Africa is not a country

When asked where I came from, I replied that Togo and Benin (although those were the only two places I had known so far) would be implemented soon.

“Oh Africa!”

“Did you follow the lions in the forest?”

“Are you sitting on the mud?”

“You have to walk for miles every day to get water?”

“How did you get here? Do you have to walk from there? That must have been difficult. ”

Much as I explained that I was raised as the worst urban girl in Cotonou, the capital of Benin, I found it with eyes of disbelief. For some reason, my colleague’s image didn’t match in their sense of “Africa”. mine real life. They wouldn’t believe me when I said I had never seen a lion in my life and that the first time I did it was in the Antwerp prison. I would never walk to fetch water, because I would just open the pipe and there was a flow. outside. I didn’t live in a rubbish bin, but in a 3 story house with lots of places to run and play hide and seek with my younger siblings. We had a car to take us to and from school, and moving to Belgium would make it less comfortable for me to return home.

Over the years, in my travels, I have come across similar words and questions. Saying I was born in Togo or raised in Benin, most of the responses below are in line with

“Ah Africa, I went to (fill other African countries not close to mine) sometimes it’s amazing.

If on the other hand my interlocutor said

“I am from France,” I replied.

“Yes Europe, I went to Prague once, it was amazing”, I had to meet with expressions of excitement. But why did it come to Africa, and why is it so widely accepted?

In fact, we know why …

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