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Things You Should Consider Studying in Africa

Africa is not just a continent; it is a hotspot of myriad cultures, languages, practices, traditions, beliefs, lifestyles, and whatnot. Once the infamous ‘dark continent’, people are gradually becoming acquainted with the inherent uniqueness of Africa, which is considered to be the supposed place where we humans started evolving first. Thus, it is not surprising that many people have shown interest in studying in Africa and learning about it. But, the question is what kind of things we can study in Africa.

Of course, there are lots of options open for those interested, but some of them are too good. Today, I am going to provide you with some information about what you should consider studying in Africa. Let us find out what they are.

  1. International Development
    Africa, even today, has its potential untapped. Many developed and developing nations are framing their foreign policies and international engagements with respect to Africa for varied reasons. International organizations such as the United Nations recognize the impact that African nations have on international affairs and how they can contribute to the alleviation of problems such as global poverty. Many African countries are underdeveloped as a result of which their say is extremely critical to international development. A workable global order cannot be sustained without Africa.
  2. African Languages
    The beauty of Africa lies in its local culture marked by many features—one of them being its array of languages. Over here, there are many languages one can study, from Yoruba in West Africa to Zulu in Southern Africa. Studying African languages can help you integrate very well into the local society and encourage a better understanding of the same. Language connects you with people. It shall be challenging to analyze African society without having effective command of the local language. As we complain about the foreign-language dub of TV shows losing much in translation, the same logic applies here. Even with a translator, not much you will really understand.
  3. Anthropology
    What could be a better place to conduct anthropological studies than Africa? Human civilization is said to have begun from here. Our evolution owes a lot to the local conditions of Africa. Moreover, most African societies and cultures have been influential in global affairs. They are rich, detailed, and integral to the very identity of Africans. There is far less literature available on African anthropology than European and American. Hence, there is a lot of scope to learn and appreciate.
  4. Business
    Mind you, the entrepreneurial opportunities in Africa are too many. Companies from countries such as China, India, and the United States are already investing in the continent to reap benefits. If you study business in Africa and can get a good idea of what makes and does not make a business successful in Africa, then you will have a great time here. As I said earlier, much of the continent’s potential remains untapped which means there is a lot of room to experiment. You should consider investing your money and time in a good business school in Africa and learn the art of business in Africa. Innovate and experiment with the opportunities available and you will become a great businessman!
  5. Politics
    Those following news would know the lawlessness and unpredictability in general African politics. Most African nations are prone to political instability marked by junta governments, botched elections, rioting for political causes, and whatnot. There are countries that are facing immense pressure to contain terrorism at home. Decisions made by political leaders in Africa often have a rippling effect on world politics. Hence, studying politics in Africa could be an interesting option. There is always something to learn about African politics, which is unique in its own way. Since African politics is not as extensively covered as Asian or American politics, you will be in a position to offer some new and engaging in the world.
  6. Environmental Studies
    Much of African natural bounties are peculiar to the continent. The continent is home to rich biodiversity which is being continually affected by climate change and human interference. Being such a naturally vibrant continent, it will have to bear a huge impact if its biodiversity is not understood and protected. Environmental studies, therefore, would be of great academic as well as a practical consequence. Countries are becoming amenable to the idea of refashioning their policies towards the environment, and you could be of great resource to them.
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Anna Papadopoulos
Anna Papadopoulos is a senior money, wealth, and asset management reporter at CEOWORLD magazine, covering consumer issues, investing and financial communities + author of the CEOWORLD magazine newsletter, writing about money with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind. You can follow CEOWORLD magazine on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn for musings on money, wealth, asset management, millionaires, and billionaires. Email her at info@ceoworld.biz.