What Africa Gives The World–It’s More Than You Think

What Africa Gives The World–It’s More Than You Think

From The Voice

Africa is recognized as the birthplace of humanity and some of the earliest civilizations such as Ancient Egypt.

It is the world’s second-largest continent, home to 54 countries speaking more than 2,000 languages among them, and boasts some of the largest quantities of crucial minerals such as copper, diamond, platinum, gold and bauxite, or aluminium ore.

Then, of course, is its oil supplies in Nigeria, Libya and Angola. Yet its international image is one of poverty, a continent in constant need of a whip-round from European benefactors – a tired portrayal that leaves Africans in and outside of the diaspora both frustrated and fatigued.

Sir Bob Geldof’s rebooted Band Aid 30 charity single, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, has reignited the debate on the thin line between what is patronizing and what is empowering.

It is for this reason that the UK’s biggest-selling Afrobeats artist Fuse ODG made headlines when he revealed he turned down an invitation to feature on the record because it was “not in line” with his personal beliefs.



Written by Elizabeth Pears /Read more at The Voice