There was a flurry of mixed reactions, with most deriding American president Donald Trump for inventing his own African country after he erranoulsy referred to the country Namibia as "Nambia."
When he was addressing African leaders during a lunch in New York on Wednesday he said, "Nambia's health system is increasingly self-sufficient," as he narrated the successes of a country called "Nambia." Geographically, no country with that name exists. This has prompted the rise of many questions. Which country was he referring to? Was it Namibia, was it The Gambia, was it Zambia? It continues that Donald Trump is being a caricature and a subject of ridicule, yet he is the president of one of the most powerful nations on planet Earth.
Interestingly, Namibia's president Hage Geingob was present, and he offered no response to the dramatic incident created by Donald Trump.Perhaps Geingob never cared because he wants to maintain good diplomatic ties with the United States. A White House transcript of Trump's comments corrected his error, making clear that the president had not intended to invent a new nation and had, in fact, been referring to the very real country of Namibia, which is in Southern Africa.
This has raised a question hovering in many people's minds, Do they even care about Africa? When such mistakes are made it betrays a condescending attitude towards everything Africans. Or we could be totally wrong, it was just a mere slip of the tongue maybe. Whatever the case maybe, the American president has not been spared the mockery from such a debacle.
The reaction on Twitter was very sensitive. Others referred to "Nambia" as a country emanating from the frequency of sexual relations that Namibians have with Zambians and Gambians. Just pure satire. "Nambia's #1 export is Covfefe. Huge deal in the works to increase trade. Very, very big deal," tweeted Okay Africa. It still remains baffling that a whole president failed to pronounce Namibia well. Very baffling.
The reaction is just a manifestation of the delicate relations and other subtle tensions brewing between the blacks and the whites, that frustratingly seem perennial.