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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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  • Apr 4 2013: Mary, I lived in the USA and Canada for about 6 years, and over that time I had the chance to make lots of friends from many countries of Africa. I'm a musician, a bass player, and I don't have to say how Brazilian music has been influenced by African music, and so it's regarding soccer. There's a kind of "happiness no matter what" that permeates our being, which's also come from Africa. The last soccer world cup was held in Africa, and the next will be held in Brazil, and one of the features the world will witness is how we're good at partying, just like you Africans, our closest brothers and sisters. African culture was conveyed to Brazil by the sad episode of slavery, which still hurts me, but on the other hand, Africans were the greatest gift Brazil has got ever as they are simply the most essential ingredient of our actual culture and people. That's why I feel these two lands should get together somehow, we should get closer and closer to celebrate and carry on our fraternity! Africans soul is within any Brazilian, and it feels we've been all missing a closer relationship! I hope our governments and people will find the way to construct that "bridge" to connect our territories. Love, Gerdson
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      Apr 5 2013: Hey Gerdson,
      You have awakened a spirit in me that want to learn more about Brazilians. I did not know that Africa had so much influence. I always recognize the similiarities we have such as partying for the moment and just enjoying simple things in life, but never connected the relationship. Not forgetting the great coffee Brazil and Kenya produce....Atleast I know how to pick coffee...so somewhat I wld fit well in Brazil...I should make it a future plan to visit Brazil...hopefully World cup.And yes, the brothers and sisters all over the world are slowly recognizing that there is no better way out rather than connecting and interdependently living with each other. Thanks so much for sharing.....How was your experience in USA and Canada?
      Love, Mary

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