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Old 07-30-2016, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Just a little perspective here: I've been going to Africa for over 30 years, with a 4 week minimum annual commitment to aid work each year. Virtually all of these pictures are from the financial centers of a half dozen rich capitals. Even those skyscrapers are so poorly constructed - funds diverted to sundry pocketbooks - that they have very short useful lives.


So many bright lights, yet 42% of Africans don't even have access to electricity. (Note: I didn't say "electricity in their homes", I said "access". Many countries - whole countries - are in the singe digits. Access to electricity (% of population) | Data


Almost 700 million in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to sanitation. WHO | Key facts from JMP 2015 report
62 percent of all Africa has no access to a toilet.
6 in 10 Africans remain without access to proper toilet: poor sanitation threatens public health | Press centre | UNICEF


For me, the beauty of Africa is the peoples of the continent, not something the West (a bank, an oil company, Hilton) has planted, and not a tyrant's self-glorifying palace.


I don't mean to take away (too much) from anyone's enjoyment of these Disney shots. But I do want to keep some perspective so that the efforts and needs of the many people (mostly volunteer) that I work with are not supported. As pictures, they're great. As representations of Africa...
Thank you for sharing this information; quite enlightening. Not to derail the thread, but I would be interested in hearing some of the things you do to aid those in need when you travel there? And a little off topic but...are you retired? I was wondering how you can commit to at least 4 weeks abroad (i.e. I only get 3 total vacation weeks a year)...
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:38 AM
 
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@PBob, I don't know if you saw, read but ignored or didn't even bother reading the first post of which I'm sure would explain why there aren't any pics of starving insufficiently clothed African kids or people living in such harrowing slums that one tends to wonder how.

There are slums of course in Africa, just as there are slums in America, Europe etc. It's just that those in Africa tend to be much larger, more in number, a lot dirtier and are well covered by the media. There are good, clean and developed districts and Estates in Africa, just as there are such in Europe, Asia, America etc. It's just that the African ones are smaller in size, a lot fewer in numbers and are hardly covered by the International media. This thread's purpose was to give some consideration to the latter. I know you meant to say what you saw but that's not only derailing the thread but actually trolling which I believe wasn't your intention.
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:06 PM
 
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I accidentally came to this thread when I missclicked on mobile. Algiers, Oran, Windhoek, and the cities of South Africa here look stunning.

That said, a lot of the other cities look blend like some smaller American cities or Seoul prior to the late 2000s.
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:31 PM
 
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Nice pics indeed
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Old 03-20-2018, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Katy,Texas
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https://www.google.com/maps/@6.45711...7i13312!8i6656

One of the most amazing views you can get of a built up area of Lagos. Density here is pretty close to 100,000 ppsm, if the buildings and this area was redeveloped would be the most gorgeous urban area in Subsaharan Africa IMO, with the apartment buildings and small roads.

https://www.google.com/maps/@5.65120...6!9m2!1b1!2i38

Legon University- gorgeous when I went there but can't currently find my pictures, based on Japanese architecture.

https://www.google.com/maps/@5.62232...i13312!8i6656- cool unique african architecture, would be even cooler if they had an entire district that looks like this, made for lower income people.

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Old 03-20-2018, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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If you were handed a random stack of these photos uncaptioned, and asked what continent they were on, how many would you guess were Africa? They are not really indicative photos of Africa at all, they are just evidence that from skyline distance, all the world cities look pretty much the same, regardless how hey differ up close and on the groiund.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:49 AM
 
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If you were handed a random stack of these photos uncaptioned, and asked what continent they were on, how many would you guess were Africa? They are not really indicative photos of Africa at all, they are just evidence that from skyline distance, all the world cities look pretty much the same, regardless how hey differ up close and on the groiund.
It deepens how on how good some is with geography, some people are extremely dumbfounded and wouldn't register Africa simply cause they didn't know cities were in Africa.

but Architecture, cityscape lay out and environment you can tell cities apart especially what region there in.

Capetown is recognizable because the table top mountains.

https://cache-graphicslib.viator.com...eth-287282.jpg
I also call tell by some of the building

https://cities-today.com/wp-content/...a0b00e94_b.jpg

Lagos is tropical, chaotic, multiple Islands and waterways.


https://i1.wp.com/estateintel.com/wp...00%2C480&ssl=1

https://i2.wp.com/elizabethrevents.c...20%2C571&ssl=1


Cairo is in desert, a lot of brown building and has the Pyramids in thr back ground.

https://images-cdn.9gag.com/photo/arbe6LV_700b.jpg


http://www.pakinamwrites.com/wp-cont...v-pyramids.jpg

Nairobi the safari

https://www.kenyavisaonline.com/imag...urban-life.jpg

https://d2g6byanrj0o4m.cloudfront.ne...c2d2ea39_k.jpg
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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It deepens how on how good some is with geography, some people are extremely dumbfounded and wouldn't register Africa simply cause they didn't know cities were in Africa.

but Architecture, cityscape lay out and environment you can tell cities apart especially what region there in.

Capetown is recognizable because the table top mountains.

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Lagos is tropical, chaotic, multiple Islands and waterways.

/snip

Cairo is in desert, a lot of brown building and has the Pyramids in thr back ground.

/snip

Nairobi the safari

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Awesome pics! Thanks
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Old 03-23-2018, 04:08 PM
 
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BINGOOOOO!!! Well said i know it's an old thread but you hit it right on the head.
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Old 03-25-2018, 05:44 PM
 
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Very nice pictures!!!!!!
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