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Multi- award winning American singer and song writer, Taylor Swift came all the way to an undisclosed location in Africa to shoot her new musical video titled ‘Wildest Dreams’. But for a video shot in Africa, a lot seemed to be missing, for one—there was not a single black person in sight. Even though the video was shot in a beautiful safari featuring animals; an elegant lion and flashes of a running horse and a beautiful waterfall, was that really all Africa had to offer in 1950?

The video which is supposed to “tell a tragic love story ” was directed by Joesph Kahn with two African Americans- Jil Hardin and Chancler Haynes.

However, just in case Taylor and her team were unaware, here are a couple of pictures which shows what Africa really looked like in 1950.

A South African musician on the cover of Drum Magazine. 1955
A South African musician on the cover of Drum Magazine. 1955
Cameroonian buses in the 50's
Cameroonian buses in the 50’s
A Congo solider blowing a local horn. 1950
A Congo solider blowing a local horn. 1950
Oba Akenzua II, welcoming Queen Elizabeth. Circa 1954.
Oba Akenzua II, welcoming Queen Elizabeth. Circa 1954.
A Benin woman. 1950
A Benin woman. 1950
South African diamond miners in the 50's
South African diamond miners in the 50’s
Ethiopian market in the 50's
Ethiopian market in the 50’s

malian family

Some Somalian women in the 50's
Some Somalian women in the 50’s
 A Moroccan musician with his home made instrument.
A Moroccan musician with his home made instrument.
Angolan school children -1953
Angolan school children -1953
A group of Ugandan football players - 1950
A group of Ugandan football players – 1950
Helping to fix a plane- Central African Republic, 1950
Helping to fix a plane- Central African Republic, 1950
West of Betafo- Madagascar in the 50's
West of Betafo- Madagascar in the 50’s

What do these pictures have in common other than the skin colour?

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