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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 19 2013: What does the word "Africa" mean to me? I am obsessed with the word since childhood. It brings so many thoughts into me mind..all wonderful ones. I have never been to Africa but it has always been my wish to go there. To me Africa is a wonderland...filled with so much natural beauty...the place where still the wonder of creation can still be experienced.
    I am a white person but I envy the beauty of dark-skinned people. To me they are what I wish everyone looked like. To me they are the perfect example of what each and every person should look like. Now I know by saying that, that this may upset some people, but you did ask what the word "Africa" brings to the minds of people. That and many more thoughts about Africa spring to mind. I (even though I have never been there) have fallen in love with Africa and its people since I was a very young child.
    i know that Africa had (and still has) its own troubles. So had we in Ireland. Every country in the world has had its times of turmoil. Yet...in spite of all of that the people who really matter remain beautiful. The countries continue to be beautiful. The wonderful cultures remain. Sadly, Africa is the HOME that I will never know. Ahh I had better stop. I just love Africa. Denis xxx
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      Apr 20 2013: Hey Denis,
      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts courageous.I totally agree with your view about Africa...yes it is a "wonderland". Dark people are beautiful and so is everyone else....I think having varieties of color in the universe adds to the touch of beauty. Make your dream come true and visit Africa....it is beautiful and you might be tempted to settle there....so be prepared when you travel. Wish you all the best. Every part of the world has it own challenges.. it is matter of accepting and looking for ways to make life more meaningful and better. Enjoy Ireland...and visit your other home (Africa)
      Love, Mary

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