Happy First Day of Summer everyone!
This is a companion Post to my Page Secret Africa and since it has already been HOT – over 100 degrees – for weeks now where I live and reminds me of when I grew up in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania) so close to the equator, I’m posting African Hotness today.
Also because I grow increasingly TIRED of the only kinds of pictures, videos, articles etc that are done about countries in the continent of Africa.
Like any country you can pick on this planet, there are the big cities, the rural life, the areas with poverty, the slick tourist hotels, the gorgeous views of nature, kids playing, apartment complexes, road, highways, freeways, nightclubs, the “nice” areas of town, commercial districts, skyscrapers, shopping centers, markets and malls….
The list goes on, just close your eyes and think about what your city or town in your country looks like. But usually all you ever see about countries in Africa is poverty, sickness, nothing modern in sight.
More often than not depicting the FRINGES of what each country has to offer. Now why is that? I know why, if you are not sure, go ahead and ask me and I’ll tell you. But this post is not about that so much as it is about this:
Showing you pictures of a few cities in African countries, that are probably different from the pictures showing Africa you have already seen. If the pictures look like normal boring old could be any city anywhere pictures to you, then Mission Accomplished.
Lagos City in Nigeria, Africa
Nigeria’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the world and is the second largest in Africa. Nigeria has the highest population of all African countries and is the eighth most populous in the world.
Where in Africa is Nigeria anyway? I’m glad you asked :)
Kampala City in Uganda, Africa. Kampala is also the capitol of Uganda.
The rule of Yoweri Museveni since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. The country has substantial natural resources of minerals and untapped reserves of crude oil and natural gas.
Where in Africa is Uganda anyways? I’m glad you asked :)
Dar es Salaam city in Tanzania, Africa. Literally translates “The Abode of Peace.” It is the largest city in Tanzania. It is also the country’s richest city and a regionally important economic center.
I spent many years of my childhood in Dar :)
Tanzania’s economy relies mostly on agriculture, employing 80% of the workforce. The two main natural resources are gold and natural gas. The gas is exported to various markets overseas. Tanzania is also known for its Tanzanite gemstones.
Where in Africa, is Tanzania anyways? I’m glad you asked ;)
As well as years of my childhood spent in Nairobi, my two years of Jr. High were spent there too :)
Kenya’s services sector, which contributes about 61 percent of GDP, is dominated by tourism. The tourism sector has exhibited steady growth in most years since independence and by the late 1980s had become the country’s principal source of foreign exchange.
Where in Africa is Kenya anyways? I’m glad you asked ;)
If you noticed I was heavier on the Eastern countries in Africa, then Gold Star for YOU! I am most familiar with those countries, having actually lived there and walked the streets of the cities. I chose to include the West African city of Lagos because well, I have ties to Nigeria too :)
I encourage you to do your own exploring, and seek out additional information, pictures, REALITY CHECKS on the countries in Africa. This is my small effort to try and help people get a well rounded view about Africa and African nations. To help fill in the blanks from what you usually get shown, or what you usually read about.
Take it from someone who’s been there. Not as a vacationing tourist on Safari, but who’s lived years in Africa: It is like no other place. And no matter where you are from on this planet, you visit anywhere in Africa you are Coming Home :)