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Foreign Affairs / Re: Africa Is Not A Country - TIME by anonymous6(f): 6:47pm On Jan 16
hahn:


Americans are generally ignorant of Africa. Majority of them don't even own a passport and have never been out of their shores to explore other beliefs and cultures

true
Culture / Re: Why Can't People Embrace Pan-africanism? Why So Much Hatred On This Forum?? by anonymous6(f): 6:27pm On Jan 16
axum:
This is a shocking picture. Let me explain.

Miss Somalia, who won Miss Africa is on the left. She is sitting next to a Nigerian who won Miss Muslim world. Clearly Nigeria won not out of Beauty.


well Agbani Darego who became the first black woman to win Miss world is Nigerian and not Arab looking like the Miss Somalia but Black African and she won out of beauty from Miss world which is a more well known beauty pageant internationally then Miss Africa. So whats your point
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agbani_Darego

https://www.google.com/search?q=agbani+darego&hl=en&gbv=2&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=lkm5VLH4JMu2oQSEqYHgAw&ved=0CAUQ_AU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVrJxIJQ6Rs

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Culture / Re: Why Can't People Embrace Pan-africanism? Why So Much Hatred On This Forum?? by anonymous6(f): 4:40pm On Jan 10
axum:

I google Somali. And then Found these thirsty bantus talking about our women, DNA, disgusting really.
Anyway You are a Kenyan, you must know the hatred we have for your kind. northern Kenya is Somali. If you all ceased to exist tomorrow I would throw a big party.

Get out of nairaland, you keep changing your name ayanle/ajuran/etc but everybody knows you as the Somali troll. This is a Nigerian forum, Nigerians don't give a damn about most of your Horn of Africa worship threads. Seek help and take your medication, your obsession has become a nuisance.

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Health / Re: Nigeria's Fake Doctors - Aljazeera by anonymous6(f): 4:58am On Dec 01, 2014
anssy:
incase

ok
Foreign Affairs / Re: Mugabe’s Wife Plans To Take Over Power by anonymous6(f): 6:24am On Nov 28, 2014
No surprise there
Health / Nigeria's Fake Doctors - Aljazeera by anonymous6(f): 6:23am On Nov 28, 2014
Take a drive though any city or large town in Nigeria and the chances are you will come across numerous privately owned health clinics, doctor's surgeries and hospitals.

They are so widespread because Nigeria's state-run health system – ranked at 197th out of 200 by the World Health Organisation – is chronically underfunded and so overstretched that it simply cannot meet all the demands made on it. Private medicine fills the gap and in the best cases, at least for those who can afford it, it can provide a valuable alternative service.

But while there are many legitimate private health providers, there are many more that are completely bogus; unaccredited, unregulated 'quack' doctors - con artists and criminal scammers for the most part - who ruthlessly exploit the credulity, ignorance and desperation of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. Indeed they are so prolific that a survey carried out in Nigeria earlier this year found that more than 50 percent of the population had received 'treatment' from the quacks at one time or another – even people with very serious diseases such as typhoid and malaria.

Professor Alex Dodoo, who monitors patient safety for the World Health Organisation in West Africa and has dealt with quacks for years points out the obvious dangers of dealing with fake doctors:

"If one is not licensed by the state, anything that one does is illegal. Going to see them is dangerous. Period. Would you sit in an aeroplane where the pilot says 'OK hello, I'm the pilot, but I've not been licensed!' No way! You put your health at risk and you can die."

But it is something that has long bothered Rosemary Nwaebuni, a reporter who lives and works in Nigeria's Delta State. She has encountered many people who have suffered at the hands of fake doctors, particularly women who have been the victim of botched abortions, and she is frustrated that the authorities have not done more to stamp them out.

For this this episode of Africa Investigates, she joined up with Anas Aremeryaw Anas, an award-winning journalist from Ghana, to track down the quacks and gather evidence of their scams.

The duo's eye-opening investigation quickly unearthed a host of 'doctors' and 'nurses' using forged and fake qualifications and with little or no medical training.

The premises these fake medics operate from are invariably unsanitary and the manifestly phoney 'treatments' they offer patients risk ending in blindness, poisoning, perforated wombs and even life-threatening disfigurement and death from surgical procedures carried out by people lacking even a modicum of skill or experience. Others fall victim to the quacks' complete inability to diagnose even the most obvious diseases and conditions; mistakes that are more likely to kill or injure their patients than they ever are to heal them.

Going undercover in the guise of a patient, Rosemary was offered treatment for typhoid and malaria (even though she is perfectly healthy) and an illegal abortion (even though she is not pregnant) by quacks who had no medical qualifications whatsoever but who pretended to be experienced and licensed practitioners.

In one remarkable sting, the Africa Investigates team rented a house and invited local quacks to come and do 'home visits'. The 'patient' was again Rosemary, who – with the help of a qualified medic – had learned some symptoms that any genuine doctor would immediately recognise as indications of heart disease. Instead, one after another, the 'quacks' turned up and after cursory examinations wrongly claimed that Rosemary was suffering from typhoid and malaria (two commonly cited conditions) for which she need expensive drugs that only they could prescribe.

What the fake doctors did not know was that the house was rigged with secret closed circuit cameras and that their every move was being scrutinised by a genuine medical practitioner. The doctor was local to the area and asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, but he was unequivocal in his condemnation of the fakes.

"This is absolute quackery," he said of one of the fakes. "All he did was just glance at the patient and then made a diagnosis and prescribed medications … To take all barrage of medications for this patient with malaria and typhoid. This is wrong, this is all wrong. These drugs are poison. They cause real damage."

The team took this this and other evidence to Dr Alfred Ebiakofa, a senior medical officer working for the Nigerian Ministry of Health. He had always lacked the resources and proof to go after fake doctors but now was able to act. He called in the police to work with Anas who, as the investigation heads to a climax, devised a dramatic scheme to trap one of Nigeria's most notorious quacks in the act.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/africainvestigates/2014/11/nigeria-fake-doctors-20141126132723604457.html
Foreign Affairs / Re: Protest Against Togo's President Gnassingbe. Happening Now. by anonymous6(f): 10:29pm On Nov 25, 2014
I support them 100%, they need to protest and chase these foolish african leaders that stay in power for decades out because that is one of the reasons most african countries have never moved forward because of this backwards behaviour

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Foreign Affairs / Re: Kim Kardashian Wants To Run For Mayor, Would You Vote For Her? by anonymous6(f): 1:14am On Nov 23, 2014
send to celebrity section please
Foreign Affairs / Re: Shopping Malls Spring Up Across Africa As Middle Class Grows - Washignton Post by anonymous6(f): 10:09pm On Nov 19, 2014
igbo2011:
We need to talk about production instead of consumption Most products in these malls are made abroad.

well thats just another thing africans need to tackle to
Foreign Affairs / Re: This White / Arab Man Loves Making Sex Slaves by anonymous6(f): 9:49pm On Nov 19, 2014
Foreign Affairs / Re: The Decline And Fall Of The French Language? by anonymous6(f): 8:28pm On Nov 19, 2014
igbo2011:


Why do African people embrace cultures who have histrionically and continue to destroy African people? We have stockholm syndrome.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YT6cotv0YU

http://www.siliconafrica.com/france-colonial-tax/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZKHZVVRITY

another question and debate entirely but the French really made sure they had a strong hold on francophone countries after colonization.
Foreign Affairs / Re: The Decline And Fall Of The French Language? by anonymous6(f): 7:05pm On Nov 16, 2014
donroxy:
And me I'm just about to pay money to learn french @ Alliance d' francaise ... Na wa ooo ..... No wahala sha ... I will still go ahead !!

French is one of the most beautiful languages in ther world but it is not economically necessary anymore for many in the world, so I think thats one big reason why the French language is facing a decline.
Foreign Affairs / The Decline And Fall Of The French Language? by anonymous6(f): 3:18am On Nov 15, 2014
It's been indisputable for some time that English is becoming the ‘universal language’. As the number of living languages has steadily decreased, the use of English has expanded on every continent. And though English has not — despite predictions — crushed all other languages (German, Russian, and Spanish, to cite the prime examples, all remain strong), one language does seem to be undergoing the predicted cataclysmic collapse. English may not yet have won the globe, but French has definitely lost it.

The reasons for the decline of French are many, including geography. Francophone regions are spread out: think of France, Vietnam, Quebec, and Guadeloupe, to start. Many of these regions are without direct connections to other French-speaking countries. The result is that many of the people choose to abandon French for more useful languages within the region. In contrast, German, Russian and Spanish speakers are based in numerous adjacent countries, each supporting the others.

French has been most visibly hurt in the last few decades in Africa. In North Africa, French has had to compete with Arabic, a language which Arabs are now clinging to as proudly as the French have traditionally clung to French. South of the Sahara, countries which formerly had large French-speaking populations are making the switch to English due to its relevance in Southern Africa, as well as internationally.

In Algeria, after the Algerian War, French was mostly expunged. Its decline has continued, including the recent closure of French schools, as Arabic and English become the standard.

More dramatically, in Zaire, in 1997, fueled by anti-French sentiment, the French language was replaced with native languages. And in nearby Rwanda the president has pushed for the abandonment of French in favor of English. It is questionable whether any Africans will be speaking French in a few decades.

English, meanwhile, is becoming the most important Western language in Africa, replacing both French and Portuguese. An English derivative is the majority language of Sierra Leone, and remains an important language in South Africa, of course, as well as Nigeria, and various other smaller countries.

Former French-speaking colonies beyond Africa have been hostile to the French language. French has been collapsing even faster in Asia than it is in Africa, due to the isolation of French-speaking populations. In Vietnam, students have protested having to learn French, stressing the need to learn English instead. And in the Middle East, the Lebanese have been shucking off French in favor of English.

French has also seen a drastic decline in North America. In the U.S., between 1990 and 1995, college applicants for French class declined by twenty-four percent. In Canada, the number of French students enrolling in English classes is rising rapidly, while the overall percentage of French speakers across Canada is falling.

Across Europe, French has gradually declined from being the lingua franca to falling behind German and English. English is spoken by 41% of Europeans, while only 19% speak French. English is now the language of business in Europe, a fact which even French ambassador for international investment Clara Gaymard was forced to admit. And French has fallen so far behind in Eastern Europe, in particular, that it is the third-most studied language, behind English and Spanish.

While once the language of culture, French has been pushed off the global stage. Perhaps the most symbolic example of this was in 2008 when Sebastian Tiller, the French representative at the Eurovision contest, planned to sing 'Divine' almost exclusively in English. That the French singer did not choose to represent the jealously guarded language of his country internationally came as a shock to many. This cultural decline was mirrored when New York's Metropolitan Opera decided to reject the libretto of the musical star Rufus Wainwright (who was raised in Canada), because he chose not to translate his opera into English.

The calamitous decline in French seems irreversible, even to the French. In 2008, the budget of La Francophonie, the governing body of the French language, was six million euros; in contrast, the British Council announced it would spend 150 million euros in efforts to advance English.

In any Darwinian model, a characteristic can become prominent, or it can be driven out of existence. Use of the French language has been globally dispersed, and French culture is without historical significance in many of its colonies. These are not the characteristics that increase a language's chances of survival.

http://www.newgeography.com/content/002387-the-decline-and-fall-french-language
Foreign Affairs / Re: 'Epidemic of Ignorance': Tourist Avoid Africa, All Of It - USA Today by anonymous6(f): 3:07am On Nov 15, 2014
UyiIredia:
Reminds me of some time in 2003 when my Dutch co using came. She affirmed that the impression in the Netherlands was that we still live in trees here.

lol, nothing surprises me anymore of the western worlds view of Africa
Foreign Affairs / Re: 'Epidemic of Ignorance': Tourist Avoid Africa, All Of It - USA Today by anonymous6(f): 12:17am On Nov 14, 2014
ThaProphet:


I read about how an American who had visited somewhere in East Africa (Kenya, I think), was not allowed to go back to work until after 21 days. Those folks need a geography lesson.

Ultimately, the ignorance exhibited by these people is a function of the North/South divide and the inequality that shapes it. It is also evident in the education system that shaped their society. It's not even a matter of "dumb" Americans. Even intelligent Americans exhibit such alarming levels of ignorance.

Like you said it is ignorance and a "I don't care attitude" from Americans of what is going on outside America, which includes the American media. A few years ago theres was a documentary news report on the knowledge of Americans of their country and what goes on outside America, they found out many Americans didn't know the pledge of allegiance, some mixed up what Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln did in history, some had a hard time knowing whether Mexico was in North America or South America, and other ludarcris and embarrassing things. So if they don't even know simple things of their country or care to they won't even try with Africa. It is only in the past few years a small minority of Americans are slowly knowing some countries in Africa and it's because of some big events that have happened internationally that they just happen to find out

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Foreign Affairs / Re: One Million Children Are Growing Up Without A Male Role Model In England by anonymous6(f): 12:00am On Nov 14, 2014
UyiIredia:


Do you think secularism and its attendant moral values are the cause or failed economic policies ?

a combination of both
Foreign Affairs / Re: One Million Children Are Growing Up Without A Male Role Model In England by anonymous6(f): 6:45pm On Nov 12, 2014
UyiIredia:


True to some extent. It is eroding.

Yeah and I don't see it ever changing
Foreign Affairs / Re: 'Epidemic of Ignorance': Tourist Avoid Africa, All Of It - USA Today by anonymous6(f): 6:43pm On Nov 12, 2014
ThaProphet:
Places like Gambia and Senegal in W. Africa also attract a substantial amount of tourism. Gambia definitely is feeling the pain.

The way Ebola is being reported in the US is ridiculous indeed. Ignorance + Hysteria is a bad combination.

yup many americans think the whole continent has Ebola when it's just 3 countries affected right now. It shows that many Americans don't know the difference from one african country to another, Once they hear Africa that's it.
Foreign Affairs / Re: The Most Powerful Woman In African Politics And In The World Helen Zille. by anonymous6(f): 6:40pm On Nov 12, 2014
The most powerful woman in african politics, lol, I guess to you
Culture / Re: The Rise Of African Films by anonymous6(f): 5:16am On Nov 11, 2014
vdGeist:


Nollywood deserves the title of Hollywood of Africa.

I think Nollywood has made a mark in Africa and beat Hollywood in the continent but I don't think I will give them that title either at least not right now. African film industries still need to progress and advance more but Hollywood shouldn't be used as the epitome but who to stand side by side with in the future.

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Culture / Re: The Rise Of African Films by anonymous6(f): 5:07am On Nov 11, 2014
vdGeist:


And Tanzania, DRC.

Well Tanzania has beautiful geography and is used alot as a image for Africa cultural landscape and DRC is the birth place of soukoss so yes I give them credit
Foreign Affairs / Re: 'Epidemic of Ignorance': Tourist Avoid Africa, All Of It - USA Today by anonymous6(f): 5:02am On Nov 11, 2014
vdGeist:


East Africa.

well thats true, the safari industry is big in east africa, or south east like Kenya for example
Foreign Affairs / Re: White Guy Gets A Knock-Out Kick For Calling A Black Guy "Kaffir" *** Video*** by anonymous6(f): 4:52am On Nov 11, 2014
The white dude put that upon himself and I don't feel sorry for him

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Culture / Re: The Rise Of African Films by anonymous6(f): 1:05am On Nov 10, 2014
Chiwude:
When did South-Africa become the Hollywood of Africa?

don't know when, and never knew it was, I don't consider them the Hollywood of Africa though
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/Africa-Monitor/2014/0116/Africa-s-first-big-Hollywood-year-Are-multiple-Oscars-in-the-offing
Culture / Re: The Rise Of African Films by anonymous6(f): 12:48am On Nov 10, 2014
CAMNEWTON4PRES:


Who do u think is the most ?


I think it depends but I'm leaning towards Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal
Foreign Affairs / Re: 'Epidemic of Ignorance': Tourist Avoid Africa, All Of It - USA Today by anonymous6(f): 12:46am On Nov 10, 2014
CAMNEWTON4PRES:
Good , less pedophilia on our soil

Tourism is overrated anyway, African govt invest in manufacturing factories , let's extract our minerals ourselves etc etc , let's make our own vaccines .

I don't like pigs on our beaches and in our cities anyway so again good news . Our children are safe

I think it is southern Africa, that are suffering from tourism cause the depend on the Safari industry. The rest of Africa never really depended on tourism so it is no loss for the rest of Africa
Foreign Affairs / Re: Africa Is Not A Country - TIME by anonymous6(f): 12:43am On Nov 10, 2014
LOL, this article is funny cause it shows many Americans believe Africa is a continent, for Time magazine to make a article about this issue
Culture / Re: The Rise Of African Films by anonymous6(f): 7:48pm On Nov 09, 2014
CAMNEWTON4PRES:


How do you know that ?

My umderstanding is that they meant Nigerians living in the uk and us, not sure I understand what the problem here is ?

I think The article should have clarified when they said the UK & US funded cause when most people read it they will think it means westerners, non-Africans funded Nollywood which isn't the truth but you are right if they meant that Nigerians living in the UK and the US then it is ok. To be honest I didn't think to much into that part of the article.
Foreign Affairs / Africa Is Not A Country - TIME by anonymous6(f): 7:41pm On Nov 09, 2014
And four other shocking facts Americans should know about the continent

Not to pick on Sarah Palin, but it’s troubling for all Americans when there are rumors that a former Vice Presidential candidate thinks Africa is a country, not a continent. Africa is a blurry image in the mind of many Americans–warring, impoverished, unfixable. But then there are the stories of Africa the West doesn’t hear about: urban farmers feeding their families on unclaimed plots of land, a nonprofit building mapping apps to combat election fraud and violence, the booming Nigerian “Nollywood” producing blockbuster movies. In advance of the Zócalo event “Can Homegrown Innovation Change Africa?”, we asked observers of Africa to tell us what they think Americans would be most surprised to know about the continent today.
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1. Moria in Lord of the Rings isn’t just a fantastical place

My undergraduate students are always shocked to find out that the indie rock musician Dave Matthews was born and raised in South Africa. They have no idea that the ESPN reporter, Sal Masekela, is the son of famed South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. While these students are media-savvy, tech-savvy and by no means isolated, they, like much of America, are surprised to learn about the African roots of many American cultural phenomena.

Let’s take the case of J.R.R. Tolkien, born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Some of the famous symbolism in The Lord of the Rings book and movie trilogy come straight out of South African history. Fans of the dwarves will know, for example, that the sun shone down through Moria onto Balin’s tomb – like the sun streams through the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa, every Dec. 16 – onto a slab dedicated to the remembrance of the “day of the vow” when Afrikaners slaughtered Zulu fighters in 1838 at the Battle of Blood River. It’s a centerpiece of Afrikaner history.

In The Return of the King, signal beacons, calling for aid, are lit along the mountain tops between Rohan and Gondor – as “freedom fires” were also lit along the hilltops of the Orange Free State by Afrikaner adherents of the Ossewa Brandwag, a fascist organization in the 1940s.

Teresa Barnes is an associate professor of History and Gender/Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

2. A Particularly African Christianity, Coming to a City Near You

The past three decades have been marked by a remarkable surge in the popularity of Pentecostal Christianity across many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. This surge is part of a larger trend in which the majority of the world’s Christians now live in the global south. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports that, compared to the 9 million Christians in Africa in 1910, there were 516 million Christians by 2010, a 60-fold increase!

Today, there are more Anglicans in Nigeria than there are in England, and the United States is the only country with more Protestants than Nigeria. Historically, much of the evangelizing that took place in 19th and 20th century sub-Saharan Africa was conducted by countless, unknown Africans, rather than their more famous European counterparts. And many Africans who encountered missionary Christianity sought to make it theirs by replacing European liturgy, language, and practice with African alternatives. Which brings us back to the ongoing Pentecostal wave in sub-Saharan Africa.

Africans’ interest in Pentecostalism was fueled by literature emanating from North America in the 1970s and 80s. But, as one example of how they re-shaped Pentecostal theology to be more responsive to local practitioners’ material conditions, they presented a God who is deeply invested in believers’ fiscal and physical well-being in the present, not just the fate of their souls in the after-life. Amidst the swirling political and economic crises of the postcolonial state, this was an immensely attractive proposition.

Conceiving themselves as part of a global religious community, they began to export their brand of Christianity around the globe. As a result, we find that the largest single congregation in Europe, the 25,000-member Embassy of God, is a Pentecostal church founded by a Nigerian man. Today the largest African Pentecostal organizations are sending so-called “reverse-missionaries” to North America and Europe. One of those groups, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, founded in Nigeria, has 15,000 parishes around the globe including at least one in every major North American city. (Google your city and RCCG). This shift inevitably demands a change in how we, in both secular and religious America, understand our relationship to African Christians and Christianity as a whole.

Adedamola Osinulu is an assistant professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan and a postdoctoral scholar with the Michigan Society of Fellows. He holds a doctorate in Culture and Performance from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures.

3. Claiming an African Version of the American Dream

When the British were booted out of Nigeria in 1960, they left behind a fat inheritance of social and psychological trauma. In the years that followed, my mother’s generation – the ambitious, the frustrated, the desperate – left Nigeria by the millions to work and to go to school in the West, believing that their own country and continent had nothing to offer, that the future in Africa was born dead, that the West had a patent on progress.

What’s so exciting about Africa’s homegrown innovation (and, honestly, what’s the alternative to cultivating homegrown African innovation — outside innovation? Five hundred years of data tell us that hasn’t really worked out well.) is that it reveals a generation of young Africans who don’t see the West as a unique symbol of authority, power, and progress. This means something. If we limit the conversation about Africa’s development to governments and NGOs, we miss a bigger point: that a new generation of Africans is shrugging off the psychological humiliation of colonialism and leading the charge to positively change their own communities.

There’s a real connection between national psyche and national progress. Our national fairytale — the American Dream, the belief that anyone can be and do anything — fuels our drive to innovate. This country is home to millions of people who believe they can do something no one else has done, or that they can do the things others have done but do them better; this phenomena requires a confidence that is irrational, artificial, and national. The idea of the American Dream supplies that confidence.

What Americans need to understand is that colonialism systematically stole that kind of confidence from multiple generations of Africans. Today’s innovators show us that young Africans from all over the continent are reclaiming it.

Lanre Akinsiku is a Nigerian-American traveler and writer. He is currently pursuing a master’s in fine arts in fiction at Cornell University.

4. There is no time warp

Americans often think Africans are always trying to catch up to the West. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When I went to do dissertation research in Luanda, Angola, in 1999 I bought my first cell phone there. Cell phones existed in the U.S., but I barely knew anyone that had one. In Luanda, cell phones were already commonly available and used among a broad sector of Angolan society.

Similar dynamics exist in music and fashion. Men and women living in Luanda and other cities in Angola in the 1930s and 1940s listened to music from Latin America – plenas, rumbas, merengues – what they referred to as “GVs” (because they came on record albums with each musical number printed and preceded by the letters GV from the British company HMV). People all over the world – in the neighboring Belgian Congo, in Senegal, in England, and in the US (including my grandfather in the little town of Dundee, Ill.) — listened and danced to this music in those same decades.

In the 1970s, when low-waisted bell bottoms hit the runways, and then the streets of the U.S. and Europe, they caught on elsewhere. Luandan musicians, keen to outdress their frumpy colonial rulers, commissioned their tailors to copy these styles. Record albums from the period attest their sartorial panache but the sounds on them deny any simple reading of this as mimicry of the West. Instead, they folded these styles into their own way of doing and being.

So it doesn’t surprise me to find videos of Pharell Williams’s “Happy” uploaded from Benin and Madagascar. And I am always shocked, though delighted, when I hear Angolan kuduro on my university’s radio station, because what young Angolans produce now, young Americans ought to listen to too.

http://time.com/12990/africa-is-not-a-country/

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Foreign Affairs / 'Epidemic of Ignorance': Tourist Avoid Africa, All Of It - USA Today by anonymous6(f): 1:28am On Nov 09, 2014
Travelers fearful of Ebola are avoiding Africa or canceling long-planned safaris, creating dire consequences for the economy in Africa, tourism and government officials said.

More than 13,000 people have become infected with Ebola, and approximately 5,000 have died, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. But the outbreaks are thousands of miles from prime safari spots, tour operators say.

The Ebola panic shows most Americans don't know Algeria from Zimbabwe when it comes to African geography, safari operators say. They point out that those stricken West African countries are closer to Madrid, Paris and London than they are to safari hot spots, such as Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Tanzania in the continent's south and eastern areas.

South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool said jobs affected by canceled vacations reach far beyond the safari workers. Every tourist who visits South Africa generates income for eight jobs in industries such as transportation, hospitality, restaurants and agriculture, he said.

There are no Ebola cases reported in South Africa and the country is 3,300 miles from the nearest outbreak in West Africa.

"Ironically it's not the epidemic of Ebola that is the problem," Rasool says. "It is the epidemic of ignorance that is the problem. Anyone who would even look at a map would know the tourism industry in most of Africa is suffering from an outbreak of ignorance."

Before Ebola, African tourism had soared to an all-time high, said Wouter Vergeer, owner of SafariBookings.com, an online marketplace with hundreds of safari operators. On Aug. 8, the World Health Organization declared Ebola an international public health emergency. Vergeer heard the first reports of trouble from safari companies in mid-August.

"It has taken a huge hit on our industry, and it's getting worse and worse," he said.

SafariBookings.com surveyed 500 safari tour operators in September and found more than half had experienced drops in bookings ranging from 20% to 70% since the Ebola outbreak.

Among the people who considered canceling a long-planned safari vacation to South Africa was Raquel Dambrosi, 29, of Staten Island, N.Y., who fretted on Twitter about her Ebola anxieties. Friends and family worried she would catch Ebola on the airline flight.

Ultimately, Dambrosi decided to go. She leaves Nov. 4.

"I am doing my research and staying up-to-date on the news," she said. "I check online and on CNN every day."

Jake McCormick​, who runs the Shadows of Africa safari company, can't remember an October where his phone wasn't ringing off the hook with customers hoping to schedule holiday safari getaways. This year his phone is silent.

"My worst fears came true," McCormick said. Bookings and inquiries are down more than 70% from last year.

Shadows of Africa books most of its safaris in Tanzania on Africa's east coast and 3,000 miles from the center of the outbreak in West Africa – about the same distance as Alaska is from Texas.

Ashish Sanghrajka, president of Big Five Tours & Expeditions, worries that workers left unemployed from the tourism downturn will turn to poaching elephants and rhinos to make ends meet. The Wildlife Conservation Society estimates 96 elephants a day are killed by poachers, who sell their ivory tusks for $1,000 per pound.

"If we are not careful, we are talking about accelerating the extinction of elephants and rhinos," Sanghrajka said.

Revenue from tourism accounts for nearly 10% of the economy in many of the countries where safaris are popular, he said.

"The entire safari industry has come to a grinding halt," he said.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/31/safari-ebola-africa-geography/17784729/
Culture / Re: The Rise Of African Films by anonymous6(f): 1:20am On Nov 09, 2014
Chiwude:
The above is biased and filled with trash. Nollywood is purely a Nigerian concept. It's funding, production and distribution is purely a Nigerian Affair. It has nothing to do with the help of a 'superior' west. Nollywood showed the world the true Africa, and not some westernized films coming out from South-Africa. Without Nollywood there is no African film industry. Nollywood is Africa.

Yea I know Nollywood was never funded from the UK and US, many didn't even know of Nollywoods existence until these recent few years, So I don't agree with that part of the article.
Foreign Affairs / Re: Shopping Malls Spring Up Across Africa As Middle Class Grows - Washignton Post by anonymous6(f): 8:23pm On Nov 07, 2014
birdman:


You dont know that for sure. He may very well be sending his earnings home to keep his family afloat, which means an equally valid viewpoint. Some people definitely can afford it, but he is right...this is not the reality on the ground for most folk. If you think having shiny malls and people willing to spend equals some kind of progress, I urge you to reconsider. I think people are taking his viewpoint personal, when there is no need to.

Most africans are sending their earnings home that is nothing new, and I am not taking it personal but Africans need to be constructive, lets congratulate african progress when needed stop trumpeting negativity all the time as a passtime. There is different progress in Africa from government, entertainment, business and etc and a mall with african businesses in it is progress in a continent where nobody knew malls existed in the first place and now people realizing its possible that will push others to build better hospitals, schools and etc(which is happening) so thats a sign of progress to me. Like I said Nigeria and other African have their problems in all sectors in society and I am not trying to downplay it but at the sametime when we see something positive lets be happy for the people doing it at least.

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