Thursday, January 14, 2010

Would you like to see a naked warrior or a prostitute I have slept with?


I agree, many people already have so many misconceptions about Kenya and Africa:
  • "What country are you from? Africa?"
  • "Do people in your country live in trees?"
  • "You eat worms and lots of bugs, right?"
  • "You are from Kenya, so you are Masai, right? Why do you only drink blood and milk?"
The list is endless, but I think you get the point, since most of us have been facing this type of ridiculous questions all too often.

But I need some nice new exciting characters to spruce up my boring blog. And yes, they may be African or Kenyan stereotypes. Kenyan literary critic Binyavanga Wainaina's excellent satirical piece "How to Write About Africa" offers some good advice in this regard:
Your African characters may include naked warriors, loyal servants, diviners and seers, ancient wise men living in hermitic splendour. Or corrupt politicians, inept polygamous travel-guides, and prostitutes you have slept with.
Which character do you think I should write a blog post about? A naked warrior? A prostitute I have slept with? Any others?

7 comments:

jesusfreak7 said...

mmhh the western media paints very negative picture of Africa and most people out there think Africans are people painted in red stuff and dancing bare feet around a big fire etc he he .one day i posted this link:

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-51356.0.html

of pictures of Nairobi City just to show that Nairobi isn't Kibera slums alone[every City has a slum btw]
the reaction was overwhelming most junguz couldn't believe it...

sI choose the naked warrior he he

coldtusker said...

Well.... as long as the prostitute you slept with was not a naked warrior...

savvy said...

How about both?

Wyndago said...

Naked worrior.

Our Kid said...

ColdTusker... your comment is so on point!

timharper said...

hehehe, I really like this image, westerners shouldn't write about Africa until they have really experienced it. (And safari's don't count)

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