Things you should never say to a Zimbabwean
We’ve all been there – you meet someone for the first time and that moment they realise you’re Zimbabwean, they suddenly start spouting random comments on your ethnicity, childhood, experiences or just ask the most annoying questions ever.
Here are a few of the most common things people say that annoy Zimbabweans.
“Is Limpopo in Zimbabwe and where is Zimbabwe?” Seriously people. Get it??
“You can’t be Zimbabwean – you’re white.”
Apparently many, many people truly believe that only black people can be African. Never mind the fact that migration these days mean anyone of any race can be born and live pretty much anywhere.
Yes, we have white Zimbabwean, Indian Zimbabwean, coloured Zimbabweans, black Zimbabweans, Asian Zimbabweans, Latino Zimbabwean – we’re a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities and if you don’t know at least that about our awesome country by now, there’s no helping you!
“Say something in Zimbabwean.”
Yes sure , because we speak South African. No. Just no. We have 10 official languages but Zimbabwean is not one of them.
“Did you have a pet lion?”
Of course! We all live in the bush, have pet lions and warthogs and we ride our zebras to school. Only rich people get to ride elephants to school because they cost so much money to maintain. We also have never heard of cars and clearly rode our zebras all the way to London/New York/Sydney dreaming of a life with electricity and running water and wifi!
“Do you know my friend John? He’s from Zimbabwe too.”
“Oh John! Yeah he and I grew up on the same street! How do you know John?”
Come on people, we have a population of over 16 million people, you really think we’re going to know every other Zimbabwean in the world? Bonus points if they add ‘he’s from Africa’!
So please spread the word, spread this list, and don’t, just don’t annoy a Zimbabwean with these silly questions.
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