Our Africa

Children's videos of Africa

Children across Africa have made films to show you what life is like in their own countries.

Choose the country you want to visit by finding it on the map (if you can!) or from the pull-down menu above.

Somaliland

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Zambia

Hello, my name is Theresa.

I live in Lusaka. There are some great places to visit in Zambia. Probably the most famous is Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This lies along the Zambezi river, which forms the southern border between Zambia and neighbouring Zimbabwe. Find out more about the country.

Djibouti

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Ethiopia

We are Addisu and Habtam.

Hello and welcome to Ethiopia. We think you will be surprised by some of the videos we have enjoyed making. There are many parts to Ethiopia and while certain areas do suffer droughts, most of the country is green and fertile. See for yourself what our lives are like.

Agriculture & Famine

A quarter of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished and famines can impact whole regions.

Land is available to grow more food locally, but investment is needed in  technologies such as irrigation for land to be used effectively. Farmers must also adapt to climate change if they are to feed the continent's rising population.

Ivory Coast

Hi, my name is Adeline.

I'm 17 years old and from Ivory Coast. My country is the world’s largest producer of cocoa. I visit a cocoa plantation and see what the beans look like. Even though the world's chocolate markets rely on our cocoa, most farmers are poor, receiving little of the profit. Come and find out what else we grow in Ivory Coast.

Foods

Africa has some of the most distinctive cuisines and flavours in the world. Food varies widely, but there are commonalities across regions. Depending on what's grown locally, dishes are also influenced by the traders, immigrants and rulers who settled across the continent. Arab, Asian and European elements blend in with traditional African cooking.

Burundi

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Benin

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Kenya

Hi. I’m Victor.

Kenya is my homeland. It is one of the most visited African countries, due to its safari parks and wildlife. While there is a lot of beauty here, there is also suffering. Many live in slums. But Kenyans embrace life, from traditional cultures such as the Maasai to modern innovations like mobiles.

Games & Sport

Africa is home to arguably the oldest-recorded games and sports. While some are only known through archaeology, modern-day games and sports such as Mancala/Mankala and Nubian wrestling are very much alive today.

Of course, new sports have come along to claim the attention of Africans. You may have heard of one - it's called football.

Ghana

Hello, my name is Audrey.

Ghana was known for many centuries as ‘the Gold Coast’ because of the gold mined here. But cocoa beans are the main export now. My country is also known for its rich culture and history. There is a lot to learn about Ghana. Click and find out more.

Madagascar

Madagascar is home to a diversity of wildlife and a rich culture. Though it is now part of the African continent, many of its people originally travelled by canoe from Borneo in Asia. It is most famous as the island home of the lemur, as well as a host of other wonderful creatures. An island of oddities, Madagascar truly is a lost world!

Malawi

Hi. We’re Caroline Moyo and Joyce Chisale.

We live in Malawi. Malawi is known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’. That’s partly because it’s in central Africa, but mostly, the saying reflects the friendliness and hospitality of the Malawi people. Click on the map to 'visit' our wonderful country!

Mali

Hello. I'm Bobo.

I'd like to welcome you to Mali. You'll see music and religion are important here. But we also value a strong community. If you'd like to learn more about my country or to know where the legendary Timbuktu can be found, then take a look around the Mali pages.

Morocco

Hello, we are Fadoua and Rafik.

We live in Morocco. Hopefully, our films will allow you to learn more about our country and some of its special features, like the famous Atlas Mountains. Apart from its beautiful scenery, Morocco is also known for its historic towns and culinary traditions. Watch our videos and find out more.

Mozambique

We're Albano and Manuela.

We live in Mozambique. Through our videos, we hope you can learn more about our country, famous for its beautiful coastline. Here, fishing is an important activity. Mozambique exports thousands of tonnes of prawns every year. In some regions, mining is also vital to the economy.

Namibia

We're Zoodes and Flora.

We live in Namibia, a vast country with large areas of uninhabited wilderness. Our dramatic desert and coastal landscapes especially draw tourists keen on photography or unusual flora and fauna. While life can be modern in the cities, poverty remains a problem for many people.

Niger

Over recent years, a number of severe droughts have affected harvests in Niger and the country has relied on food assistance to stave off famine. But a newly stable political situation and a government committed to feeding its country's growing population are bringing changes. And with its stunning desert scenery, ancient cities and unique cultures, Niger has much to offer.

Algeria

Hello. I'm Manal.

I'd like to welcome you to Algeria, the largest country in Africa. I live in Algiers, the capital. There's lots to see and enjoy, like listening to traditional Chaabi music. The city has a rich history and my friends and I visit places of interest such as the old town or 'Casbah' and the Martyrs Monument. Take a look at our videos.

Health

Africa has a high number of communicable diseases, which place a huge burden on healthcare systems. The vast majority of malaria cases and HIV/AIDS-related deaths occur in Africa; these two diseases currently represent the greatest threats.

With low investment in healthcare and a severe shortage of medical staff, many countries struggle to meet the health needs of their people.

Nigeria

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with a fast-growing economy. This growth is mainly based on oil, since Nigeria is Africa's leading oil producer. But despite the rising wealth, poverty levels remain high, particularly in the north. It's a good job Nigerians are renowned for their determination and resourcefulness in dealing with the many issues the country faces.

Tunisia

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Angola

Angola is a newly peaceful country, recovering from many decades of war. Rich in oil, some of Angola's wealth is being used to reconstruct and rebuild. However, many people remain extremely poor and services such as health and education suffer from a shortage of trained professionals. As the economy grows, the country is attracting businessmen, foreign workers and visitors.

Poverty

Across the rest of the world, absolute poverty has halved over recent decades, but in Africa it has barely fallen.

About two-fifths of the population of sub-Saharan Africa survive week by week on what someone in the UK earns from just one hour's work on the minimum wage.

Liberia

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Botswana

Hi, my name is Kumisso.

Click on Botswana and find out more about my country and what our lives are like.

Did you know that in Botswana diamond mining accounts for around a quarter of jobs? Tourism also provides work for around a fifth of the adult population.

History

The first humans are thought to have lived in Africa and powerful African empires formed from the medieval age onwards.

However, today's African nations were shaped by the European powers who colonised this vast continent. Having gained their independence, many African countries are still coming to terms with the legacy left by their colonisers.

Burkina Faso

Hi. We're Adama and Marie.

We'd like to help people learn more about Burkina Faso, which is the largest producer of cotton in Africa. Even though we grow a lot of cotton, Burkina is a very poor country. Farmers struggle to get a fair global price for their harvests. But though Burkinabes may be poor, we are rich in our history and culture.

Cameroon

We're Louis-Marie and Elodie.

Our country is noted for its many and varied natural environments. With different climates and growing conditions across the ten regions, we have a range of crops. In each area, people face the same kind of problems - keeping healthy and earning a decent and sustainable living.

Lesotho

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Guinea

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Development

‘People are the real wealth of a nation.’ This is the belief of the United Nations, whose Millenium Development Goals provide a framework for improving the lives of millions.

It helps when nations are peaceful, stable and growing economically. But where even the poorest countries focus on health, education and creating fairer societies, more Africans have the chance of a better life.

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

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Equatorial Guinea

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Climate

Africa is a massive continent, with a range of climates. Some regions are hot and dry, like the Sahara, Kalahari and Namib deserts. Other parts are wet or covered in tropical rainforest. Conditions also vary by altitude, from the dry salt pans of the Danakil Depression (one of the lowest points on earth) to the snowcaps (at certain times) of the highest mountains. Weather-wise, Africa has it all!

Egypt

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Sierra Leone

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Congo

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Central African Republic

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DR Congo

After a long harsh period of colonial control, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) suffered from decades of fighting and misrule. The country is now striving to become a more stable and prosperous nation. Those who visit this vast land are rewarded by meeting its vibrant people and having the opportunity to see spectacular rainforests and a rich variety of flora and fauna.

Rwanda

Hello, welcome to Rwanda.

We are Sonia and Alain and we live in Kigali, the capital city. Rwanda is a beautiful country. It is known as the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' because of the hilly landscape. Find out more about Rwanda and watch some of the videos we have made about our life.

Gabon

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Togo

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Guinea-Bissau

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Gambia

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Senegal

Hi, my name is Abdourahmane.

I'm 16 years old. I live in Senegal, a beautiful and welcoming place. You can find out more by clicking on my country. For example, wrestling is the most popular sport here. One match can attract 80,000 spectators and be watched on TV by millions. Discover other surprising things about Senegal.

Women

A woman’s status varies by country and region across Africa. In many parts, women struggle against inequality in laws, education, pay and domestic responsibilities.

Women’s health is also at risk from traditional practices such as early marriage. But with better education, girls can make more informed choices, leading to the greater development of African nations.

Eritrea

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Swaziland

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South Africa

Hello, we're Basetsana and Precious.

We're from South Africa. We've been making films around Johannesburg (or Jo'burg), called the economic centre of the country. It's a great place to see some of the differences between the haves and have-nots and to learn about apartheid and Nelson Mandela.

South Sudan

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Children

Around one in six children born in sub-Saharan Africa don't live to see their fifth birthday and life can be tough for those who do.

What are the common challenges facing African children and how do their lives compare with those of children in the UK?

Chad

Chad's economy has been growing over the last decade thanks to the country's oil wealth. And the nation is benefiting from greater peace and stability. However, many Chadians are still extremely poor. Most people rely on livestock or agriculture, so life can become a struggle during drought years.

Sudan

My name is Mojtaba.

Hello and welcome to Sudan.  I live on the outskirts of Khartoum, the capital. Find out more about where I live and the many cultural traditions we have. You can also find out what young people think about the recent separation of Sudan into two countries - Sudan and South Sudan.

Zimbabwe

Hi. I'm Godfrey and this is Florence.

We live in Waterfalls. Zimbabwe is a beautiful country, with many stunning landscapes. Some of these have unusual rocks, which are used in our famous Shona sculptures. Our country also has very special music. We hope you enjoy hearing instruments such as the mbira and marimba.

Tanzania

Tanzania is best known for its natural environment and wildlife reserves like the Serengeti, which attract many foreign visitors. Tourism plays a key part in the country's growing economy, as does mining e.g. for gold and precious gems. But poverty remains high and Tanzanians look to their nation's stability and trading links to provide a brighter future.

Somalia

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Mauritania

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Libya

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Uganda

Hi. My name is Charles.

I live in Uganda. My friends and I have been making films about our country. Crops such as sugar cane and coffee are important for agriculture, though increasingly young Ugandans seek work in the towns and cities. There's a lot to learn about how our country is developing. Come and take a look around.

Geography & Wildlife

With its varied geography and diverse habits, the African continent is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. Though famous for its 'big game' animals, Africa has huge numbers of fish, mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and insect species, as well as many tree, plant and flower species.

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The Our Africa website is an evolving collection of videos of life in Africa, as seen through the eyes of young people across the African continent. 'Our Africa' lets children film their lives and countries - the way they see it. The site, a child's eye view, is compiled by the orphan charity, SOS Children. Sponsor an African child today with SOS Children at www.soschildren.org