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Africa is not a country. I repeat: Africa is not a country. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop many from assuming the world’s second-largest, and second-most-populous, continent is exactly the same from coast to coast.

Thankfully, Africans from the continent are constantly challenging the “single story” that the mainstream media continues to fall back on, despite overwhelming evidence that Africa, like any other continent, is a robust collection of countries and people.

Monday, Africans across the continent (and diaspora) took to Twitter to lovingly—and hilariously—critique the Motherland via #IfAfricaWasABar.

Twitter user Siyanda Panda, a self-described writer and satirist, started the cheeky hashtag that illuminates both the political and cultural differences in Africa’s 54 nations, while also delivering an astute analysis of the effects of colonialism, totalitarianism, and what makes each country unique.

Take a look.

If Africa was a bar what do you think would happen? Share in the comments section below! 

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  • The Tweets are witty without question. It is important to confront false, bigoted stereotypes of Africa with wit and eloquence. If Africa was a bar, people will have misconceptions about the bar, but the people in the bar will show grace, strength, and courage. Africa is a beautiful land with wonderful people. We should always take the time during our lives to learn about African history, African culture, African rivers, African cities and towns, and the other facets of African life.

    Bless Mama Africa.

  • Rizzo

    south africa would have signs separating the bar into 3 very distinct areas: for whites, for coloreds, for blacks.

    • AfroCapricornette

      Four: other Africans. For some silly reason, black S/Afr consider other African countries as ‘Africa’ e.g I’m going to Africa instead of Congo or Ghana etc.

    • Rizzo

      thank you. it is more complicated than i thought.

  • LogicalLeopard

    This is pretty funny, it gives some character and insight to many African nations. Not saying that you can base a term paper off of this, but it’s interesting to get a glimpse on how some Africans perceive their own countries and others. Most importantly, it breaks up the continent in the minds of people who read it, so it doesn’t seem as monolithic as it is portrayed. Makes me want to seek out some articles to learn more.

    • AfroCapricornette

      It is very witty. It mockingly shows how countries see themselves and each other as well as our diversity. Mine would be: Egypt would pretend to not be a part of the group. Egyptians calling themselves middle-easterners since time immemorial lol.

    • LogicalLeopard

      So, like a person at the bar who says, “I’m only here because my friends dragged me here. I really hang out at the Middle Eastern bar! I really shouldn’t even be here” *L*

    • AfroCapricornette

      Lmao! You got it down pat! “But if there are free drinks at this African bar, I’m down for it”. Lol.