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"In My Africa"
Season/Series: 14
Number in season: 9b
Original Airdate: United States April 27, 2011[1]
Canada September 21, 2011[3]
United Kingdom January 10, 2011[2]
Credits
Written by: Ken Pontac
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
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"D.W., Queen of the Comeback"
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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 mentions how Arthur always speaks in openings, and never allows anyone else to do the monologue. She even refers to him as a "show hog." D.W. 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. Just before the title card, Cheikh kicks the soccer ball he has, which is revealed to be El Boomerang.

In My Africa

The scene then goes to Cheikh and his mother and father 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, explaining that he's from a city (one that's much bigger than Elwood).Ms. Morgan 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. D.W. then vows to start learning more about the "country" of Africa, but Cheikh explains to her that Africa's not one single country, but rather a continent made up of a bunch of different countries.

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 Brain (Cheikh's cousin), and Brain starts telling D.W. of ways she can learn about Africa, but his ways are too difficult, so D.W. suggests that maybe they should come up with a song about Africa, and they start singing. Then Cheikh comes in and helps with verses about foods from Africa, and the next day in preschool, the Tibbles think D.W. 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, Ms. Morgan introduces a new student named Keith from Kalamazoo, and then when she asks if anyone knows anything about Kalamazoo, D.W. raises her hand and says she doesn't, but she would like to learn, finishing the episode.

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Trivia

  • D.W. is the first character to begin the episode. She's also host for the show instead of Arthur since it opens in Dakar, Senegal, Africa instead of Elwood City (his home).

Episode connections

  • In the introduction, Cheikh juggles El Boomerang from "Follow the Bouncing Ball."
  • Learning false information about a place from movies and TV is exactly what Arthur did in "Dear Adil." Arthur mentions learning about Turkey.
  • Cheikh appears in a main role again in "Citizen Cheikh," and he and his parents become American citizens in said episode.
  • When Cheikh said "tail of the iceberg" and D.W. corrected him that it's "tip of the iceberg," it is exactly what she once said from "D.W.'s Time Trouble."

Cultural references

  • When D.W., Cheikh and Brain talk about becoming pop stars, they walk across a zebra crossing with cars that look exactly like on the cover of Abbey Road by The Beatles[4].
  • For the references to African countries see the song page.
  • Kalamazoo is located in the United States in Michigan.

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 might be on D.W.'s part rather than her voice actor's, since small kids have trouble pronouncing big words they've rarely said or never said before.
The coloring error with D.W.'s pantyhose.
  • In the "In My Africa" song, during Cheikh's verse about African foods, the left (from her perspective) leg of D.W.'s pantyhose turns the same colour as her jumper at one point, but is then back to its correct color the next time she appears.

Production notes

  • Since the publication of this episode in 2011 the political map of Africa has changed somewhat.
    • South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011.
    • Swaziland was officially named Eswatini (its local name) in 2018.
    • Western Sahara’s status as an independent country was and is disputed.

Gallery

Main article: In My Africa (episode)/Gallery

References


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