Geographic location is a very important aspect of looking at a map of Africa. There are many countries and with each country many different cultures that come along with it. One mapping error that drives me crazy is when people don’t realize where commonly spoken about countries are located on the continent. One country that gets miss placed often is Egypt, like when Fox news tried to give a visual about the protest in Egypt and placed egypt where Iran should have been in the middle east.
Sometimes maps can be used to Show the severity of things such as in this article that describes the malaria epidemic in African countries. Maps are very effective at backing up a story with more visuals. Sometimes when maps are inaccurate they can make a situation seem worse than it actually is or scare people into believing something about a location. This site does a good job showing an accurate map of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Most people think that the entire continent is ravaged by the disease and although it is a big problem the map shows a more accurate view then what you would see in the media some countries in Africa don’t have as big a problem with it as others.
Mapping can be a large part with telling stories and giving your audience a view of the story you may be portraying. The maps just need to be used well and very accurately in order to make sure your audience gets the full story.