Top 5 Misconceptions People Have About Africa

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Don’t you hate it when you visit a country in a different continent and the locals ask you about if some misconceptions about Africa are true? I, personally, am yet to travel abroad but some of my friends keep telling me about how they hate being asked some facts about the continent. It makes them mad, I would be too. Let’s look at some misconceptions people have about Africa.

5. Egypt is not part of Africa

Here is a map of Africa. As you can see, Egypt is part of the continent.

My cousin, who studies in Aga Khan school, tells me that their syllabus doesn’t recognize Egypt as an African country. They actually consider it as a Middle East Country because of it’s proximity. Same case applies to other continents too. First of all, Egypt is part and parcel of the African continent. The country is even a founding member of the African Union.

What’s worse is that most north African countries identify themselves as Arab countries. Don’t they realize Africa is a region and not a race? Am I the only one who realizes this?

4. Africa is huge, densely forested jungle

Another map explaining the various climates

They must confuse the Congo forests to be true for the whole continent. If we pull up the climate of North Africa, you’ll find the Sahara Desert. If you go down South, you’ll find the Kalahari desert and the Namib desert.

We also have beaches, savanna grassland and temperate regions. Some people need to go back for Geography lessons.

3. Africa is Home to black people

Have you been to North Africa? Most people living there are of Arab descent. Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt; need I say more? Once again, Africa is a region and not a race for black people. What’s actually interesting is that North America, Western Europe and Australia can fit in to Africa.

All I’m saying is that Africa is too big and diverse for it to have black people only.

2. Christianity in Africa was brought by European Missionaries

Uhm, no. It is well-written in the Bible. Both Moses and Jesus grew up in Africa. Simon of Cyrene was from Libya. Mark, founder of the Orthodox church came from Africa. As a matter of fact, the continent laid foundation for the beliefs of Christianity as we know it today.

The Bible actually mentions two major regions where most things are talked about; the Middle East and Africa. So, the missionaries shouldn’t take credit for anything.

1. Egyptian pyramids were built by slaves

All Giza Pyramids

Once again, no. Builders of the pyramids came from poor Egyptian families from the north and the south, and were respected for their work. So much that those who died during construction were bestowed the honor of being buried in the tombs near the sacred pyramids of their pharaohs.

What other misconceptions do you know of? Let us know in the comments below.

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Elvis Mwangi

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