The real size of Africa

We believe many of you know that the size of Africa that we see on several maps is distorted to make Africa look smaller without fully encapsulating its land mass. The most common justification for this distortion is that there is a difficulty getting the round 3D earth onto a flat 2D map. Although this may hold some water, there are many maps such as the one below that are more accurate in their depictions of the land size of Africa.

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Maps are important because they assist in the navigation of the world and they also show us what things are valued and what things are seen as unimportant. Due to colonisation of curriculums, education, script and maps, people have continued to use maps that reduce the size and the relevance of Africa on a global scale. We believe that the time has come to change our lens and to focus on the true capacities of Africans influenced by the mere landmass our continent takes up in this world. This is one of our goals at the Africa Center in which we want to emphasise Black Consciousness and highlight the greatness of Africa and its people. The bigger the better!

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Zambian Election

On the 12th of August 2021 Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) was democratically elected as the new president of Zambia. We are excited to see what this leader will do for the country. We believe that this is a great step for Zambia. Congratulations!

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African Students Nite

Locally, we are planning a students nite for all the African students and their friends who want to meet and create more of a community in the city. Registration is still open to all those interested! The event will be held on Friday the 10th of September 2021.

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As always we have many exciting events lined up for you at the Africa Center Hong Kong, here is the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. Feel free to pass by! One such event is the African Literatures Book Club.

Book Club

Our book club that meets every three to four weeks is in full swing with our next book in three weeks time. We will be reading ‘The Wretched of the Earth’ by Frantz Fanon. That gives you enough time to read and join us!

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