an African driving an expensive car, and said to me: Are there lots of cars like that in Africa’? And I laughed and replied: ‘Well, there are for rich people!’, and then I got back: ‘There’re rich people in Africa?’. Well I couldn’t see the look on my face,but I suppose I looked a bit puzzled. So  then they said: ‘No, no, Signora, we’re not trying to be cute, but we just never see anything on the news about Africa but skinny children and wars!”

Tony Bello
Orlando, florida
December 15, 1:53 am
“I agree Africa has its challenges. However, don’t you guys have anything good to report about Africa? The world’s poor perception about Africa has eaten so deep that we all believe that nothing good will ever come out of Africa. We have put them down for so long  that they no longer believe I themselves”

Aseem Kumar Kothiala
Mumbai, India
November 5, 7:42 am
“Have travelled across Africa from South Africa through to Sudan. Amazing culture and people”

Although some believe that the continent is doomed to perpetual poverty and economic slavery but Africa is a continent endowed with immense natural and human resources as well as great cultural, ecological and economic diversity which are constantly
explored and consequently provides steady streams of income for the teeming populace. Africa is on a brink of an era unprecedented change! Nigeria, for example has the 9th largest oil reserve in the world, consequently, receives little or no aid from ‘developed’ countries.

Let’s examine the image below:

comparison

The image shows what is being reported by foreign media in comparison with the infrastructures we have in Africa

Just like Tony Bello said in the comment above, THEY NEVER REPORT ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT AFRICA, just the bad roads, diseases, corruption, poverty hunger etc.

Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Africa:

1. Africa is booming
Africa has been the second-fastest-growing region in the world over the past 10 years, with average annual growth of 5.1 per cent over the past decade, driven by greater political stability and economic reforms that have unleashed the private sector in many countries.

2. By 2035, Africa’s labour force will be bigger than that of any individual country in the world, which offers the continent a chance to reap a demographic dividend, using its young and growing workers to boost economic growth.

3. Africa can become the world’s bread basket

Africa has about 60 per cent of the world’s unused cropland, providing it with a golden opportunity to simultaneously develop its agricultural sector and reduce unemployment. On current trends, African agriculture is on course to create 8 million wage-paying  jobs between now and 2020.

We (Africans) should be seen as the kind of people we are not as the kind of people we want to be seen as. Our food, folktales, songs, dance, sense of fashion might not be in total sync with the rest of the world but remember, every race, people, culture has it’s unique identity. Our wilderness, rivers, hills and mountains, the wildlife, our herbs and roots, our environment are the things we cherish. Nothing can take these from us, not from our lives.

Adzido-Pan-African-Dance-Ensemble

someone said “The future for Africa looks bright – but there’s still a lot of work to be done” but the truth is; The whole world is still WORK IN PROGRESS and we can all overcome our challenges  in the face of the right kind of impetus.

GOD BLESS AFRICA!

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