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Does it rain all the time in Africa?

It does not rain all the time in Africa. There are parts of the continent that do experience heavy rainfall like Debuncha, a small town in the coastal region of Cameroon, West Africa, which receives an average of 400 inches of rainfall a year. There are other parts that experience a lot of dryness, like the northern parts of most African countries, because of their desert and sandy nature. Northern Cameroon, or Nigeria, for example, is drier than the rest of the country.

Africa is blessed with two main seasons: the dry, and the rainy season. During the dry season, there is almost no rain in most parts of the continent, which is why droughts do occur from time to time in some areas, but then in the rainy season it rains almost daily, although with long enough pauses to permit people to go about their businesses, on foot even. It is, in any case, usually muddy during the rainy season on the one hand, and dusty during the dry season on the other. In most parts of Africa, the weather conditions are not extreme, contrary to popular Western opinion. Only when there are droughts can one make such claims, and droughts are not that widespread.

Does it snow in Africa?

Freezing temperatures that bring about snow are, generally speaking, alien to the continent of Africa, except at the very top of mountainous peaks like the Kilimanjaro and other very high regions in the northern parts of the continent where winter temperatures flit around just somewhere above freezing. In low-lying regions, the closest to snow is probably a heavy downpour of hailstones in cold places, even then, because of the warm conditions, such rare compact carpets of hailstones do not last long on the surface of the earth before they thaw.

What is the landscape of Africa like, is it all jungles?

This is another Western myth; Africa is not all jungles. There are flat, deep, and hilly patches on this continent: the savannahs or grassy plateaus, mountains and imposing hilly territories, the sandy or desert regions of the continent, and the lush jungles of Africa. Africa's landscape is richly diverse, but because of how the continent has been repeatedly—almost compulsively—described by Western writers who have come to have a parochial and rather pathetic picture of Africa, the continent is always presented as composing of nothing else but jungles. George S. Fichter describes the varied African territory beginning from the western coast thus:

The western coast of the immense continent of Africa bulges far into the Atlantic Ocean, its underside close to the equator. Most of this hump's southern shores are low with lagoons and mangrove swamps that give way to steamy jungles. Farther inland, the land rises to grassy plateaus and, in a few places, mountainous highlands. The land then slopes downwards again first into bush and grassy country, the savannahs, and finally into the broad sandy bowl of the great Sahara Desert. (1)

In the same vein, William Mark Habeeb has pointed out, "Africa is one of the most geographically diverse of all the continents. It contains everything from snowcapped mountain peaks to grassy plains (known as savannahs), dense rain forests, vast deserts, and long, stretching rivers" (12 writer's emphasis). Despite this variety emphasized by so many writers, the jungles of Africa which do not constitute that much of the landmass seem to be Africa's most appealing feature to Western senses. Along the lines of the peoples of Africa and their culture, Habeeb's words are equally revealing:

The common perception is that Africa is socially and culturally homogenous. Nothing could be further from the truth. Africa is an incredibly diverse continent: over 3,000 distinct ethnic groups, each with its own culture and traditions, call Africa home, and more than 800 languages are spoken there. Africans worship in churches, mosques, Hindu temples, and synagogues — and many still practice their ethnic group's traditional religion. While a majority of Africans are black, a significant number of them trace their roots to India, Europe, and the Arab world. (51)

One can only think then, that the love to denigrate Africa has a certain bizarre soothing effect on some people. How else can one explain this seemingly overpowering love to present Africa in a most negative light by the West especially—Africa's jungles as opposed to Western cities, Africa's huts as opposed to Western skyscrapers, Africa's third world standards as opposed to Western civilized standards. The Prime Minister of Britain, Tony Blair, decrying the bombings in London, spoke about people coming there in search of better living conditions; he must have forgotten that these foreigners only discovered Britain thanks to Britain's invasion of the former's nations through adventurers; an invasion which climaxed into the colonial era. In the words of Chinua Achebe (Arrow 148), Britain brought home ant-infested faggots so why are they surprised when lizards begin visiting them? Had British adventurers in search of wealth and territorial expansion not invaded and colonized different countries of the world, they would not have seen these different peoples visiting and laying claim to England today, not in these large numbers. No, Africa is not all jungles.

 
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