Placing Africa In Its Proper Context


The primary purpose of this blog first and foremost is to develop a one-stop outlet for information that puts light on African matters in their actual state, in contrast to the Hollywood fiction-like misbranding that dominates "western" oriented media outlets. The continent is rarely given different textures of personality as actually seen on the ground, and is treated as one big country [more likely, one big rural village] instead of a continent with diverse people, diverse cultures, multiple states and diverse economies. That is not to say that some commonalities don't exist, but they are not sufficient enough to blur the variety. The continent is usually given a bland uni-dimensional image as a charity case, which armchair experts run off with and proceed with giving their "brochures" to the "hapless" Africans on how they are supposed to be running things, even as these armchair experts leave their own backyards unsorted. The only time report comes out is when and if something determined to be "dire" is unfolding. You hear personalities in the "west" speak of Africans "not being able to take care of themselves", even as their own states plunder resources [both human and natural], litter the place with military outposts, constantly meddle and stand in the way of African revolutionary undertakings that threaten to straighten out their plutocrats and putting them to task, the fundamental social responsibilities that they professed to take on when they occupy administrative offices. Yet at the same time, these same "western" states close their doors to African immigration, and immigration from the so-called "developing world" in general. In this post-cold war era, emerging global players, like say China, are looking to implement their own economic interests, by capitalizing on the mistrust Africans have towards "western" plutocracy, given the history of colonial terrorism, and offering Africans alternative trade partnership. This has not evened out the trade playing field though, with many African nations still exporting capital rather than drawing it, by having a good deal of their trade items comprising raw materials, which are then processed and sold back to African economies. The continent has served as a hub for "western" medical laboratories, from the infamous testing grounds for vaccines using pantroglodytes as guinea pigs—undertakings which have long been suspected for cultivating AIDS—to the more recent DNA sampling projects, with a view to unfolding the secrets of the human genome and its potential medical advantages. DNA research has been instrumental in realizing just how diverse the populations of this continent are, in line with ethnic and cultural diversity, which stands in direct contrast to the imagery forged in "western" big business media. Therefore molecular genetics and bio-anthropological matters are heavily discussed here and serve as integral parts of the body of information gathered here.