There is no continent more blessed with striking beauty and diversity than the African Motherland. And it was from this physical and genetic diversity that allowed Africans to parent the rest of humanity. Indigenous Africa is testimony to the full spectrum, of skin tones, hair textures, rich religious and cultural practices. However, all this diversity has a political destiny which merges into one African family.
Africa has 3000 distinct ethnic groups, 2000 languages and a home to the most genetically diverse people on Earth. So diverse that two Africans are more genetically different from each other than a Chinese and a European are from each other. Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent. At about 30.2 million km², it covers six percent of the Earth’s total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area and approximately 58 countries. It occupies a wide dynamic latitude has; deserts, forest, snow, temperate climate, tropics, sub-tropics, lakes, the longest river, lowest point on Earth, mountain ranges. Now we have to ponder over these figures when we have these vulgar sweeping generalizations, which fit all of this diversity into one and two monolithic boxes. There are generalisations, which do define Africa, but none that are exclusive.
The main stream media has poisoned the mind of so many generations. Africa often get associated with diseases, poverty and wars. Why? Maulana Karenga (Prof. Carlifonia State University/African Studies) once said: “Racism poisons our life conditions. It makes people hate us before they even know us! They redefined us out of humanity so that a person from Iceland got a concept of us and they never saw us or interacted with us. So what they’ve done is poisoned how people relate to each other” They can use negativity to tag us but they can us take away the peace and happiness in our hearts. Chester Higgins Jr. said ” We are not Africans because we are born in Africa, we are Africans because Africa is born in us”.