Word Cloud of Sub -Sahara Africa

Vivian Emesowum
Posted March 22, 2016 from Nigeria

Last month, i created a post to find out our description of SSA, only two people shared their word.

Here, i share with you the word cloud of SSA from the online certificate course i attended last month on Sustainable Development Goals in SSA which was attended by over 250 people. The most common word that best describe SSA is 'POVERTY', the question to be reflected upon is: 'Are we really poor or is it that resources are not evenly distributed to all'.https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/africa-sustainable-development/3/ste...

If many have described SSA with the word 'POVERTY' then our programmes should ensure that it eradicate POVERTY. Please where do we start from?

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Lisa Anderson
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 22, 2016

Dear Vivian,

Aren't word clouds such an interesting way to look at a place or topic? It's disheartening when a word such as "poverty" becomes the biggest word, but I like the way you frame it: Is it because the region is very poor, or is it because of an uneven distribution of resources? 

I'm glad to see the words beauty, culture, hopeful and vibrant – all fitting descriptions for SSA. It would be fascinating to hear what more World Pulse members would pick for the Word Cloud.

Thank you for sharing!

Warm regards,

Lisa

Vivian Emesowum
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 22, 2016

Thank you Lisa for your response. Word Cloud is really an interesting approach to generate people's opinion. I know my sisters here are very busy but we can also add our own word.

My word was hopeful because I believe in a better tomorrow despite the bad governance of our leaders.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 22, 2016

Dear Vivian,

Wordclouds are so beautifully visual, they can say so much with a short look. It is so true that we must redo the world economy to stop the unfairness of who is hoarding the wealth. As we come together and raise our voices to all the necessary changes, ending poverty must be as central as it appears here on this cloud.

It is also true that it can take a lot of time before great suggestions, great stories, great ideas get the responses they deserve because worldpulse is growing so fast! I hope you will try again.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Vivian Emesowum
Mar 23, 2016
Mar 23, 2016

Dear Sister Tam,

Glad to read your comment which agrees that ending poverty must be at central point of all programmes. We must come together and raise a collective voice for any desired change to take place. 

Thank you for responding. 

Tiffany Purn
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 22, 2016

Vivian - looking at this, I wonder:  what if "possibility" was where "poverty" lives in the word cloud. And "poverty" lived where "possibility" was in the word cloud?  What if that was how people thought of Africa?  Thanks for sharing - really thought provoking. Tiffany

Vivian Emesowum
Mar 23, 2016
Mar 23, 2016

My Smiling Sister Tiffany,

It is very nice to still meet you here. It would have been really nice if many thought of SSA with the word ''possibility'' which sound more positive than the poverty. But i think people's response is based on the present not the future.

Thank You for your respond at the same

ikirimat
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 22, 2016

Hi

I love word clouds. I think I just missed to see the request. We can do it again.

I woulld also love to know how to do it or the soft ware or link how its done.

Vivian Emesowum
Mar 23, 2016
Mar 23, 2016

My Lovely Sister, 

Word Cloud is a new learning for me too and there are software online to develop it. You can find them on google. it is really a beautiful way of decribe issues in a simple format. Thank you for your response

Edith Kalanzi
Mar 23, 2016
Mar 23, 2016

Hi Vivian, I love the Word Cloud but I would replace Poverty with (enormous) Potential. It is more of a governance problem than a lack of resources so when we talk of a "poor continent", we should be quick to think 'poor manangement'. The huge resources in Africa are as diverse as its people. Bottom line: I agree with both Lisa & Tiffany.

All the best, Edith

Marie-Claire Kuja
Mar 23, 2016
Mar 23, 2016

Thanks for this Vi.

Its so lovely and packed with powerful words to drive positive change in all of us.

Thank you.

Kuja

Bernadette Muyomi
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

I have recently been part of various discussions of Africa and its potential with a huge focus on Subsaharan Africa. My idea of sub saharan Africa now remains a place of massive unexploited potential and resources. My next question becomes how best to ensure that what I am doing and influencing unlocks this potential i the shortest time possible.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
May 03, 2016
May 03, 2016

Wooow, we never stop learning. Never heard a word cloud until just now. My word cloid would be hopeful necause we have to ve hopeful for a much inclusive, and better Africa. A place where rights are respected, where people are empowered and where resources are equally distributed.