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    (Original post by childofthesun)
    Soooo hey guys!
    Just thought I'd make a thread where you can ask any questions about what it's like living in an African country as a non-native ,or anything else like that.

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    no I don't speak African


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    Do you watch Nollywood?
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    Oh, the stereotypical view?I blame our media.Africa is not a poverty slum area like they portray.If you watch Nollywood you will see how beautiful the houses are there?
    i feel like you're being very hostile. i have come to learn about africa. i want to know how the average person lives in West Africa.
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    i feel like you're being very hostile. i have come to learn about africa. i want to know how the average person lives in West Africa.


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    I apologise I don't intend to be hostile.It's just that when people say Africa negative connotations tend to come up which is annoying as it's not the full picture.
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    (Original post by og.east)
    i feel like you're being very hostile. i have come to learn about africa. i want to know how the average person lives in West Africa.


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    I haven't been back in Africa since I was little so Im not fully sure about the last sentence though.
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    (Original post by og.east)
    what are the houses like? i do kind of think of africa as nothing but mut huts and fields and mud and stuff.
    Goes without saying that it varies drastically depending on where in the country..

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Plate...ed=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Rivie...btnG=&tbm=isch

    But in the more deprived parts you will find tiny huts etc..
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    I apologise I don't intend to be hostile.It's just that when people say Africa negative connotations tend to come up which is annoying as it's not the full picture.
    it is annoying for me as well because i know it can't be what it's really like. literally the only thing we see of africa in the news in the UK is poverty and disease. if we see anything positive it is of african children clapping and singing. this is 100% all we see.
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    (Original post by childofthesun)
    Goes without saying that it varies drastically depending on where in the country..

    www.google.com/search?q=Plateau+Abidjan&prmd=iv nsm&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei =8EHWVMPNOI7datOPgOgL&ved=0CAYQ_ AUoAQ

    www.google.com/search?q=Riviera+3+Abidjan&btnG= &tbm=isch

    But in the more deprived parts you will find tiny huts etc..
    ok thank you for this. do you live in a "nice" area? is there much crime where you are? what are the police like?
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    (Original post by og.east)
    it is annoying for me as well because i know it can't be what it's really like. literally the only thing we see of africa in the news in the UK is poverty and disease. if we see anything positive it is of african children clapping and singing. this is 100% all we see.


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    Yeah I agree.I remember sometimes in school when I was in Ireland people thought Africa was a country and I'm just like facepalm.
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    (Original post by Kadak)
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    How do the black population in Ivory Coast view you? I'm not sure about Ivory Coast but people with light skin in Nigeria are seen as the ideal beauty standard and your Lebanese (#bestlookinggirls out there) so just wondering?
    People are generally very friendly but its not like my family are new expats, Lebanese people have been in Ivory Coast(and other countries in West Africa) since the early 20th century, so here people are used to us lol.
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    Is there alot of cocoa in Ivory Coast? I heard they are the largest producer of cocoa.
    Yesssss!!
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    Do you watch Nollywood?
    Not really haha
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    I want to ask are you accepted in Africa despite not being a native?
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    How's life for muslims in Ivory Coast?
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    (Original post by og.east)
    ok thank you for this. do you live in a "nice" area? is there much crime where you are? what are the police like?
    Yes
    A little! Thefts aren't uncommon, but I'd say it's relatively safe. Other parts of the city..not so much

    The police are mostly ineffective tbh..
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    How's life for muslims in Ivory Coast?
    Normal.. I think there's a slightly higher percentage of Muslims than Christians here
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    (Original post by childofthesun)
    Normal.. I think there's a slightly higher percentage of Muslims than Christians here


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    Oh, interesting never knew that, thought Christians were the majority?
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    (Original post by childofthesun)
    Yes
    A little! Thefts aren't uncommon, but I'd say it's relatively safe. Other parts of the city..not so much

    The police are mostly ineffective tbh..
    what is employment like? do most people work? do you plan to ever leave and move to another country?
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    I want to ask are you accepted in Africa despite not being a native?
    Difficult to answer..

    Overall I'd say yes.People are generally friendly and accepting of non natives,but I don't think non natives will ever fully be welcomed and accepted if that makes sense? Like for e.g. after any political uprising(like the 2004/2011 civil war),non-natives are particularly targeted. French schools burnt down, foreigner owned shops looted.But the natives suffer most at these times, so idk
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    Oh, interesting never knew that, thought Christians were the majority?
    38% of population are Muslims, and 32% Christians
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    (Original post by childofthesun)
    38% of population are Muslims, and 32% Christians
    Why are you muslim?


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