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African views on Mandela vary by country [Commentary]

African views on Mandela vary by country [Commentary]

Africa is a continent, not a country. However, most of the world refers to Africa as one collective, with little attention paid toward borders; a practice most Africans resent. And it has never been quite as prevalent as in the last few days since Nelson Mandela's passing.

I am an American citizen who is a resident of Botswana. I travel extensively throughout Africa and routinely meet all nationalities and classes of Africans. I witness firsthand the resentment toward uninformed Westerners and foreign media who make generalizations about the continent based on a single data point.

On Friday morning I was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe with about 50 Zimbabweans; 30 Batswana,as the...