I Am Modern Africa and I Am Misunderstood
The Dark Continent breeds a lot of misleading thoughts. Those not from the birthplace of the human race have this misconstrued perception that all that’s found in Africa is jungles, famine, disease, poverty and war. I have lost track of the number of people who’ve honestly asked me whether I reside in a jungle. I have gotten to the point whereby I tend to just agree with them and tell them that yes, I leave in a tree house, we dress in animal skin and walk around with bows and arrows. This, I have come to find, is much simpler than trying, mostly unsuccessfully, to explain that life in Africa is not that much different from here in the United States. I know you are probably taking this with a pinch of salt but give me a minute to explain myself, maybe this time I will be successful in convincing just one person.
I was born and raised in Kenya, for the many of you who don’t know where that is, Kenya is a small East African country. We are mostly known for producing a long line of long distance runners and most recently for being the home of president Obama’s father. For those of us who have traveled overseas, we are constantly asked about how Africa is. Recently a stranger asked if Africa is as bad as the media makes it out to be. I honestly did not blame her for asking this because most of the news and outlooks from Africa and about Africa are negative at best.
Being from an average African country in pretty much the same predicament as any other country from Africa, I will try and clear the misconception that Africa is just full of problems. Firstly, let me clear up the issue that all of Africa is in a state of war. Apart from some parts of Darfur most of Africa is peaceful. It is very true that Africa is the poorest continent on earth. This poverty causes a domino effect onto other sectors of the continent. Issues such as robbery are prevalent in many African countries and so are issues such as famine and luck of adequate nutrition and provision of basic needs to many of the inhabitants. But this is not to the extent to which the international press makes it out to be. The great majority of the continent is able to provide for itself and secure it citizens as well as tourists who visit.
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Now that we have gotten the bad stuff out of the way, let’s move on to the unknown, unadvertised Africa. No we do not stay in trees or dress in animal skin. No we do not hunt for our food. We have large metropolitan cities with high ways just as large as those in Europe and the United States. We go to watch movies in theatres just like you do in the States and yes we watch the same movies that you do and at the same time that you do.
Just like here, a great portion of the population is technologically savvy. Maybe not all households have internet connection like in the developed continents but we are getting there. The mobile telecommunication industry is expanding at an alarming rate in Africa. Believe it or not, where I am from, people started using the internet on their mobile phones from as early as 2002. Most of the continent has mobile coverage by multiple carriers. In Kenya, which is almost a fifth the size of Texas, we have six mobile providers and have the capability of having a mobile monetary account on your cell phone. This has not even been implemented in Europe or the United States. Google mpesa and read more about it.
The education quality in Africa is as good as anywhere else in the world. Most students are computer literate by the time they leave high school and are more capable of holding their own against those from the more developed continents.
Don’t get me wrong, we as Africans have numerous problems. But we are working towards getting ourselves out of these issues. We are all from different situations but those situations are not as bad as you may have been led to believe.
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