Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent by Faloyin, Dipo
Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent -- Dipo Faloyin - Hardcover
Dipo Faloyin

Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent -- Dipo Faloyin - Hardcover

So often, Africa has been depicted simplistically as a uniform land of famines and safaris, poverty and strife, stripped of all nuance. In this bold and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective, weaving a vibrant tapestry of stories that bring to life Africa's rich diversity, communities, and histories.

Starting with an immersive description of the lively and complex urban life of Lagos, Faloyin unearths surprising truths about many African countries' colonial heritage and tells the story of the continent's struggles with democracy through seven dictatorships. With biting wit, he takes on the phenomenon of the white savior complex and brings to light the damage caused by charity campaigns of the past decades, revisiting such cultural touchstones as the KONY 2012 film. Entering into the rivalries that energize the continent, Faloyin engages in the heated debate over which West African country makes the best jollof rice and describes the strange, incongruent beauty of the African Cup of Nations. With an eye toward the future promise of the continent, he explores the youth-led cultural and political movements that are defining and reimagining Africa on their own terms.

The stories Faloyin shares are by turns joyful and enraging; proud and optimistic for the future even while they unequivocally confront the obstacles systematically set in place by former colonial powers. Brimming with humor and wit, filled with political insights, and, above all, infused with a deep love for the region, Africa Is Not a Country celebrates the energy and particularity of the continent's different cultures and communities, treating Africa with the respect it deserves.

Author: Dipo Faloyin
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 09/06/2022
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.02lbs
Size: 8.44h x 5.78w x 1.32d
ISBN: 9780393881530

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 04/01/2022 pg. 11
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2022
Publishers Weekly 08/15/2022
Booklist 08/01/2022 pg. 14
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