For more clarity, let us point out some notable facts about the continent of Africa.
Africa is one of the 7 continents of the world.
There are 54 countries on the African continent, with each country different from the other in political, social and economic structures.
Africa is the second-largest continent in terms of landmass and population; more than 1.3 billion people.
Africa is the most ethnically diverse continent in the world.
There are more than 2000 languages spoken on the continent.
If I had a penny for every time I have read or heard people say “I went to Africa” or “I’d like to visit Africa” or “You sound African”, I would be super-rich. That is how widespread this generalization have become.
The continent of Africa is diverse in so many ways, from language to skin colour to location.
So, there is no such thing as ” You sound African”. Telling a Ghanian or Kenyan that they sound African is the same as telling a French or an English person that they sound European. European is not a language, so why make African one? African is not a language.
You have to be specific when you are referring to to the continent. There are 54 countries in Africa. Africa is not a single place, a city nor a country.
Saying “I went to Africa” or “I was in Africa” is condescending and not very smart at all.
You say, “I went to Nigeria” or “I’d like to go to Rwanda”. The same way you say “I went to Canada” or “I’d like to go to India”.
Maybe, you think some people won’t know any of those African countries if you mentioned them.
There is the internet you know. The internet is an amazing invention and people can get almost any information they want from it.
NOTE: Rwanda is a tiny and beautiful country in East Africa. It is also one of the fastest-growing economy in the world.
Nigeria is a country in West Africa. It is the most populous black nation in the world and the largest economy on the African continent.
So, now you have been reminded that African is not a language and Africa is not a single place or a country. Africa is a continent.