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Calvin Tagacay

Myth #6: Africa is a country

This is the biggest myth of all. Africa is a continent made up of 54 independent countries and is the world’s oldest populated area. The continent is the second largest in the world and 25% of the independent countries in the world are situated in Africa. Each country has a different social, political and economic structure — some rely on monarchies while others are run by prime ministers.

The people of Africa also speak a plethora of languages (over 2,000 to be exact) — Arabic being the most common. Besides Arabic, the locals also speak Afrikaans, Portuguese, Spanish, French and many other dialects. Some 25% of languages spoken in Africa aren’t spoken in any part of the world and we found that so fascinating.

At the end of the day, every destination deserves a chance and by giving Africa a miss, you’re missing out on an entire continent full of dynamic culture, history, amazing sights and hospitable people. If you let stereotypes affect you and the decisions you make, you might not be able to experience the true beauty of this vast land. Some of the opportunities in Africa cannot be found in the rest of the world and this is why everyone should visit and captivate others by sharing their personal journey to The Motherland.