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mary kariuki

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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 7 2013: Hi Mary

    I suspect I am a victim of media manipulation. A constant barrage of pictures of displaced peoples, in desperate need, starving, sick....

    When I think about other sources of information I think about wildlife, virgin country, tribes, culture, variety...

    An altogether rosier picture. One day I will make it to Africa and I experience it first hand :-)
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      Apr 10 2013: Hi Andy,
      Yes, and you are not the only one. Majority of us rely on media for information, then we use the info to form stereotypes and pictures..before visiting USA, my media influence was that of Hollywood...I never thought the continent had it own challenges too.
      Yes the media is right focusing on Africa's challenges but they are too many positives and great things about Africa that most people never know because the media never covers them.
      And you are very right about wildlife, virgin untapped "continent"...tribes and cultures...
      Africa has more than 50 countries...with me been biased I would recommend you start with Kenya....lol
      Thanks for sharing....

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