Deb 🐝 Helfrich en beBee in English, beBee em Português, beBee en Español 🐝🐝🐝beBee Brand Ambassador🐝🐝🐝 • beBee 27/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,5K

The True Size of Africa

The True Size of Africa

Do you realize the true size and incredible diversity that exists on the African continent? @Sara Jacobovici recently shared an important TEDtalk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, on the danger of a single story for a continent composed of 54 countries on a landmass so large it will boggle your mind. Which led to a comment by @CityVP Manjit about his curiosity to explore the experiences, lives, and hearts of a place very under-represented in our virtual community.

I second that openness. I look forward to getting to know so very many more of the stories being lived on the African continent as beBee grows and evolves into a truly worldwide place of interconnection.

Here are the top 12 countries as represented by population:
1. Nigeria
2. Ethiopia
3. Egypt
4. Democratic Republic of the Congo
5. South Africa
6. Tanzania
7. Kenya
8. Sudan
9. Algeria
10. Uganda
11. Morocco
12. Mozambique

If you are the musical type, this complex song by Nneka "Africans" as shared by Irene Hackett may open up your heart and mind to learning more about a place full of many millions of stories of truly interesting people

One of my favorite TV series of all time is The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency starring Jill Scott who portrays Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's first lady detective.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

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Lyon Brave 5/1/2017 · #9

I can't wait to visit Africa. I love TED TALKS.

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CityVP 🐝 Manjit 18/12/2016 · #8

#7 Dear Deb [@Deb 🐝 Helfrich ] if only that graphic was the reality, how cool it would be for me to born in Antananarivo rather than London, England ....deep sigh.

There is such massive ignorance about Africa that it is difficult to know where to start. Africa is a continent but classified as a country no matter what nation that people ignorant of Africa cite. My friends include Nigerians, Senegalese and Ghanaian.

What we often hear is the problems and conflicts of Africa, not the beauty of places like Madagascar. If we presented our own countries like the media represent nations in Africa, we would consider ourselves to be a Third World nation.

Just welcoming a tiny fraction of the African diaspora into our lives is an enriching experience - but we have not been taught to view or see this particular continent in that way. How we are taught to see this great continent is how what we choose to see and this experience is thorough individual - again another hat tip to diversity.

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Deb 🐝 Helfrich 18/12/2016 · #7

@CityVP Manjit - since we have been talking about land masses & continents.... I know you will find this pictorial metaphor interesting.

Deb 🐝 Helfrich 14/12/2016 · #6

#5 The ingenuity & creativity of the person who decided to tell this story via a profoundly illustrated picture & then there is the sheer size of the landmass that escapes us & then there is the metaphorical cradle of humanity overlaid metaphor.

It speaks to me on so many levels.

Pascal Derrien 13/12/2016 · #5

that's a map and a half :-)

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Deb 🐝 Helfrich 27/11/2016 · #4

#3 That is a great tip! Was just about to write some more.


#2 It's because it has 113 words. So you have highlighted Producer has to have at least 200. Edit the article including words to that figure and change its appearance. Thank you @Deb Helfrich.

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Deb 🐝 Helfrich 27/11/2016 · #2

@Federico Álvarez San Martín - I am curious why this buzz, created in Producer comes across with a tiny photo, and without the producer tag? As this picture is the point - since it is worth many more than a thousand words.

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