Africa is not a country

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By: DAAF BORREN

A common, rather ‘Western’ mistake is the perception of Africa as a small and uniform country where everyone speaks ‘African’. This is a considerably shortsighted and unfair perception, as speaking in broad brushstroke terms about the continent compromises the incomparable diversity of African cultures and populations.

For comparison, it would be unimaginable and undesirable for Europeans when generalizations would be made about Europe, based on Greece.

Obviously, this short reality check produced by Al Jazeera, is relatively one-sided and brief. But the video does provide some food for thoughts, by holding up a mirror and underlining the flawed, Western approach of the African continent. A continent which counts 54 countries and thousands of ethnic groups and cultures.

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