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PostPosted: 01/13/18 11:44 pm    ::: Chiney Ogwumike's view of Africa Reply Reply with quote

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/trump-view-africa-not-wnba-chiney-ogwumike-sees-article-1.3755358

In this piece, Chiney Ogwumike wouldn't comment on Donald Trump's views regarding Africa but had a lot to say about her Nigerian parents, her grandfather, and the African continent.



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PostPosted: 01/14/18 12:42 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

People say "Africa" like it's a homogeneous place. It's an enormous continent, larger than North America, with an very diverse range of cultures.



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There are 54 countries in Africa. I have a friend in New York who decided to address her lack of knowledge of Africa by reading a novel written by an author from each of these countries. When I last saw her (early December), she'd read 22. Probably higher now.



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PostPosted: 01/14/18 12:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
People say "Africa" like it's a homogeneous place. It's an enormous continent, larger than North America, with an very diverse range of cultures.


I actually minored in African Studies (even back in my day they had this) and had a friend from each of the 4 'corners' of Africa - Libya, Ghana, Ethiopia (then called), and South Africa - and listened to many stories of their homelands. It is indeed amazingly diverse geographically as well as culturally... And unfortunately a lot of ethnic and tribal divisiveness - like the Balkans it goes back centuries and is very difficult to break out of the hatred/mistrust instilled from childhood. Then on top of that are all the outsiders who often play on that divisiveness to get what they want - the natural resources.



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