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  • Published: 12 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787302969
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $35.00

Africa Is Not A Country

Breaking Stereotypes of Modern Africa




Definitive proof that Africa is *not* a country. A lively, entertaining and informative portrait of modern Africa that pushes back against harmful stereotypes to tell a more comprehensive, personal story.

'This book should be on the curriculum.' Nikki May, author of WAHALA
Africa Is Not A Country is a bright portrait of modern Africa that pushes back against harmful stereotypes to tell a more comprehensive story.

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.

  • Published: 12 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787302969
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Dipo Faloyin

Dipo Faloyin is a Senior Editor (Global) at Vice. He spent the last three years building the magazine' coverage across Europe, Middle East and Africa. His writing has also appeared in Dazed, Prospect, The Huffington Post, Refinery 29 and others.

Praise for Africa Is Not A Country

Hilarious, ferocious, generous and convincing.

Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland and Butler to the World

Impeccably researched...brimming with humor and intellect. A necessary read for 2022.

JK Chukwu, author of The Unfortunates

A triumph of a book...charismatic and hugely enjoyable...You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't read this.

Nels Abbey, author of Think Like a White Man

This book should be on the curriculum.

Nikki May, author of Wahala

A brilliant, prescient exploration of a richly complex continent. An antidote for our times.

Irenosen Okojie, author of Nudibranch

Warm, funny, biting and essential reading.

Adam Rutherford, author of How To Argue With A Racist

A necessary book that deserves its place in the canon as essential reading.

Sally Hayden, Irish Times

A vital book that offers us new, complex narratives to view African countries and their relationships to Europe and the Global North. Faloyin's stylish, propulsive prose blends history, memoir and opinion, so that reading him has the impression of being at the knee of a great storyteller.

Jonathan Nunn, editor of Vittles

Incisive, thought-provoking and, above all, beautifully written - effortlessly blends memoir, political analysis and historical nonfiction to create something genuinely compelling and new

Zing Tsjeng, author of Forgotten Women

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