Africa Part II

We all know that there are two or maybe three sides to every story, depending on the subject anyway: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Naturally, we try to show the best side while concealing the unflattering side and wishing it to miraculously disappear hardly with any luck.

Unfortunately for Africa, the rest of the world has decided to shine a light on the bad side: corrupt governments, famine, disease, high levels of unemployment, inflation, poorly built infrastructure, high levels of illiteracy etc., (and rightfully so) but what about the other face of Africa? Why does the world refuse to acknowledge that other side at all?

The raw beauty of a continent, the genuinely happy and kind people, the happy children, the smiles and laughter, the magnificent sunrises and sunsets, the vastness filled with all kinds of sounds from birds to crickets to the gentle whispers of the wind. And what about the night sky filled with millions of stars that sparkle like diamonds? Doesn’t love and tremendous respect the young have for their old count? What about the music so beautiful, so cosmic it leaves you wanting? Africans also have a mutual relationship with nature, where life revolves around earth and all it provides, while they treat it with much respect.

It is heartbreaking that this beautiful continent was ever referred to as “the dark continent,” or “backward,” or “uncivilized” just because the people, their traditions, and their cultures were different from what was perceived as the norm. Even sadder is the fact that there are some people today who still think and believe that this is true of Africa.

Now let’s shift focus on the developed world for a minute and see how it compares. Take the United States for example; arguably the richest country in the world, a super power, “a civilized people,” good infrastructure with high standards of living, a country where dreams come true etc. (this is true to an extent.) Now let’s look at the side that most people have probably never heard of: a country still crippled by acute racism, high levels of stress, obesity, debt, high mortgage prices, homelessness, gun violence, a lack of universal health care, police brutality, a country draining in its own insecurities just like the rest of the world, and so many other complications.

Why the bias when telling the two stories? A fact we almost forget is that the continent of Africa is still finding its feet after shaking off the shackles of colonialism that left an entire continent divided, poor, and confused. This is no excuse for Africa to pull itself up, but to compare a recently independent continent (63 years in case of Ghana the first country in the continent to get independence from Britain) to the more established west is to be unfair, and even unreasonable to a point.

Kaabong, Karamoja

Published by Msdedeng

At 41, I am still figuring out life: my place in society, my career path, a family of my own, any many others things. Heck, I am still trying to make friends in California; a place I moved to 3 years ago. I am currently in a Community College to make up for the many years I missed school while in Africa (Uganda). I intend to transfer to university next year and double major in History and English. I lead a very ordinary life; a normal day is spent doing school assignments, hiking, or reading. My favorite thing to do is walk! Short walks or long walks it does not matter. Walking allows me to think about things - anything! My love of walking comes from where I grew up, a small village in northeastern Uganda. It is still one of the most remotest areas I will ever know, and couldn't even start comparing what life is like there to say a place like California. Walking was all I did while growing up! I walked for miles to school, to church, to the shops, to the borehole to fetch water, and to the market. It was quite an adventure unlike any other - so you now understand my love for walking.

21 thoughts on “Africa Part II

  1. Preach sister..! This is beautifully written. I love it❤️ here’s my piece

    When people from other countries outside of Africa are shown pictures about our continent, all they see is tons of flies gathering on a hungry boney child suffering from kwashiorkor. And that’s it.
    Sadly when you go out of the continent when people find out you are from Africa all they think is that you must be bitterly hungry and sick from aids or something. Africa is a continent that is beautiful and diverse. We have the horrors that are happening in a form of femine in other parts but you will still find the beauty of kindness in that. The very European countries that are utilizing and stealing the riches of our land are busy showing the sadness and hunger they have caused and created right from the start. So yep. My continent is beautiful. The people are amazing. And the kindness is overflowing.
    And can we stop with the assumption that Africa is a country? Africa is a continent with over 40 countries.

    That’s my piece😂

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  2. That’s a beautiful photo. Near your former home? 🙂 🙂 I have a couple of good friends who’ve lived in Africa, and both would agree that it’s a place that gets under your skin. In a good way. It’s a lasting regret that I didn’t visit when I was invited.

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  3. 😂😂😂😂😂 I remember when I first came to Australia, my neighbours used to ask me all sorts of silly questions: do you have houses? Or do you live on trees? Do you have shops, cars, etc
    I just treated it as ignorance! ( a luck of knowledge) no hunger for knowledge! Just happy in their comfort zone!
    Then I meet some people who have lived in Africa, and they can’t stop talking about the beauty of the continent!
    Some people never want to see the positive side of Africa, it’s just them! And it’s impossible to change their thinking!

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    1. I know! Most people who have traveled to Africa have nice things to say, it’s really how the media has unfairly portrayed Africa that is the problem. I should have mentioned that in my post.


  4. I remember the comedy “ Mind your language”
    The English Man asked a Kenyan Teacher: “ Did you fly from Kenya or used an Elephant to get to London”?
    Ignorance and arrogance!
    But again, it was only a comedy😂

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  5. I love this post! I can absolutely agree that there is so much to experience in Africa. So much more than any of the pictures I had ever seen. I know my view was narrow before I visited the first time, but it only took a few minutes to see that Africa had so much more. I still have so much to see, do and experience in Africa. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks Andi, you make an important point; the problem is that most people who make these assumptions have taken their information from what they see in the media. You have been to Africa several times and spent much time there and seen another face which I see appreciate in your posts. I hope more people get this opportunity and be more open-minded like you have been.
      That’s why I look forward to your posts always!

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  6. My dear, wow, I love and admire your writing. ALL of the arguments ring TRUE!!!!!
    Africa, I have never been there, my genealogy usure as a result of slavery and race mixing. My ancestors a mystery. I would love to visit Africa, and from what I have seen and heart from natives of various parts, this is specially built by God’s own hand. I find the images magnificent and whenever I look upon them I feel a draw that is unexplainable.
    Please keep sharing with us.

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