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7 random photos that portray the Africa you need to know

7 random photos that portray the Africa you need to know

Because Africa -as we all know- has repeatedly been boxed as a place of great disadvantage, a place enveloped by war, famine and disease, it is vital that narratives disputing this idea are constantly propagated.

Alexander McCall Smith said; It was a good thing to be an African. There were terrible things that happened in Africa, things that brought shame and despair when one thought about them, but that was not all there was in Africa. However great the suffering of the people of Africa, however harrowing the cruelty and chaos brought about by soldiers—small boys with guns, really—there was still so much in Africa from which one could take real pride. There was the kindness, for example, and the ability to smile, and the art and the music.

One way we believe to be effective in broadening the worlds perspective of Africa is through the lense. Today we bring you 7 random photos that portray the Africa you need to know, alongside a beautiful collection of famous as well as inspiring quotes on Africa.


“The drums of Africa still beat in my heart, they will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth”- Mary McLeod Bethune

Photo: Gap year

“If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me?” – Karen Blixen

“I have loved no part of the world like this and I have loved no women as I love you. You’re my human Africa. I love your smell as I love these smells. I love your dark bush as I love the bush here, you change with the light as this place does” – Graham Greene

Photo: Sarah Marie

“The continent is too large to describe. It is a veritable ocean, a separate planet, a varied, immensely rich cosmos. Only with the greatest simplification, for the sake of convenience, can we say ‘Africa’. – Ryszard Kapuściński

Photo: National Geographic, Nursing students in Freetown waiting to write their final exams and proceed to help fight ebola

“Africa had a way of coming back and simply covering everything up again.” – Alexander McCall Smith

Photo: Koen Hauser for Vlisco. Strong House style

Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just ‘home.” – Beryl Markham

Photo: Komaar


“..for Africa was in a way none of them could explain linked up with heaven and they thought of the two places with the same reverence and ultimate longing.” – Elizabeth Yates

Photo: Christof Kopese

Featured Image: Jake Stimpson

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7 random photos that portray the Africa you need to know

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