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Africans Have a Laugh at Themselves Imagining ‘If Africa Was a School’

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Zambia, Citizen Media, Humor
A photo shared on Twitter by different users such as @ColloTheBoy showing why all dormitories would be located in South Africa.

“#IfAfricaWasASchool all dormitories would be located in SA…” A “South Africa: Bed and Breakfast” meme shared on Twitter by different users such as @ColloTheBoy.

African Twitter users are at it again, making fun of the continent, its countries and their leaders.

Last year, it was the #IfAfricaWasABar hashtag [1]. This time, Africans are using #IfAfricaWasASchool [2] to make hilarious comparisons between aspects of school life and aspects of daily life in African countries.

Here's a selection of some of the better tweets published on Twitter.

African leaders

On President Jacob Zuma of South Africa:

The rand is South Africa's currency. Zuma has no formal education.

On President Yoweri Museveni [5] of Uganda:

Museveni has been Uganda's president since 1986, and he won a controversial fifth term in February 2016 elections with over 60% of the vote. The political country's opposition claims that the poll was rigged, and international observers and human rights groups have also criticized the election process. [8] Many of the country's leading opposition figures have been placed under house arrest for months. Authorities have shut down social media more than once [9] in what some see as an effort to stymie discussion.

On President Muhammad Buhari of Nigeria:

In Nigerian primary schools, a pupil is usually appointed class captain, whose job is, among others, to compile a list of fellow students who make noise in the absence of a teacher. This list is usually handed over to the teacher and those involved are punished..

On President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe:

President Mugabe, 92, has been Zimbabwe's president since 1987.

African countries

On Egypt:

Egypt sits mostly in Africa, but parts of the country stretch into Asia. Many Egyptians don't consider [16] themselves to be African.

On Zambia:

Zambia's leaders have a tendency to calling for national prayers to solve problems such as power shortages, election violence, depreciation of the local currency etc. In October last year, President Edgar Lungu called for national prayers and fasting [18] on to ask God to intervene in the country's many issues of the day. Zambia's constitution declares it a Christian nation.

On Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwe is set to print its own version [20]of US dollar due to cash shortage in the country. The country introduced the US dollar after abandoning its own currency because of hyperinflation.

On Madagascar:

The island of Madagascar is about 400 kilometers (250 miles) off the eastern coast of southern Africa.

On Kenya:

Kenyan runners have dominated long distance races for many decades.

On South Africa:

On Ethiopia:

Ethiopia and Liberia are the only countries in Africa that were never colonised [33].

The continent of Africa

Other tweeps joked about the continent in general:

Finally, the African Union was not spared: