Africa Is Not a Country Breaking Stereotypes of Modern Africa

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Publisher's Synopsis

A bright portrait of modern Africa that pushes back against harmful stereotypes to tell a more comprehensive story.

'Warm, funny, biting and essential reading.' Adam Rutherford

'An exhilarating journey through the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes of modern Africa. This book is the history lesson that we all need.' Jeffrey Boakye, Guardian

You already know these stereotypes. So often Africa is depicted simplistically as an arid red landscape of famines and safaris, uniquely plagued by poverty and strife.

In this funny and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective. He examines each country's colonial heritage, and explores a wide range of subjects, from chronicling urban life in Lagos and the lively West African rivalry over who makes the best Jollof rice, to the story of democracy in seven dictatorships and the dangers of stereotypes in popular culture.

By turns intimate and political, Africa Is Not A Country brings the story of the continent towards reality, celebrating the energy and fabric of its different cultures and communities in a way that has never been done before.

'Hilarious, ferocious, generous and convincing. It made me reconsider almost everything I thought I knew about Africa.' Oliver Bullough

'This book should be on the curriculum.' Nikki May, author of Wahala

About the Publisher



Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529114829
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 960.33
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6772
Weight: 280g
Height: 197mm
Width: 126mm
Spine width: 24mm