Africa

Further to a post about the countries where this blog has not yet been read, I received a communication, below, from the Khoisan People Identification Army. In fact, a wake up call.

KPIA Response to ‘White Space’ post, in full:

My instant concern lies with the trio of landlocked countries, Botswana, Zambia and Malawi. I feel not enough focus has been exercised here, as is evidenced in your blog when you refer to the 54 countries of this great continent not by their individual names, like the other countries that you mention, but merely collectively as ‘Africa’.
One of the most frustrating things for the good people of Gaberone, or Blantyre, or even Lusaka, just so you understand, is for old colonials to think that Africa, the mighty Africa, the birthplace of humankind, is one country.
I feel a more focused approach, and a little more understanding, may increase your readership within these nations.
Yours sincerely,
The Khosan People’s Identification Army
END

– As you may know, but as I didn’t know, the Khoisan are the oldest people in southern Africa and have a history of dispossession. They set up a party in 2016 with the aim of recovering their land. –

Well, that told me. Seriously, though, I am ignorant of Africa. Why? I’ve only been to Morocco and Tunisia, I have always wanted to travel elsewhere, and Africa felt very unfamiliar. Second largest and second most populous continent, 1,200,000,000 people and me, a resident of a former colonial power, can’t be bothered to detail the countries where this blog has been read.

I could not locate and name about 25 African countries. Here is a map.

africa-political-map-large

I have grouped the countries according to the African Union regions. The African Union is headquartered in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Yes indicates that the blog has been read at least once in a country.

Regions_of_the_African_Union

North

Algeria – Yes
Egypt – Yes
Libya
Mauritania
Morocco – Yes
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara)
Tunisia – Yes

Southern

Angola – Yes
Botswana
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Namibia – Yes
South Africa – Yes
Swaziland
Zambia
Zimbabwe – Yes

East

Comoros
Djibouti
Ethiopia – Yes
Eritrea
Kenya – Yes
Madagascar
Mauritius – Yes
Rwanda
Seychelles
Somalia
South Sudan – Yes
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda

West

Benin
Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde – Yes
Côte d’Ivoire – Yes
Gambia
Ghana – Yes
Guinea-Bissau
Guinea
Liberia
Mali
Niger
Nigeria – Yes
Senegal – Yes
Sierra Leone
Togo

Central

Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo Republic
DR Congo
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
São Tomé and Príncipe

The blog has only been read greater than ten times in South Africa and Nigeria, and just once in most of the other countries. It’s only been looked at in 16 of the 54 countries. Some readers are based in other countries. It’s never been read in the entire Centre region.

The KPIA representative is correct; I need to rethink things if I want to have readers in Africa, clearly non-homogenous in itself.

 

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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