- Feb 28, 2009
TELLL ME WHYYYYYYYYY...
Why do folks say "black afrika/afrikan" and not,
(Note: this question isn't necessarily rhetorical)
Sub-Saharan Africa as geographical term refers to the area of the African continent which lies south of the Sahara. A political definition of Sub-Saharan Africa, instead, covers all African countries which are fully or partially located south of the Sahara. It contrasts with North Africa, which is considered a part of the Arab world.
The Sahel is the transitional zone between the Sahara and the tropical savanna (the Sudan region) and forest-savanna mosaic to the south. The Horn of Africa, Mauritania, and large areas of Sudan are geographically part of Sub-Saharan Africa, but also part of the Arab world.
The Sub-Saharan region is also known as Black Africa, in reference to its many black populations.
Commentators in Arabic in the medieval period used a similar term, bilâd as-sûdân, for the region south of the Sahara, which literally translates as "land of the blacks."
However the terminology Black Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa is considered by some as a pejorative term and a vestige of colonialism, which divided Africa into European terms of homogeneity.
Some note that Sub-Saharan Africa neither exists linguistically (Afro-Asiatic languages), ethnically (Tuareg), politically (African Union, Arab league), in terms of religion (Islam), nor economically (CEN-SAD). The African Union also prefers to see the Sahara as a bridge not a barrier...