The music video was directed by Steve Barron. In the video, a researcher in a library tries to match a scrap of a picture of a shield to the book from which it was torn out. As he continues his search, a librarian working at a desk takes occasional notice of him, while natives in the surrounding jungle begin to close in on the library. When the researcher finds a book entitled Africa, the native throws a spear (the shield the native carries is the same as the one in the picture), toppling stacks of books. Africa falls open to the page from which the scrap was torn, but a lantern lands on it and sets it on fire, after which the librarian's eyeglasses are shown falling to the floor. The scenes are inter-cut with shots of a spinning globe and the band performing atop a stack of giant hardcover books, in which Africa is the topmost.
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The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 5, 1983 (the band's only number one there), and number three on the UK Singles Chart the same month. See more
Performed by TOTO See more