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ACS 11 Our Images of Africa You will need: Pen and paper A group of 3 or 4. What do you already know about Africa?. Write down the first 5 words that you think of when you hear the word “Africa.” . WARNING. “A picture is worth a thousand words…”.

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  • ACS 11

  • Our Images of Africa

  • You will need:

  • Pen and paper

  • A group of 3 or 4


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What do you already know about Africa?

Write down the first 5 words that you think of when you

hear the word “Africa.”



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“A picture is worth a thousand words…”

Discuss in your groups for 1 minute each:

What messages do the following images send us about life in Africa?

Do you think they are accurate?

How do you react to each picture?












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Nineteenth century philosopher Friedrich Hegel once described Africans as “a people without a history.”

Europeans during this era often referred to Africa as

“The Dark Continent.”

Do you think these are fair statements? Why or why not?

Where do you think these perceptions may have come from?


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Why do we study African heritage? described Africans as “a people without a history.”


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Definitions described Africans as “a people without a history.”

  • Ethnocentrism: Focuses primarily on the experiences and achievements of one culture or national group, and its beliefs and feelings of superiority over others.

  • Eurocentrism: Centered on the perspectives of Europeans and people of European descent


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  • Afrocentrism and Afrocentricity: described Africans as “a people without a history.”Focuses primarily on the experiences and achievements of people of African descent. African history is presented from and African point of view and not European bias. It focuses on African culture and the continual survival and unity of African peoples, irrespective of national borders.

  • Historiography: Methods, theories, and principles of historical writing and research


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What causes change in culture? described Africans as “a people without a history.”


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  • Force of media described Africans as “a people without a history.”

  • Changing styles

  • Blend of cultural traditions


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