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If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?

People associate different regions/continent based on media, informational material, myths, stereotypes and such. The main idea of this discussion is to find out what people who never had "first hand experience" think about the continent. Thanks for your contribution.


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  • Gord G 50+

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    Mar 31 2013: I made a point of not reading the other responses so they wouldn't influence my response.

    The first thing I think...Africa is a large continent of diverse countries and cultures that is perceived as an undifferentiated mass by the majority of the world.(somewhat idealized and somewhat persecuted)

    The second thing I think...My image of Africa has been shaped by National Geographic.

    The third...I have a deep connection to the raw beauty of African expression.

    ...it's clear to me it's impossible for me to encapsulate Africa in a simple concise response.
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      Apr 2 2013: Hey Gord,

      Great tactic for not reading the responses. And yes, you are on key point that majority of people miss.....Africa is large (2nd largest after Asia, with more than 50 countries, more than 800 languages). Each countries has varieties of cultures and ethnic languages.
      Your second thought is key and similar to most people who never been to Africa...mainly because of national geographic channels. ( Yes safaris are great and lovely.....you are welcome to visit Africa)
      Your third thought is most beautiful......."raw beauty"......Lovely
      Thanks for your thoughts and contribution........Yes Africa is more than the 3 thoughts however, you did a great job sharing what first comes into your mind when you think of Africa....
      Love, Mary

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