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Old 11-08-2017, 08:07 PM
 
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I tend to come across women from different parts of Africa that I have no clue about. I want to know about the rich culture and history of the countries in Africa. For instance, I'm embarrassed to say I never heard of Guinea, Cote D'Ivoire, or Burkina Faso.


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Old 11-08-2017, 09:12 PM
 
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To learn about Africa's current day situation read some books by George Ayittey.


  • Indigenous African Institutions, Transnational Publishers, 1991; 2nd ed., 2004
  • The Blueprint for Ghana's Economic Recovery, Africana Publishers, 1997
  • Africa Betrayed, St. Martinís Press, 1992
  • Africa in Chaos, St. Martinís Press, 1998.[7]
  • Africa Unchained: the blueprint for development, Palgrave/MacMillan, 2004
  • Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyrants in Africa and Around the World published September 2011.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:31 PM
 
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To learn about Africa's current day situation read some books by George Ayittey.


  • Indigenous African Institutions, Transnational Publishers, 1991; 2nd ed., 2004
  • The Blueprint for Ghana's Economic Recovery, Africana Publishers, 1997
  • Africa Betrayed, St. Martinís Press, 1992
  • Africa in Chaos, St. Martinís Press, 1998.[7]
  • Africa Unchained: the blueprint for development, Palgrave/MacMillan, 2004
  • Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyrants in Africa and Around the World published September 2011.

Ok thanks. So reading materials from someone African is a must? And also will these books help me understand the countries and rich culture? I want to be able to converse about African countries with people. I want to know what language they speak and what foods they like. I'm looking through some of these books and imperialism is a constant topic.
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:49 AM
 
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“Things Fall Apart” by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. Marvellous book about African history and culture.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:18 PM
 
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Ok thanks. So reading materials from someone African is a must? And also will these books help me understand the countries and rich culture? I want to be able to converse about African countries with people. I want to know what language they speak and what foods they like. I'm looking through some of these books and imperialism is a constant topic.
I generally recommend reading books about African culture written by actual Africans if possible.

As far as George Ayittey's books. He does cover some of what you're asking about. Ayittey writes a good deal on how dictators and corruption has stagnated development on the continent. He also adds info about Africa's various indigenous institutions and how they could have been modernized to help build African countries.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:55 PM
 
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What Is Wrong with Being Black?: Celebrating Our Heritage, Confronting Our Challenges by Matthew Ashimolowo

It combines both spiritual and natural history of Africa and is very powerful.
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Old 11-12-2017, 01:21 PM
 
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Africa is an entire continent, with a wide variety of countries and cultures. The US is very homogeneous, compared to Africa. I lived in West Africa for 2 years, then worked on and off in East Africa for a bit. Very different experiences.

While it'd be hard to encapsulate that continent into one book, you can browse the Lonely Planet's forum on Africa to get a glimpse of that fascinating place:
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/africa
The nice thing about that forum is the information posted there is usually very up-to-date.
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Old 11-12-2017, 06:58 PM
 
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Africa is an entire continent, with a wide variety of countries and cultures. The US is very homogeneous, compared to Africa. I lived in West Africa for 2 years, then worked on and off in East Africa for a bit. Very different experiences.

While it'd be hard to encapsulate that continent into one book, you can browse the Lonely Planet's forum on Africa to get a glimpse of that fascinating place:
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/africa
The nice thing about that forum is the information posted there is usually very up-to-date.
I grew up in East Africa (Kenya) but spent a couple of years in Liberia. The culture is def. different. And I spent some time in South Africa, which is even more different.

Colonization changed Africa forever, reading about some of the history would be a good start.

The Man-eaters of Tsavo
Don't let's go to the dogs tonight
Long Walk to Freedom
A Long Way Gone
Out of Africa
Blood River

So many good ones out there.
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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"Of Water and Spirit" is a memoir by Malidoma Patrice Some who grew up in Burkina Fasso.
"The Wretched of the Earth" and everything else by Frantz Fannon
"In the House of the Interpreter" and everything else by Ngugi wa Thiong'o - this particular book is a memoir of his life and growing up in the period of the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya.
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Old 12-18-2017, 06:59 AM
 
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"False Start in Africa", written in French by Rene Dumont in 1962, about the time the ex-colonies were emerging as independent states. ("L’Afrique noire est mal partie")
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