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This video is an open letter to the world.
Enough, we have had enough.
We as Africans are sick and tired of being belittled and overlooked
for somebody else's humanitarian agenda. So allow me to make this abundantly clear:
Africa is not a country.
It is a continent, a big one
with 54 countries and a lot to offer.
We could fit North America, China and Europe in our boarders and still have space.
We are one of the biggest continents on the planet,
and yet we are conveniently overlooked. When you ask me questions about Ebola, you
should know that I've never even been to West Africa.
I am 4000km away. And whilst I know enough to differentiate
the countries and the different customs, I cannot even begin to tell you what it's like there.
When I tell you that I live in Rwanda, you ask me "Isn't that dangerous?"
I am genuinely appalled by you who claim to
be knowledgeable, and up to date with global affairs,
but you don't know that the genocide ended 20 years ago.
When I tell some people that I am Zimbabwean and South African,
but I live in Rwanda and I moved around several countries in Africa,
I was asked whether I was a refugee. Because I couldn't possibly have the wealth
or reason to travel around by beautiful continent without the threat of death.
I refuse to stand any longer and let people
tell me about the country in Africa where I'm from
where we are too poor to function and that our government - "singular" -
is corrupt and we have no idea of what we're doing.
I refuse belittled and treated like a second class citizen.
I refuse to be made into a novelty when I achieve something great.
You know, you all think that the way you put Lupita Nyong'o on a pedestal
and nearly worshipped her is amazing, like it's the higher honour or accomplishment
for an African. Don't get me wrong, we are very proud of her,
because one of us achieve something great, we celebrate as communities.
But if you think that you have painted Africa in a positive light through her,
you've actually done the opposite. When you make someone an idol like that,
it says to us that you are so surprised that an African could achieve something that great,
like no one has ever done it before Our continent is full of amazing and inspiring
Africans who are making difference in their communities,
so it's not a surprise to us when one of us succeeds exceptionally.
It seems like you think that is all we have to give
and that couldn't be further from the truth. We really have gotten the raw deal throughout
history. We've been looked down upon, colonised,
our resources have been stolen, we've been segregated, subjected to violence,
institutionalised racism. We as Africans have accomplished so much:
Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Paul Kagame, Wole Soyinka,
Wangari Maathai, Strive Masiyiwa, Chimamanda Adichie, just to name a few.
Why can't you see our achievements rather than the single story of poverty and
helplessness? So I want you to do a few things for me today:
take five minutes out of your day to open Google and look up the map of Africa.
Look at the different countries, learn a little bit about them
and the great things that we have achieved. Never address Africa like it's a country again;
Next time you refer to a place in Africa, be specific.
Don't ask if we speak "African", don't confuse it with Afrikaans,
which is a Cape-Dutch language mostly spoken in Southern Africa.
Don't ask us if we know each other just because we come from the same continent.
Do not ever assume that we are poor or refugees. Don't ask if we live in huts.
Don't ask if we live amongst wild animals. And remember that we as Africans were performing
successful c-sections and brain surgeries, thousands of years before European doctors
took it upon themselves to wash their hands before surgery so their
patients would stop dying. We have been asking for years to be respected,
to little avail. Today I put my foot down and I am calling you out.
To quote Kapuscinski
"the continent is too large to describe. It is a veritable ocean, a separate planet,
a varied and immensely rich cosmos, only with the greatest of simplifications
can we say "Africa". And so I say to you, the rest of the world,
that it is time to pay attention to us. We are very quickly overtaking you
and we refuse to be overlooked any longer, from Iwani.
If you want to learn more about the points I raised in this letter, please follow the
link down below. I will be also be posting it to my Tumblr
page from where you can reblog and share to other people.
Thank you for watching this video, please subscribe to my channel,
follow my links down below, share, like, and comment,
I would love to hear your thoughts. My name is Iwani Mawocha
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Africa is NOT a Country

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林明杰 published on October 20, 2016
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