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In My Africa (song)
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D.W. and Cheikh dance
Artist D.W. (Robert Naylor), Cheikh, and Brain (Lyle O'Donohue)
Runtime Throughout whole episode
Played in "In My Africa"

"In My Africa" is a song that is performed in the episode of the same name. Brain, D.W., and Cheikh, a new student from Africa, create the song in the episode so that they can more easily remember facts about Africa. D.W. and Cheikh later sing it to their preschool class.


Fifty-four things
Things to see and to explore


In my Africa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
In my Africa
Whoa, whoa, whoa


The continent of Africa is deep and long and wide
With 54 countries to keep my song diversified
There's rhythmic beats, new things to eat, and places you can go
And every day, a different way that you can say hello
For instance, meeng-gah-bou is "howdy-do" when visiting in Ghana
Dumela mma is how you say "Hello" inside Botswana
The Muslims greet the folks they meet with, "Salaam aleikum"
In Gambia, Morocco and Sudan's hometown Khartoum


In my Africa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
In my Africa
See this when you go


Burundi's got the deepest lake and then the highest peak
Juts up from Tanzania just next door to Mozambique
And carving through the continent there flows the mighty Nile
Past Uganda, Eritrea and... look out! A crocodile!
Namibia's wild Skeleton Coast is littered with wrecked ships
And Côte d'lvoire has chocolate fields, I love my chocolate chips
Victoria Falls in Zambia, it makes a mighty sound
Zimbabwe shares the falls as well, there's lots to go around


In my Africa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
In my Africa
Life is all aglow


In my Africa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
In my Africa
There's lots of food they grow


The Comoros has the Coelacanth, a prehistoric fish
In Congo, they eat mwamba stew, that stew's my favorite dish
São Tomé and Príncipe, they like their food with spice
The fish in Mauritius is hot and delicious, it's really very nice
Sahara in Algeria's a hot and arid land
Vacation in the Seychelles and relax upon the sand
The Madagascar aye-aye taps on trees to find its lunch
If you like grains, then you'll love Mauritania—they munch rice a bunch
The farmers out in Kenya, they raise cattle, goats, and hens
And Burkina Faso's called "The Land of Upright Men"
The cotton from Benin is in the clothes we wear to school
There's 40 words for "camel" in Somaliapretty cool!


Bembeya Jazz comes from Guinea
Baobab trees are stout, not skinny
Ethiopians eat teff, not "potator"
Equatorial Guinea's quite near the equator
One street in South Africa: two Peace Prize winners
In Togo, they eat fufu for dinner
Senegal's got a pink lake, Mali's got the Blue Men
The folks in Nigeria spice food with cumin
They do. It makes a tasty stew!

Fifty-four things
Things to see and to explore


In my Africa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
In my Africa
Whoa, whoa, whoa


The world's biggest frog is found inside of Cameroon
In Chad, the lungfish yawn and wake up when it rains in June
Gorillas in Rwanda have a hooting sort of speech
Go to Gabon to see an elephant walk on the beach
Angola's full of dino bones; museum in the ground
Libya's got those Roman ruins, the coolest ruins around
And Egypt has the pyramids, the Sphinx, and King Tut's tomb
Malawi's got a town called Livingstonia, I presume


In my Africa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
In my Africa
Joy and beauty flow


Tunisia's known for gorgeous gates and Swaziland makes glass
From old recycled bottles that the boys and girls amass
Lesotho's folks don't go outside without their fancy hats
The artists in Sierra Leone weave really pretty mats
The tunes they play in Niger, hey! They're vital and alive
The Hipco of Liberia, that style's gonna thrive
Cape Verde's got the mornaMan, I dig that swinging beat
Guinea-Bissau's gumbe just makes me want to stomp my feet


In my Africa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
In my Africa
It's almost time to go


My Africa's an ageless land, I'm glad that you could see
This continent so full of life, you're all my family
And now we leave this loving place, its heartfelt family ties
A warm embrace, a smiling face, a bittersweet goodbye


To my Africa,
Djibouti, ma-uke ged or rae
Goodbye, Africa
Somalia, nabad gelyo, hey!
Magic Africa
in the C.A.R., gue nzoni! Hey!
Lovely Africa,
D.R.C., reviens, s'il vous plâit!
Mighty Africa,
Western Sahara, Ma salaam! Oh, yay!
In my Africa


  • The name Burkina Faso is a portmanteau of local languages meaning land of upright men.
  • “One street, two Peace Prize winners” refers to Vilakazi Street in Soweto, South Africa, which was home to both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
  • “Livingstonia, I presume” refers to Henry Morton Stanley's greeting to Dr. David Livingstone, for whom the Malawi town of Livingstonia was named.

African phrases

  • Meeng-gah-bouHello; Ga (spoken in Ghana)
  • Dumela mma (to woman) / Dumela rra (to man) – Hello; Setswana (spoken in Botswana)
  • Salaam aleikumPeace be with you; Arabic (spoken in various North African countries)
  • Nabad gelyoGoodbye; Somalian (spoken in Somalia)
  • Gue nzoniGoodbye; Sango (spoken in the Central African Republic)
  • Reviens, s'il vous plâitPlease come back; French (spoken in various African countries)
  • Ma salaamWith safety; Arabic (spoken in various North African countries)

Production notes

Since the publication of "In My Africa" 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.