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Why I love Africa
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BBC listeners and readers share their personal experiences of the African continent.

Here are the latest contributions celebrating Africa's workers, its queens and its sense of belonging.

Peter Wolfe Anaman, Sierra Leone

I love Africa and its workers.

They are special breed of people. They are clever too.

Textile workers
Where do workers conjure extra money to finish the month?
How do they manage their meagre salaries to last them throughout the month in the face of the high cost of goods and services?

The salaries only last for two weeks - at times only one week; yet they have to survive till the ending of the month.

Only heaven knows how. Maybe they conjure extra income from high heavens to survive?

Do they borrow money from Shylock money lenders or dip their hands into the government coffers?

Where do they conjure extra money to finish the month? It beats my imagination?

I love Africa and its workers. Despite the hard times they go through, they always show smiling faces and wear beautiful clothes to work.

They are magicians and believe in the saying: "God dey, and go be better!"

Annie Iro-Eweka, Togo

I love Africa because of her legendary African queens.

I love Africa because of her fearless, bold, courageous, selfless, powerful and beautiful women.

Bust of Queen Nefertiti
Nefertiti: One of the ancient world's most beautiful women

I love Africa because of her women warriors.

Remember the powerful Sogolon Kedjou of West Africa's Mandingo Empire?

In ancient Mali - the mother of one of the most powerful and brave African kings, Soundjata Keita?

Remember the prowess of our Queen Amina of northern Nigeria?

Or the strength and intelligence of the warrior Queen Idia of the old Benin Empire in southern Nigeria?

Remember the courage of the Amazons, the women soldiers of the old kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa?

And what about our most beautiful Nefertiti of ancient Egypt and the wonderful and legendary courage of Queen Abla Pokou who led her Baoule people to Ivory Coast?

Finally, we cannot forget our own black and intelligent Queen of Sheba of Ethiopia.

Because of all these wonderful women, I love Africa.

Julie Frost, Zimbabwean in Australia

I have no right to call it home or my Africa... it never belonged to me.

Children in Zimbabwe (Picture sent in by Julie Frost)
Genuine friendships are created in Africa, says Julie Frost
But Africans welcomed me into the world, looked after me as a child, taught me in their schools and made friends with me.

Now I belong to Africa.

I have had to leave for a while, but no-one can truly leave Africa because she is always in your memory, always in your soul.

If it's true that 'home is where the heart is', it looks like I've left my heart behind!

I love Africa because of the genuine friendships its people create. Always smiling, always greeting, always welcoming.

What do you think?

Do you find Africa annoying, frustrating and slow or is it fun, fast and exhilarating? Share your joys and sorrows of the continent in the new 2005 BBC competition - Why I love Africa.

If you have photos to accompany your contribution send them to newsonline.africa@bbc.co.uk, otherwise use the form at the bottom of the page. Entries should be no more than 300 words.

The best will be published on the news website and broadcast on the BBC World Service's Network Africa programme. Some will receive small prizes.

Use the form below to send your entry.

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Postal address, Town & Country

The BBC may edit your comments and not all emails will be published. Your comments may be published on any BBC media worldwide.

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