Alkebu-Lan (better known as the Country of “Africa”)

A few weeks ago I was having a casual conversation about what, I cannot recall at the moment.  What I do remember is an incident that occurred during the talk.

The topic of discussion was fairly random; from current events, to sports, to the going ons in our respective homes.  My acquaintance then began commenting on a colleague he knew from “Africa”.  Nowhere specific, just “Africa”.  This individual held some particular beliefs that my acquaintance found odd, to which he asked me, “But isn’t that how most African’s are?”  I looked at him, trying to hold back my incredulity and calmly responded, “How should I know?”

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a first-generation Nigerian, born and raised in the U.S.  Outside of a few stints here and there, I have spent the entirety of my existence in the U.S.  I do posses what many would call a “traditional Nigerian” name.  Regardless, I have come across this phenomena of People referring to Alkebu-Lan (the place most call “Africa”) as a single country on countless occassions.

It’s important to note that my acquaintance himself is the descendant of people taken forcibly from Alkebu-Lan (the place most call “Africa”) hundreds of years ago.  To him, Alkebu-Lan (the place most call “Africa”) is a homogeneous, unvaried region.  It is his fault that he holds such views.  The many cultures, societies, and people who comprise Alkebu-Lan (the place most call “Africa”) is well documented.  My concern is that incidents like this are not isolated.  Read most articles or listen to most radio shows or television programs, and you will get steady dose of this narrative:

Africa = one big wild, weird, backward, tragic country. 

There’s almost a pride in knowing the least about it or being uninformed.  I’m curious as to how such an erroneous account became the standard.  Like all places, Alkebu-Lan (the place most call “Africa”) has it’s share of problems.  Poor leadership, tension between ethnic & cultural groups, and difficult economic conditions have plagued the land.  But these are not unique to Alkebu-Lan (the place most call “Africa”).  All people, since the creation of time, have experienced violence, greed, poor governance, war, and economic hardship.   Like all places in this world Alkebu-Lan (the place most call Africa) is made of many different people with many different thoughts, views, and opinions.  I have yet visited or heard of a place where everyone though, felt, and acted the same way about anything.  Even here in the U.S., the bastion of all things civilized and well with mankind, you’d be hard pressed to find a state, let alone an entire region, who get alone and work together on a consistent basis.

So if it hasn’t been said, I’m saying it now:

Alkebu-Lan (the place most call “Africa”) is a continent comprised of 54 sovereign countries, and Western Sahara, a member state of the African Union whose statehood is disputed by Morocco.  There are people of all shape, size, color, and variety.  The continent has virtually all the types of landscapes found on this Earth.  It is place where people love, live, and do the best they can with what they’ve been given, just like we all try to do on this planet.

Spread the word.

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4 thoughts on “Alkebu-Lan (better known as the Country of “Africa”)

  1. July 10, 2015

    Sir, I read your blog about Remote Area Medical and Stan Brock and Joanne Ford and want to tell you the rest of the story. Joanne became dear to us at RAM. Our Clinical Coordinator Ron Brewer made sure she had updated vision tests and new glasses as well as transportation to Dr. appointments from the time we met her until she passed away a few years ago.

    I really understand your heart when you described your feelings about hearing the stories of Americans in distress and needing health care so badly. I am a new staffer with RAM and have been completely astounded at the great need for health care here in America. People who are on assistance still don’t have dental or vision and those who work low wage jobs and even a few jobs to provide necessities for their families have a difficult time paying for health care so they usually go without. I, along with you and thousands are so grateful to Stan Brock and the work he has done over 30 years to stopping the pain and alleviating the suffering of people here in the US and abroad. You may not realize but he also has spayed and neutered over 66,000 dogs.

    Thanks for sharing your feelings in your blog. Please feel free to contact us for a tour of our facilities and meet Stan and the staff or visit one of our clinics. We have scheduled 67 clinics this year alone.

    Best Regards,

    Donna Walker
    Development Officer

      1. You can contact met at Remote Area Medical’s headquarters at 2200 Stock Creek Blvd., Rockford, TN 37353 and our phone numbers are: office at 865-579-1530 my extension is 105 or my direct number is 865-862-5917. You can also check us out at http://www.RAMUSA.org and here is a link to a documentary about Stan as the Medicine Man: http://www.medicinemanstanbrock.com. This is an ongoing project by Paul Michael Angell from Great Britain.

        Thanks so much,

        Donna Walker

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