Picture: Transcorp Calabar (Cross river)
Original post by: Bimbo OnikoroLink: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6160384/5_misconceptions_a...
Lots of people in the United States surprisingly have a common perception of the African continent: war, starvation, safari and naked village tribes. While this may be true in few isolated places in Africa, asking your African colleague at work or school if he ever got attacked by a wild animal is equivalent to assuming every American is a Hollywood actor.
To avoid some self-embarrassment either during your travel to any part of Africa or in relating with people from Africa, here are some general facts you should know about Africa:
1. Africa Is Not A Country!
This might sound a bit ridiculous to you if you already know this, but you'll be surprised how many people still think Africa is one huge country with one culture and language. On the contrary, Africa consists of 53 countries each with very diverse languages and cultures. South Africa alone has 12 official languages while Nigerians speak over 300 languages.
2. Lions, Zebras and Elephants
Contrary to what you may have implied from watching documentaries on National Geographic and Hollywood movies, wild animals are not roaming the streets of Africa. The population dynamics of wild animals and humans in Africa is the same as every part of the world: animals live in wild life parks and zoos. Although, few isolated human settlements still exist in places with wild animals, however, this phenomenon is not unique to Africa.
Note: pictures from one of the most loved and peaceful state in Nigeria, their are 36 states in Nigeria. Countries like Kenya, South Africa and Ghana also have cities and states beautiful enough to knock you off your fit.
Picture: Calabar Festival
These are just some few pictures of places and people in the peaceful city of Calabar, there are so many beautiful cities in Africa, you need to see Nairobi in Kenya, you need to see Accra, Ghana.
Africa, use to be all about bushes and naked tribes, that was back then 100 - 200 years ago, now its all about development and tourism. Some people always want to go to war and that is why the full development of Africa is been delayed, these wars must end first before the beauty in some parts of Africa can spread evenly to other parts(the war zones).