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Nigerian's Guide To Learning More About The African Continent


Aug. 10, 2020

As a Nigerian, it is tempting to think that your country is bigger and better than every other African country, or that Africa ends in West Africa. However, if you have an open mind, you will be able to learn about other African countries, their economy, politics, their people and cultures, and the beauty and uniqueness of this large continent. And to all our non-African folks, remember, Africa is not a country.
For many Nigerians, Africa begins and ends in West Africa. When you ask an average Nigerian to mention countries in Africa, it is common for them to mention Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, Benin-Republic, Côte D’Ivoire, and other neighbouring countries.
A common misconception many Nigerians have about Africa is that it is a continent for only black people and a white person (oyinbo) cannot equally be an African. There’s also the misconception that every black person emerged from Africa. The biggest misconception is that economically, Nigeria is the giant of Africa and all other African countries are not as economically strong or well to do as Nigeria. It’s common to hear an average Nigerian say things like “small Ghana is fighting with us”, “ordinary Rwanda too is talking”.
That is why BellaNaija is introducing The 54, a series that will explore Africa and the African people. In this series, we will look into the various African cultures, tribes, people, food, arts and music, economy, politics, regions – everything Africa and African. But for now, let’s give you a glimpse of what this series, The 54, is all about and how we intend to take you on this journey with us.
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