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How Africa and African rulers saved Judaism, Christianity and Islam from extinction.

The Abrahamic religions, are a group of Semitic-originated religious groups of faith. They claim their lineage from the Judaism of the ancient Israelites. They all worship the God of Abraham. The Abrahamic religions are monotheistic. Abraham is a major biblical figure from The Old Testament, which is recognized by Jews, Christians and Muslims. All three Abrahamic religions were saved from extinction by Africa and African rulers in several critical stages of their growths.

Africa rescues Jacob and his children from starvation

Jacob and his family

Jacob later given the name Israel, is regarded as a Patriarch of the Israelites. According to the Book of Genesis, Jacob was the third Hebrew progenitor with whom God made a covenant. He is the son of Isaac and Rebecca, the grandson of Abraham, Sarah and Bethuel. He was the nephew of Ishmael, and the younger twin brother of Esau. Jacob had twelve sons who would later become the 12 tribes of Israel.

There was a severe famine in the Middle East like none other that lasted seven years. The famine was so severe that nations were left paralyzed. Word out was that Egypt was the only prospering kingdom. Joseph, the son of Jacob was the governor of all Egypt during this famine period. He told his brothers who had come to Egypt to procure food supplies that they should bring their entire family to Egypt. The brothers heeded to his advice and convinced their father Jacob to migrate to Egypt. When they arrived in Egypt the pharaoh honoured their stay. They stayed in Egypt through the famine years and beyond.

Pharoah Taharqa saves the Hebrew people from slaughter

Pharoah Taharqa

Taharqa, was a pharaoh of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty of Egypt and king of the Kingdom of Kush (present day Sudan). He reigned from 690 BC to 664 BC. In approximately 701 BCE, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, attacked the fortified cities of the Kingdom of Judah in a campaign of conquest. Sennacherib attacked Jerusalem, but failed to capture it because he was routed by Taharqa and his army. This was the only instance that Sennachreib attacked a city but failed to capture it. Furthermore, this feat as the saviour of the Hebrew people is recognised in the bible (Isaiah 37:8-9, & 2 Kings 19:8-9) .

Africa enabled the birth of Christianity

Flight into Egypt

The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 2:13–23) and the New Testament apocrypha recounts the flight into Egypt. The flight into Egypt refers to the fleeing of Mary and infant Jesus to Egypt to escape from King Herod who was looking to kill him. King Herod was afraid that infant Jesus would threaten his throne and seeked to kill him. Before he could get to Jesus, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Jesus and Mary to Egypt. Mary and Jesus then fled to Egypt. They returned from Egypt after the death of Herod.

Ethiopia ACCOMMODATES and protects Muhammed’s first followers (the Sahabahs)

Sahabahs discussing

Prophet Muhammed’s first followers seeked refuge in Ethiopia to fled persecution from the ruling Quraysh tribe of Mecca. The prophet advised his companions to fled to Ethiopia because of the affliction they faced in Mecca. Muhammed chose Ethiopia because the king would not tolerate injustice and the country was hospitable. A further illustration of the hospitality of the Ethiopian king was that he was a Christian yet he accommodated the Muslims. The companions stayed in Ethiopia till conditions were safe in Mecca.

Africa is the origin of man, the pioneer of civilization and the saviour of all Abrahamic religions. Africa is also the progenitor of the concept of monotheism. It was the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten who came up with the concept of monotheism, which is the foundation of all Abrahamic religions.

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33 African countries are more peaceful than the United States according to the 2019 Global Peace Index rankings

According to the 2019 Global Peace Index rankings, 33 African countries are more peaceful than the United States.

Media bias against Africa

Africa is often depicted in the media as a conflict-ridden continent. The media loves news that shows depressing stories and just misery towards the continent. This media depiction of Africa by journalists satisfies the schadenfreude urge of their audience. Schadenfreude is the pleasure derived from learning of someone’s misery or misfortunes. Images of starving African children and child soldiers are omnipresent in online media. This portrayal of Africa causes the rest of the world to pity Africans. In the minds of many, Africa is just an aid-dependent continent on the verge of collapsing.

According to research from McGill University, humans are drawn to depressing stories due to a negativity bias. Negativity bias according to researchers is our eagerness to hear and recall depressing news. Indeed this human bias does play a role in the poor depiction of Africa by the media but additional factors could also play a role. More research needs to be done to identify other reasons for the bad media portrayal of Africa.

The negative impacts of poor media depiction

Africa also tends to be viewed as just one “country” of homogeneous people. This is wrong on so many levels. According to research, Africa is the most diverse continent in the world. Due to this wrong perception, when conflict occurs in Somalia or South Sudan this is usually extrapolated to encompass the whole African continent.

The distorted portrayal of Africa by the global media has several negative impacts on the continent and its people. Africa is seen by many as the continent of black people. Often, North Africa tends to be grouped with the Middle East. As a result, black people are perceived as violent especially by people who have minimal contact with them.

For example, someone from a Chinese city might have never encountered a black person but due to poor media image, he/she would perceive black people as violent. This is a major cause of discrimination.

In addition, Africa is also perceived by many as comprising of failed states. With this depiction, a potential investor would shy away from investing in the continent resulting in loss of potential jobs and revenues. Furthermore, it makes the rest of the world view Africans as incapable of running a country successfully and only in need of foreign aid which is far from the truth.

African media and content creators should tell their own stories

If African countries are perceived as safe, it would have numerous benefits. Firstly, investors (both African and foreign) will be more eager to expand their businesses to African countries and create jobs. Africa needs investments that will create jobs and not foreign aid. Hence, it is immensely important to attract investments in the continent.

Furthermore, the tourism industry would also grow because most of the African countries are immensely beautiful. There is a growing middle-class population on the continent but most of them would rather spend their holidays outside the continent due to not knowing the beauty of their own continent.

Against this backdrop, it is imperative that African media tell their own stories which they are severely found wanting in. Content creators should also seize this opportunity to make their African stories known to the rest of the world. Movie industries such as Nollywood should do more and expand their movie genres too. African content creators are therefore urged to go to the next level by using these opportunities to create beautiful content about the continent and its people and market it worldwide.

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