Rant No. 1 – On Perceptions of Africa

Disclaimer: This post is meant only for the people who ask the dumb questions. Kudos to those people who know what Africa is really like, or have the decency to ask about it in a non-derogatory way.

Okay, so maybe I came from a high school were there were a lot of smart people, but as a Nigerian in America, I hate stupid questions and comments about where I come from. You know what I’m talking about :
“Oh, you speak such good English!” (Yes, because I’ve been speaking it all my life. Bitch.)
“Oh, your house! You mean like a hut, right?” (Yeah, with a giraffe in the backyard.)

I mean, well and fine, people can’t know everything. But seriously, the US has to start taking responsibility for the education of its people. I fail to see how the most powerful nation in the world can be home to some of the biggest idiots. Like the people who truly believe that Obama is a terrorist, and a Muslim. The candidates aren’t even bothering to educate their supporters about their rivals. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d want people who think Obama’s the Antichrist voting for me. People would think I’m stupid too.

Let me set the record straight: Most African countries were independent states by the 1970s. We had cars, electricity, booming economies, and Beatles records. We now have movie theaters, satellite television, and high-speed internet. We have fashion labels, record labels, and iPhones. We have probably watched a lot of the same TV shows that you’ve watched, only maybe a year or two later than they were originally aired. We SPEAK ENGLISH. It is a requirement that non-U.S. citizens coming to the US for college prove that they have a mastery of the English language, or have been taught in English for the last 3 years of high school. We are SMART. Why do you think there are so many of us over here in the first place? Our parents are educated, a lot of them with college and masters’ degrees. They do not wear loincloths, or sleep on mats next to wood fires. I know how to use cutlery, but sometimes I will forgo it for the sake of convenience. Africa is not a COUNTRY, for God’s sake, people. It is a continent, with many nations that are not only diverse collectively, but have a lot of diversity within themselves as well. Nigeria alone has over 150 ethinc groups, and over 200 different languages and dialects.

Anyway, if you have the internet, that means you have access to Wikipedia. LOOK IT UP. And next time think before you ask me if I live in a tree. Asshole.

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10 thoughts on “Rant No. 1 – On Perceptions of Africa

  1. you are so right…I remember my freshman year in college, I was asked by someone who the president of Africa was???? I was dumbfounded, I mean weren’t you taught that Africa is a continent amongst others and is made up of individual countries?????It’s amazing how ignorance befuddles the mind…

  2. I think everything in this rant was very well-covered in the last sentence, lol…The other day a girl in my class was wondering aloud with a group of her friends if there was anything like pizza, and restaurants in ‘Africa’. Then they all proceeded to laugh. Im like, ‘hilarious’, in my mind, then i asked aloud, “Hey, do you guys know where i can find a list of the continents of the world?”The one who’d been talking looked at me baffled, and said, “What’s that?”I’m like, ‘That explains a lot’.Ignorance is really unattractive. -babiijam.

  3. love this post, even though i think you could have ranted more.. i mean how retarded can you be to think that Africa is a country… as huge and diverse as it is…and you live in one of the most technology driven countries in the world…kudos to you

  4. “We had cars, electricity, booming economies, and Beatles records…” Which yeye electricity? Please tell me where your town is so I can move there.

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