Dr. Chika Onyeani, Chairman of the Celebrate Africa Foundation Speaks Out Against African Stereotypes

Dr. Chika Onyeani, Chairman of the Celebrate Africa Foundation Dr. Chika Onyeani is an International diplomat, a pace-setting journalist, and a distinguished author. From his current post as Editor-in-Chief of The African Sun Times and his various stations in the worldwide Pan-African Movement, Dr. Onyeani has achieved singularity and honor as one of Africa’s foremost statesmen.

Chika Onyeani was born in a small village, called Okagwe-Ohafia, in Nigeria.  In January 1963, he joined the Diplomatic Service of the Foreign Ministry of the barely three-year old independent Federal Republic of Nigeria. As a diplomat, he was stationed in Dublin, Ireland; London, England; Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; and the United States.

Dr. Onyeani highlights what he calls Americans’ misconceptions about Africa—epitomized by the term “Sub-Saharan Africa” referring to Black Africa. The term segregates Muslim Africa from the rest of Africa.

The African continent has 42 countries and 6 islands—only 5 of which are North of the Sahara Desert in Arab Africa. Americans should think of Africa as a whole. “After all,” says Dr. Onyeani, “We don’t think of the United States as Sub-Canadian North America.”

Listen to why Dr. Onyeani believes we should do away with the term “Sub-Saharan Africa” in the interview below:

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