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Stop Spreading Erroneous Accounts on Africa

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:26 AM
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I am glad that the Internet has given me and other average people a chance to express our opinions on issues that concern us. This medium also allows an audience of hungry readers to read the opinions of commoners like me. I am grateful to the inventors who came up with this important mode of communication, which now engulfs the entire globe, including Africa. . For many Americans, Africa is irrelevant; it is therefore the less-learned-about continent in the world in this part of the world. Non-disastrous developments in Africa are not news worthy in the USA, if any thing is found to be newsworthy, it is on reported in a sentence or two. Many elements in today’s western media make it seems as if the continent of Africa were as primitive as she was some 400 years ago. This is very far from the truth. And some Africans like me find it very hard not to say anything about this gross unfairness in the coverage of Africa. The sad truth is that some of the tainted minds that report erroneous accounts on Africa have never been to Africa. So, my advice to you is to forget the staged images on TV that pollute the minds of investors. These images are influenced or manipulated by biased “journalists” whose only intents are bent exclusively on ameliorating sales. These so-called journalists and their paid local artists present images that attempt to recreate Africa’s past. However, they do it so poorly because their scenes are embedded with prejudices and insults for the portrayed cultures and overall human decency. It has been hundreds of years when the early Portuguese explorers landed in Sub-Sahara Africa. Gradually, they introduced some type of civilization to the inhabitants there. They sold salt and garments to the people and took back gold and other valuable things from the people. They navigated the people’s land by using its rich fresh waterways, naming them in the process. The Portuguese, for example, named most of the rivers in my native country, Liberia.   Every...


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