"THE AFRICA THEY NEVER SHOW YOU"

I’d be interested to hear people’s responses to this video that try to counter Western stereotypes of African economic and social life with its own selective, glossy images of a largely urbanized, clean, ordered–oddly without any people–Africa.

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Sean Jacobs

Also goes by Hasan Wazan. Life President.

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  1. Some would argue that a Hollywood trailer soundtrack and wide-angle shots of hotels that 99 percent of Africans can't afford are a little insulting

  2. I have to agree with Shashank and fatou2002. On the other hand, it does show that Africa isn't just dusty plains with groups of starving people .

    So even if the pictures and the horrible, horrible music has nothing to do with most Africans' lifes it shows people from outside of Africa (like me) that Africa isn't just one thing. And that is important, I think.

  3. There has to be a way to better educate people on what life in not just in africa , but in other continents is like. But as Africa there is really more to life than hungry people. AIDS, and Militants.

  4. Music was way too corny.

    Clips might be "real" from a business traveler's or tourist's point of view, seen from an airplane flying in or out of these cities and from a yacht or dive boat of the beaches, but the average guy on the street never gets to see this Africa. And, it is those very tourists and business execs who make sure that it stays that way, so they an continue to enjoy this view unencumbered by the "real' Africa.

  5. The purpose of the video is to counter stereotypes, to show that there is another side to Africa other than what you see on world vision. Visually, we are only exposed to images of starving children, war torn countries and not much else. Perception matters people.

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