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"In My Africa"

In My Africa

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In My Africa Title Card

Season/Series: 14
Number in season: 9b
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States April 27, 2011[1]
Flag of Canada September 21, 2011[3]
Flag of the United Kingdom January 10, 2011[2]
Credits
Written by: Ken Pontac
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
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"In My Africa" is the second half of the ninth episode in the fourteenth season of Arthur.

Summary

D.W.'s new classmate, Cheikh, is from Senegal, in West Africa. When D.W. realizes that she doesn't know much about Africa, she plans to learn through music. D.W., Brain, and Cheikh pool their resources to write a song about all 54 countries on that continent!

Plot

D.W. welcomes the viewers as she is walking through Dakar, Senegal, the hometown of Cheikh. D.W. explains that Dakar is like most cities, but is located in Africa. She briefly mentioned how Arthur always speaks in openings and never allows anyone do the monologue. She even referred to him as a "show hog."

She then introduces Cheikh to the viewers, and says that this episode is about him, but Cheikh tells D.W. that it is actually more about her and his cousin, Brain.

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The scene then goes to Cheikh and his mother leaving Senegal to move to Elwood City, in the United States.

After that, the scene goes to D.W.'s preschool where Cheikh is introduced to the rest of the class, but D.W. interrupts, saying that she already knows who he is, as Arthur had told her who he is, and then shows him a picture that she drew of what she perceives of his life back in Senegal.

Cheikh tells her that his life isn't like that, because he lived in a city, and then the teacher tells D.W. that she should learn about a place before she describes it.

Then the Tibbles make fun of D.W., saying she knows nothing about Africa, but then D.W. vows to start learning more about Africa, but then Cheikh explains that Africa is not a country, but an entire continent.

Starting at school, she looks at the map in class and when she gets home, she starts reading books about Africa, but it is difficult for her, as she doesn't know how to read yet.

Arthur explains to D.W. that it was hard for him to learn about Turkey, where his pen pal Adil comes from, and maybe she needs someone who understands more about Africa than she does, and then Arthur picks up the phone and calls his friend The Brain, and then the Brain starts telling D.W. of ways she can learn about Africa, but his ways were too difficult, so D.W. suggested that maybe they come up with a song about Africa, and then they start singing, then Cheikh comes in and helps with verses about foods from Africa, and then the next day in preschool, the Tibbles think she will humiliate herself, but Cheikh tells them that she won't because he will be singing with her, then they sing another verse.

After they sing the song, the teacher introduces a new student named Keith from Kalamazoo, and then when the teacher asks if anyone knows anything about Kalamazoo, D.W. raises her hand and says she doesn't, but she would like to learn.

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Trivia

  • Kalamazoo is located in the United States in Michigan.
  • D.W. is the first character to begin the episode and host the show instead of Arthur since it opens in Dakar, Senegal, Africa instead of Elwood City (home).

Cultural references

  • D.W., Cheikh and the Brain walk across a zebra crossing, a reference to The Beatles' album Abbey Road.[4]
  • This entire episode is about the countries in Africa.

Episode connections

  • Learning false information about a place from movies and TV is exactly what Arthur did in "Dear Adil".
  • Cheikh later appears again in Citizen Cheikh, and he becomes an America citizen.

Errors

  • D.W. pronounces Lesotho as Le-so-tho, not Lee-soo-too, as it is supposed to be pronounced.
    • However, since she's in preschool that error is understandable since kids have trouble pronouncing big words they rarely said or never said before.

Production notes

  • The episode was produced before South Sudan gained its independence, so the song does not have a verse about that country.
  • The country of Swaziland's name was changed to Eswatini in 2018, around eight years after the production of this episode, so the song refers to Eswatini by its former name.

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