How West Africans See Each Other

How West Africans See Each Other

In every community, there is often a sense of brotherhood that abides among the locals.

In every community, there is often a sense of brotherhood that abides among the locals. Sometimes, there are no formal lessons to ensure that this brotherhood is moved from generation to generation, or only for historical purposes, but this culture is only instilled through upbringing. When raised in a community that people are warm-hearted and welcoming not only to themselves but those who are easily spotted as foreigners, then this is easily passed down to generations who are learning through assimilation. They get to emulate what their forefathers did, where they strive to follow in the same footsteps to preserve the heritage of that community. This is one form of informal education that still has the greatest impact on the upbringing of a child. The child then gets to pass on the same virtues to their children.

For proper survival, communities would often tend to live in peace and harmony. There are times when there could be disputes over land, or cattle. Such are issues that can still be resolved after much dispute. What makes it easier is the fact that they speak almost the same language. Coming from an area that is not too far from each other geographically, their languages may differ, but certain aspects are similar in all of them. This makes it easier for them to try and understand what the other is saying, allowing them to reach a truce at the end of the wars.

Promoting such a form of trade

Lifting each other economically is also an aspect that these countries within this area focus on. Trading with neighbors allows you to better relations with each other, and boost their economies. Sometimes, there is no need to look for investors from abroad, or across the world to come to invest in your goods. Your biggest market could be next door, right across the border, and this is something the leaders are trying to work on.

Promoting such a form of trade will also encourage these countries to depend on each other, instead of external forces, and together they’d possibly form an economic giant stable enough to compete with those economies ranked highest globally. It will reduce the cost of items, making it a cost-friendly economic growth. None of the parties involved will have to stretch out more than they should. They can easily operate within their comfort zones, and still, get the job done.

When it comes to individual countries

Being countries that share the same geographic space, they’re bound to share similarities in culture. Their cultures align in terms of the food they eat, their traditions in marriage, funerals, and birth. Such similarities enable them to find a common factor that will bring them closer together and easily warm up to each other. Especially where food is involved, people are bound to gather, not only to share the meal but to chat as they dine. Sharing the same meals makes it easy for whoever is preparing since it is like they’re preparing for one group of people.

When it comes to individual countries looking into themselves, some identity as being religious. The most practiced religion in these areas includes Christianity and Islam. Sometimes, this may get too much to the point where leaders escape taking accountability for their actions. Instead, they keep calling for prayers from the various ministers. Others do not practice religion to such degrees, instead understand politics, and can hold their leaders accountable for their actions. Such economies can thrive faster, since cases of corruption will be reduced, and the leaders will do what took them there.

How West Africans See Each Other

These countries are split into two major groups, where we’ve got the French colonies and the British colonies. It is in the French colonies where we find a lot of Islam being practiced, and they’re fewer than the British colonies. They, however, think that they’re smarter than their other brothers, feeling superior to the rest.

One aspect you will note when visiting these areas is hospitality. This is not only done within the locals, we see the same courtesy being extended to foreigners, making them feel like a part of them. It is a tradition to prepare a homemade meal whenever you have a guest to fill them up well enough to continue with their journey. When extended to those outside the community, it makes them eager to visit the area one more time.