HI 130 A
18 January 2013
What I Hear When Someone Says Africa
When I hear the word Africa everything that comes to mind is about its culture, land and people. Its culture is very different from other regions around the world because in Africa they have different ways of getting food. Africa’s land is varied in the seprate parts of the continent like north and south. The African people live differently the most, depending on what area they live in, the land is rules what they live by.
Much of Africa’s culture centers on family and the ethnic group. In certain parts of Africa they still hunt for food because that is a ritual for them and is a part of their culture. Some people still live in little huts in the middle of the desert with wild animals. Most of the food they eat in Africa is either meat that some tribes catch and cook or in other parts they have grown food and beef or what Americans would think of as regular food. Africa’s language is very diverse; there are an estimated 2000 languages spoken in Africa today. The languages of Africa are a diverse set of languages, many of which bear little relation to one another. European language has a great deal of influence due to the recent history of colonization.
Africa’s land is the second largest continent. It has a total area of about 11,750,000 miles and it makes up a fifth of the earth's landmass, nearly 5,000 miles from north to south and about 4700 miles from east to west. The equator cuts the continent's north and south axis in two almost equal halves. Africa is mostly divided into two regions with the Sahara, the world's largest desert, the part north of the Sahara, extending right up to the Mediterranean Sea and containing countries such as Egypt, Libya and Algeria, and the much bigger sub Saharan region, extending to the coasts of South Africa and including large countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and The Sudan.