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Business Languages In Africa

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"The Main Languages of Business in Africa."


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This web site shown the main languages in Africa, in the Northern part of Africa the main languages is Arabic because of the influence of Middle east. The Wast part of Africa speaks Arabic and  French. The Eastern and Southern part speaks mostly English and Portuguese. This web site help me know about Africa more because now I know that the colonial in the 1800's change their business languages now. That this article is quite interesting because I learn that things from the pass is affecting now, from this Map I learn that which empire conquer which part of Africa.

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Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 6, 2015 10:46 PM

This map is a simple but powerful one. Africa is the continent that contains the most nations (53), yet it uses only six languages for business. Not surprisingly, all of the languages (with the exception of Arabic) are European in origin. Clearly, the effects of colonialism are still felt around the world in former colonies. The languages that were forced upon various African countries by their colonizers have endured and become the main languages of business in their respective countries. What is just as unfortunate as the roots of colonialism holding fast, if not more so, is the absence of any indigenous languages being used as the language of business in any of the countries of Africa. While using a business language that is spoken by much of the world is surely a matter of practicality and logistics, it is still robbing African countries of their heritage and culture to some degree.

 

This brings up the issue of globalization and how it is constantly at odds with the preservation of culture and tradition. In order for Africa (or any continent or region or country) to function in the modern world, it must be capable of conducting business in a language that is spoken by its business partners. The ability to do business with virtually any person, company, or country in the world is an obviously invaluable one. At the same time, however, it allows for the subtle and gradual erasure of unique culture and traditions. So while it would be ideal for cultural preservation for countries to conduct business in their indigenous languages, it seems to be a necessary evil for smaller and less influential countries to adopt the languages of their more powerful and influential business partners if they wish to survive in today's world. 

Chris Costa's curator insight, October 29, 2015 4:24 PM

The lingering effects of colonialism, so strongly relevant in every aspect of African ways of life, are perhaps most evident in the "lingua franca" of African nations today. With a multitude of different ethnicities and languages in use in every African nation today, the result of the arbitrarily drawn national borders made by European colonizers, necessitates the use of the one language that's commonly spoken across every independent nation- a European tongue. This system, while a necessity in today's world, is a solution that no one is quite happy with. It reminds Africans of all ages of the power still held by their colonizers over their everyday lives, a stark reminder of the horrors of the previous century at every business meeting and every exchange of goods. This harms the national psyche of each nation, as well as undermining the importance and pride Africans deservedly maintain in their own native languages. European-made borders, however, make it difficult to find another, native language that every ethnic group can agree upon. As a result, the European languages are still in use in Africa, and will most likely still be in use for some time to come. It's a system that no one likes but, for the time being, everyone must accept as reality.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 30, 2015 7:26 AM

This map is a great resource in showing the diversity of language in Africa. Of course, this map discounts the many native African languages. It instead focuses on the language of business in the continent. That language, has been influence by the European colonization of Africa. The chosen language of business is often tied to the colonizer of the region. The diversity of language in Africa is staggering to say the least.  

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German rifles may land in child soldiers' hands - Deutsche Welle

German rifles may land in child soldiers' hands - Deutsche Welle | Life of Africa | Scoop.it
German rifles may land in child soldiers' hands
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As a young boy, Michael was forced to become a soldier in his home country, Sierra Leone, where he fought against rebel forces for five years.
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This article is about Children soldiers who fight in Sierra Leone, and they are using weapons from Germany. This article help me understand Africa more because in our book "A long way gone" Ishmeal fought in the Sierra Leone's civil war, so I learn more about the background information and the weapon that they used. In the book it said that they were using AK's but in this article I learn that they also used G3 and G36 which is my favorite rifles. I think that the topic is helpful because it let me know more about the civil war in Sierra Leone and it is ironic that Germany is accepting child soldiers who used their weapons to fight the civil war.

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Man named on 'top 200' gay list

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A person named in a Ugandan tabloid newspaper's list of '200 top homosexuals' speaks anonymously to the BBC about the impact of the country's tough new anti-gay laws. (Uganda fails in gay rights.
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This short article is about the anti-gay laws that had just past at Uganda. Those people who had same-sex marriage will be punish for a life sentence. This article helps me understand Africa by knowing that in Uganda the president Yoweri Museveni had  establish the anti-gay law right before the election. He said that the scientist  can not prove that human are born gay, it is the will of those people who chose to be gay. But in reality there are some people who are born gay, they can't help them self. I personally don't support gay, but I am not strongly against it. People have there free will on who to love, we shouldn't go against them just because they are different than the others. We should be far and give them what what they deserve which is their free will. I think that what the Uganda president did was wrong, because it is inhuman and it is against the United Nation human right policy. The government is interrupting the privacy of those people and against their free will, just because they had different thought about who they love.They should be punish for it. Although I don't support homosexual but I support the human right and the free will.

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Cairo bomb attack injures six policemen - eNCA

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Cairo bomb attack injures six policemen
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CAIRO - Six Egyptian policemen were wounded in a bomb attack in Cairo on Friday, hours before clashes between police and Islamist protesters in several cities killed at least one person, officials said.
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In this week we learn about issues for Africa today, I feel like there is one think missing in that section. It is riot and protest, most of the time went you turn on your TV to News channel maybe you will notice that there is riot somewhere in Africa. People is always hating  other who think differently or have different believe then them. For example Islamic fundamentalist, genocide, religious execution etc... I am glad that I am fair away from the war zone, and don' t have to face all those problem.

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