PersonA- Nice to meet you. Thats a unique name you have, where is it from?
PersonA- Oh really that's cool. You know i just recently went to Johannesburg and I spent a little time in Pretoria
Me- *blank stare* oooookay. Thats nice.
Im trying to understand...do people really, in the year 2011, still think that Africa is a country? Like really? And this is not from regular everyday people (not that the average person shouldn't realize Africa is a continent) but from well-learned, intelligent people. The last person who I had this convo with was an Academic Dean at a prestigious university!
Im noticing that for a lot of people, Africa literally is Egypt, South Africa, and a bunch of places in between the two where they are killing each other or trying to share Sani Abacha's illegally acquired wealth with you via email. (-__-). I told someone that I was Nigerian and bless her heart, she asked me what part of South Africa, Nigeria was in (or if South Africa was in Nigeria- i can't completely recall at the moment). *Big Sigh* I had to give her a mini geography lesson because I could not continue to be associated with her if she didn't at least know that they were 2 completely different countries.
Just the other day, I heard someone say there were only 6 continents. I didn't know which continent the person was leaving out but damn...this was a grown ass man. There is no excuse for that!
Now i feel like i have to say that in the US school system, the only thing you learn about Africa is that its where slaves come from (which u learn about in very very brief detail if you get any formal education on the topic at all) and the history and wonders of Egypt. Nothing else. So i honestly can't blame people too much. You aren't going to take the time to learn about what you don't feel like learning about, especially if the powers that be didn't think it was worth learning in the 1st place.
Sidenote- is it really august? where is time going?? it seems like just yesterday i was saying damn is it july and a week ago i was saying damn is it june? 2011 is going to be a distant memory soon.