Africa Is Not A Country: Breaking Stereotypes of Modern Africa (Paperback)Dipo Faloyin (author)
Brimming with humour and intellect, Faloyin's fascinating volume mines the rich and varied span of histories and cultures of the continent's many countries, delivering a punchy corrective against lazy sterotypes of Africa.
Africa Is Not A Country is a bright portrait of modern Africa that pushes back against harmful stereotypes to tell a more comprehensive story.
You already know these stereotypes. So often Africa is depicted simplistically as an arid red landscape of famines and safaris, uniquely plagued by poverty and strife.
In this funny and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective. He examines each country's colonial heritage, and explores a wide range of subjects, from chronicling urban life in Lagos and the lively West African rivalry over who makes the best Jollof rice, to the story of democracy in seven dictatorships and the dangers of stereotypes in popular culture.
By turns intimate and political, Africa Is Not A Country brings the story of the continent towards reality, celebrating the energy and fabric of its different cultures and communities in a way that has never been done before.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
'This book should be on the curriculum.' - Nikki May, author of Wahala
'A triumph of a book. A charismatic and hugely enjoyable read packed full of essential information - revealing a huge vastly diverse set of stories, situations and histories that really do pop the balloon of lazy stereotyping of Africa. You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't read this.' - Nels Abbey, author of Think Like a White Man
'An impeccably researched work, brimming with humor and intellect. A necessary read for 2022.' - JK Chukwu, author of The Unfortunates
'This book is hilarious, ferocious, generous and convincing. It made me reconsider almost everything I thought I knew about Africa, which is somewhere we often hear about, but far too rarely hear from.' - Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland
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