One of my biggest pet peeves is when people refer to Africa like it’s a country.
“I’d really like to travel. Where next? Well, maybe India or Thailand or (sigh) Africa.”
I know it’s not my home. Maybe that means I shouldn’t be so protective. But, just like I will actually get upset if someone speaks ill of your mother, I get upset about this. But, tonight I read the most direct and beautifully cutting essay about this issue, and the way that Africa and Africans are represented. Binyavanga Wainaina, a Kenyan author, says it best. So I’ll just refer you to him.
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” — Nelson Mandela