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Africa Is Not a Country
- Notes on a Bright Continent
- Narrated by: Dipo Faloyin
- Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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So often, Africa has been depicted simplistically as a uniform land of famines and safaris, poverty and strife, stripped of all nuance. In this bold and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective, weaving a vibrant tapestry of stories that bring to life Africa's rich diversity, communities, and histories.
Starting with an immersive description of the lively and complex urban life of Lagos, Faloyin unearths surprising truths about many African countries' colonial heritage and tells the story of the continent's struggles with democracy through seven dictatorships. With biting wit, he takes on the phenomenon of the white savior complex and brings to light the damage caused by charity campaigns of the past decades. Entering into the rivalries that energize the continent, Faloyin engages in the heated debate over which West African country makes the best jollof rice and describes the strange, incongruent beauty of the African Cup of Nations. With an eye toward the future promise of the continent, he explores the youth-led cultural and political movements that are defining and reimagining Africa on their own terms.
Africa Is Not a Country celebrates the energy and particularity of the continent's different cultures and communities, treating Africa with the respect it deserves.
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- Lilian Kamau
This book was well written and researched and extremely informative. Loved the narration by the author himself and honestly if you are of African heritage and especially living in Africa, you need to read/listen to this book. For those also not very knowledgeable about the continent this is a great place to start! Highly recommend!!
Well researched and such a refreshing read and listen! Highly recommend this for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the African story why it is how it is and what it could be!
- Amazon Customer
Great perspective on modern African diaspora
Food for thought, unique perspective and history are all masterfully woven together in this book by Dipo Faloyin. This book gives voice to the to many shared views on the idea of Africa in a thoughtful and respectful way. It is for anyone who is curious about Africa with limited access or background. It’s also a great read just in general. I would highly recommend.