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Journal entry 5: Your connections to Africa
In the Introductory lecture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) we looked at a variety of ways that we are connected to SSA — mostly through the stuff we use every day. For this journal entry, you will be looking for examples of a connection to SSA in your own life: through your own ancestry, products you use, Internet sites you visit, people you know, music you listen to, books you’ve read, movies or TV shows you’ve watched, or ideas that play a role in your life. You will reflect on these connections in your journal entry: the impact these connections have on your life, the impact on SSA (if there is one), and if such impacts are negative, how we might affect change. This assignment is due on November 29.
1. Identify two or more connections to SSA. If you’re stumped, watch the first few minutes of the introductory lecture for ideas. You can also check out this article from the Guardian (Links to an external site.) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/08/10-things-africa-given-world. ( This is the link for the article from the guardian), There are all kinds of possible connections we have to SSA, so be creative.
2. In your journal entry, answer the following four questions:
o Question 1: For each connection, trace the connection back to SSA to the best of your ability. In the case of products, it can be pretty tough to know for sure, so feel free to speculate. For instance, if you have a diamond ring, it’s fair to say that it is connected to South Africa given that the majority of diamonds are mined there.
o Question 2: What impact does this connection have on your life?
o Question 3: What impact does it have on SSA, if any? Feel free to do your research if it helps.
o Question 4: If it does have an impact, and that impact is negative, how might we mitigate it?