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Colonial lexicon: “a small African country”

A few year ago, I started a successful media campaign that helped eliminate the habit of white journalists to append the phrase ‘former colony of …’ to African countries name in their articles.

The practice was, for example, to say “Nigeria, a former British colony” in any of their article, even if the article has nothing to do with Nigeria history.

Now has come the time to eliminate another colonial lexicon: the habit of appending “a small African country” to African countries mention.

In the image below, you’d see how a white journalist appended “a small african country” to Ghana regardless of the fact that the topic of the article was about sickle cell, and got nothing to do with countries comparative size in the world. Diminishing Ghana in that way was very much needed because African countries could only be small, or former colony.

You won’t see the white journalists doing the same for Belgium, a micro country in Europe, for Great Britain, a small european island, smaller than Gabon in Africa, or France a small country in Europe 3 times smaller than the Congo, or a country smaller than Texas.

For the white europeans, it’s only their countries which are great, and everyone else should be constantly diminished, insulted in a way or another for them to feel good.… Read more