Stereotyping Africa. Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions
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Characteristically, Africans in any Western country are asked so many different questions about "Africa," as Westerners love to refer to the many countries that make up that huge continent, as if Africa were a single nation state. So one begins wondering why it is that Africans, on the other hand, do not refer to individual European countries as "Europe" simply, then the trends and consequences of stereotyping begin setting in just as one is getting used to being asked if Africa has a president, or if one can say something in African. It is some of these questions that Emmanuel Fru Doh has collected over the years and has attempted answering them in an effort to shed some light on a continent that is in many ways like the rest of the world, when not better, but which so many love to paint as dark, backward, chaotic, and pathetic.

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Published 01 November 2009
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Stereotyping Africa S ereotyping Africa Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions
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Stereotyping Africa
Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions
Emmanuel Fru Doh
Langaa Research & Publishing CIG Mankon,Bamenda
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DISCLAIMER
ISBN: 9956-558-95-8
©Emmanuel Fru Doh 2009
All views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Langaa RPCIG.
Stereotyping Africa: Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions
Content
Dedication ............................................................................ vii
Preface ................................................................................... xi
Part One The Introduction: On Painting a Portrait ............................. 1
Part Two Questions and Answers ....................................................... 31 Attitude ........................................................................................ 33 Age ................................................................................................ 38 Children ....................................................................................... 42 Colonialism ................................................................................. 47 Communication .......................................................................... 57 Crime ............................................................................................ 60 Death ............................................................................................ 63 The Diaspora .............................................................................. 67 Economy ..................................................................................... 72 Education .................................................................................... 77 Family .......................................................................................... 79 Fashion ........................................................................................ 90 Geography ................................................................................... 92 Habits/Cultural Practices ......................................................... 93 Health .......................................................................................... 99 Housing ...................................................................................... 110 Judiciary ..................................................................................... 112 Landscape .................................................................................. 113 Languages .................................................................................. 122 Nutrition/Eating Habits ......................................................... 124
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Occupation ............................................................................... 128 Politics/Government ............................................................... 131 Religion ...................................................................................... 137 Sexuality .................................................................................... 145 Sports ......................................................................................... 151 Music .......................................................................................... 151 Technology ................................................................................ 153 Transportation .......................................................................... 157 Utilities ...................................................................................... 159 Men and Women ...................................................................... 161
Part Three The Epilogue ...................................................................... 173
Notes ................................................................................... 183
Works Cited ......................................................................... 187
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Dedication
To the memory of my beloved father, Pa Philip Doh Awah, who taught me from my earliest beginnings to understand and accept the fact that even the fingers on one hand are not the same.
TO GOD ALMIGHTY BE PRAISE AND GLORY
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Stereotyping Africa: Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions
‘‘My Africa is rich in human resources and dignity…. I get insulted when I see only images of our dying, our wars, our Darfur, our AIDS victims…not our doctors, our nurses, our teachers….’’
Iman Abdulmajid
‘‘The world is big. Some people are unable to comprehend that simple fact. They want the world on their own terms, its peoples just like them and their friends, its places like the manicured little patch on which they live. But this is a foolish and blind wish. Diversity is not an abnormality but the very reality of our planet. The human world manifests the same reality and will not seek our permission to celebrate itself in the magnificence of its endless varieties. Civility is a sensible attribute in this kind of world we have; narrowness of heart and mind is not.’’
Chinua Achebe
‘‘In a world that is becoming smaller and societies that are becoming multicultural, it may be time for western culture to examine itself critically in terms of its view of other cultures. For how much of western culture is made up of prejudices about other cultures, how much of western identity is constructed upon the negative identity of others? Past fears and antagonisms are encoded in images and symbols, in sayings and rationalizations, which set self and other apart, in ways which may no longer be part of our mentality but which do form part of our ambience and cultural baggage. Is it not time, then, for a spring cleaning of intercultural images, of alienating images between cultures and ‘races’ which have long since outlived their usefulness?....The legacy of several hundred years of western expansion and hegemony, manifested in racism and exoticism, continues to be recycled in western cultures in the form of stereotypical images of non-western cultures.’’
Jan Nederveen Pieterse
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