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Are there any fast food in Africa?

 
 
Thu 15 Jul, 2021 04:17 pm
I know gazelles and impalas are fast and when you catch them, it’s food. But the fast food I’m referring to are restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King. Also, does Africa have ANYTHING 1st world countries have?

1. Soda
2. High tech (by USA standards, of course)
3. Widespread electricity
4. Widespread running water
5. Mall (including high end shopping centers)

It seems like their lifestyle be so basic that it’s primitive. An exchange student came here a few years ago and had to get used to escalators in shopping malls. And she was enamored by “machines that washes your clothes.”

Is it true that in Africa, if you live in a small house without electricity and running water, you’re considered rich? Perhaps the middle class and lower class all live nomadic lives in the wild (hunter/gatherer).
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jespah
 
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Thu 15 Jul, 2021 04:23 pm
@dirrtydozen22,
Africa's not a country; it's a continent.

Google the following 2 places: Capetown and Nairobi.

And you'll have your answer.
Ragman
 
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Thu 15 Jul, 2021 04:53 pm
@dirrtydozen22,
I’ve been to South Africa, which is country located on the continent of Africa. On the continent of Africa, there are many countries which have a broad variety of economic conditions that might surprise you.
There are, however, tremendously poor countries on continental Africa but not the case for the whole continent.

For example, some economies, such as South Africa have advanced technologies, fast food and fancy restaurants, modern shopping malls, and diverse, rich culture. Furthermore, running water, proper sanitation is quite widespread. Highways are efficient and many people have cars or access to public transportation.

Yes, there is a poorer economic class but things are quite hopeful since Apartheid has been eliminated. I m giving you information that I personally experienced by visiting the country. I’d suggest your using Google or the public library to research these easy-to-learn facts.
dirrtydozen22
 
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Thu 15 Jul, 2021 04:55 pm
@jespah,
Ok so I googled these 2 places and the images cannot be right. Shopping malls, tall skyscraper, bullet trains?! Those are what rich countries have. Wasn’t Africa supposed to be slums and primitive living? I’m sorry I’m just so shocked that it’ll take me at least a week to digest all this.
Ragman
 
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Thu 15 Jul, 2021 04:56 pm
@dirrtydozen22,
Please reread the answers. Apparently, you might have missed it.
maxdancona
 
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Thu 15 Jul, 2021 06:15 pm
@dirrtydozen22,
I have the feeling this exchange student was playing with you. Many decades ago, I was in a band exchange program. I lived in New Hampshire (which back then was known as Cow Hampshire).

Our hosts in Maryland were a bit snobby. So when we reached out host family we all remarked loudly "Wow! They have indoor plumbing!".

We were making fun of their ignorance.

I think your exchange student friend got you good.
dirrtydozen22
 
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Thu 15 Jul, 2021 06:41 pm
@Ragman,
Lol sorry. We were both posting at the same time and I only saw your answer after I submitted my post. I still have to say I’ll take weeks to get over my shock. Rich Africa is an incomprehensible concept for me at this point.
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dirrtydozen22
 
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Thu 15 Jul, 2021 06:50 pm
@maxdancona,
Yeah I was kinda suspicious of that, especially about “doors that open without you touching it.” I told her it’s an automatic sliding door and rich countries are so full of those it’s normal to us. We were in the ladies room as I told her this and I put my hands under the faucet and water automatically came out.

Me: that’s a sensor. Rich countries have lots of those too.
Her: wow I’m blown away!

Her tone about being blown away kinda sounded like she was playing me
farmerman
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 09:50 am
@dirrtydozen22,
worked in a number of African States, even in Nigeria they had street food that was often quite tasty. Places like S Africa, Botswana, Morocco and some Ive not been to but have heard from others, have really decent fast foods and fast " local" foods.
dirrtydozen22
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 10:47 am
@farmerman,
Lots of slums sell street foods. Cook it super hot once you bought them though. As for restaurants, unless it’s an international chain like McDonald’s, be really careful. Even national African chains are fucked up because they go by much lower 3rd world standards
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oralloy
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 10:55 am
@Ragman,
I can't say I think much of South Africa's legal system. They freely impose convictions on people (who may well be innocent) that can't be supported with evidence.

Not that the US system is perfect by any means, but it's nowhere near as bad as the South African system.
dirrtydozen22
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 11:11 am
@oralloy,
Africa is backwards in every conceivable way, corrupt legal system, 90% of the population hunting and gathering, and prolly only 2 households in the entire africa has electricity and running water. Sick Africans get medical care equivalent to European and Asian royalty in the early Middle Ages (476 AD to 1000 AD).

The only reason 100% of the population has cell phone (flip phones, not smart phones) is because of foreign aid. Imagine phoning your fellow hunters to inform them of a giant kill that you hunted with a spear.
maxdancona
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 11:15 am
@dirrtydozen22,
I think you may be confusing Africa with Acirfa.

Now that place is backwards.
dirrtydozen22
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 11:25 am
@maxdancona,
Funny 😆

But srsly by backwards I mean primitive. Before the globalization ****, africa was complacent for all of human history. It was warm and food was plentiful. Children successfully gathered food as toddlers and successfully hunted mammoths sized creatures at 5 years old. They had zero contacts with Europe and Asia so they had no frame of reference. At present time, they’re so far behind the rest of the world that it’s like stepping into ancient history (like before year 1000). They just now saw the need to change and progress but they got work cut out for them. If 90% of your population is still hunting and gathering and another 8% primitive farmers, yeah that’s a hell of a challenge
Linkat
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 12:35 pm
@dirrtydozen22,
Quote:
An exchange student


What country is this exchange student from? And also where within this country is this exchange student from?

Even within the US - a student's experience may be different if say he was from New York City vs. rural West Virginia.
dirrtydozen22
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 01:08 pm
@Linkat,
Her country is africa. It’s pretty much the same throughout africa. She came to study in southwest missouri. Springfield (population 120,000) is an hour away and Kansas City is three hours away. Still, even though she landed in a town of 50,000, she was blown away with all the “high tech” stuff. Who wouldn’t be, if they spent their whole life hunting and gathering?
maxdancona
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 01:14 pm
@dirrtydozen22,
This is awfully ignorant. Almost everything you say here is incorrect.

1. Food wasnt plentiful in much of Africa.

2. There were contacts between Europe and Asia and Africa since the time of Ancient Rome (which was attacked by an African military power)

3..There were never Mammoths in Africa.

4. Africa is full of modern cities, shopping malls, airports, factories, banks and airports.

Now I have a problem here. I don't know whether your post is annexample of racism or just ignorance. If it is just ignorance, I can play along.
oralloy
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 01:25 pm
@maxdancona,
South African appeals courts imposed a guilty verdict on Oscar Pistorius after the trial court acquitted him of murder (the prosecution was never able to present any evidence that it was murder).

No civilized legal system would ever do something like that.
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Linkat
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 03:07 pm
@dirrtydozen22,
dirrtydozen22 wrote:

Her country is africa. It’s pretty much the same throughout africa. She came to study in southwest missouri. Springfield (population 120,000) is an hour away and Kansas City is three hours away. Still, even though she landed in a town of 50,000, she was blown away with all the “high tech” stuff. Who wouldn’t be, if they spent their whole life hunting and gathering?


No, her country is not africa - Africa as many people on here have told is a continent so it is impossible that this is her country - there are over 50 countries in Africa and each are unique. That is like saying you live in the country of North America - you do not, (seeing you say she came to study in Missouri), I am assuming you live there and thus you live in the country of USA not North America.

And just as aside - think about this logically - would someone who spends their life hunting and gathering be in a position to travel across the world to study? I bet she is far more sophisticated and knowledgeable about the world and "high tech" stuff than you are. She is playing you for sure - and just thinks of you as some dumb a$$ hick and how the h*ll she ended up in this sad town.
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dirrtydozen22
 
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Fri 16 Jul, 2021 04:08 pm
@maxdancona,
First, I said mammoth sized creatures, not actual mammoths. I don’t know what animals actually live on that continent.

Second, it has to do with geography and culture, not race. I grew up in inner city New York before I ever ended up in missouri. My neighborhood was mostly Spanish (Washington heights, part of Manhattan, New York). The neighboring community also part of Manhattan is mostly black. Both sets of people were some of the coolest people around with rap, hip hop culture, gang banging (just kidding about gang). They are just as first world as the rest of USA.

Any of us coulda been born into places like africa. We don’t get to choose where we start out or the cards we’re dealt. But I for one am glad not to have to fetch water back and forth 6 miles each way. On foot.
 

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