The battle line in the war between good & evil cuts through the heart of every man. — Alexander Solzhenitsyn, my paraphrase.
True, but tangential to my point.
I encourage us to learn how an African thinks. When presented with things like this cartoon, drawn by someone outside one’s own culture, it is an opportunity to listen & learn. You may continue to just interpret the world through your own cultural lens. It’s easier & more comfortable. That’s valid.
But give it a shot. Go the extra mile. I’m saying you must agree with them, just seek understanding.
Zeituni Onyango, Luo.
Nigerians might know who McConnell is. US politics affects the whole world, so they know more about you, than you about them.
You may brush it off with a ghost joke, but that joke will be as leaden to a Nigerian as Africans believing in ghosts is to you.
re. what percentage of Americans can tell you what a haiku is?
Too many. For example, me.
I tried ‘lev’ but it came out 55. I wish I could edit comments.
easier said, then done.
He tried and kept up. Past tense of “Try and keep up”
He tried to keep up. Past tense of “Try to keep up.”
1 2 3 4 5,
6 7 8 9 10 1-
1 12 13
It is to:
one two three four five
six se-ven eight nine ten e-
lv-en twelve thir-teen.
This is an sub-Saharan African cartoon. You have to think like a sub-Saharan African. Humor is very cultural & when you don’t get it, it’s a clue of a significant cultural disconnect.
I lived in Tanzania. People would introduce themselves as “Luo, Obama’s tribe”. Many swore that he was born in Kenya. He was their great hope.
That stopped abruptly when Obama golfed instead of attending his Kenyan aunt’s funeral in Boston. Skipping a funeral in sub-Saharan Africa is akin to us finding the bride & best man in the act right before the wedding. 2 direct quotes I heard:
“He has abandoned us.”
“He is not African.”
There was/is a common belief that the aunt’s ghost haunted Obama’s Whitehouse and wrecked worldwide havoc by corrupting everything Obama did.
Now, this cartoon is from West, not East Africa. But African Traditional Religion (ATR), is similar throughout. ATR centers around ancestor worship & appeasement. Syncretism with Christianity & Islam is profound. Both a mile wide but an inch deep.