By FINN CHARDONNAY
December 19, 2017
“Believe it or not, Africa does have quite a lot of cities, Cape Town, Lagos, Cairo, all of these places have beautiful architecture and creations. So you can’t actually tell me that Africa is all jungle and forest.”
That Africa is in no way the same as it is portrayed in the media.
I have seen so many movies where a person says they are going to Africa to help poor people or orphans or something of the like. When they get there, this is how they make it seem.
(This photo is literally what I found after googling ‘Africa’)
And while I love the fact that Africa has such a vast amount of animals and has such beautiful terrains, not all of it is a jungle.
I’ve been asked by a girl if I ride lions as a legitimate question. No trace of sarcasm on their face. It’s that bad. (I don’t by the way, I’ve never even seen a lion before)
Take Nigeria for instance, Nigeria has been so urbanized that I, who lived there for a long time, have never seen a giraffe, elephant or rhino, all of which are depicted in that photo.
(These are pictures of Lagos city, Nigeria.)
Believe it or not, Africa does have quite a lot of cities, Cape Town, Lagos, Cairo, all of these places have beautiful architecture and creations. So you can’t actually tell me that Africa is all jungle and forest.
And then the stereotype that all Africans are poor and dumb.
It is true that a lot of Africans are poverty-stricken, but some of that poverty in quite a few countries is caused by corruption.
The leaders thus take the money for themselves and fellow politicians, leaving none for the citizens. That creates a wide gap between the poor and the rich. So, therefore, those who are rich are extremely rich, and those who are poor are extremely poor.
In some countries that is not the case, and poverty is due to the environment (they have really bad droughts at times, causing there to be no food), or outbreaks of violence and war. It’s true that some countries in Africa have it very bad.
But in spite of that, we do have resources. The richest African man currently is Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian. He has a net worth of 12.7 billion dollars. That is far more than Donald Trump’s Net worth of 3.2 Billion dollars, not nearly as much as Bill Gate’s 90 billion, but still enough to top charts.
The misconception that we are all stupid fazes me completely. Race doesn’t equate to IQ.
Take Ufot Ekong for example, he solved a 30-year-old math equation.
He also received the highest grades at a university in Japan for 50 years.
The only reasons not as many Africans are listed as smart, is because many don’t get the opportunity. When the slave trade began, African development was greatly stunted. That stunt still affects us today.