10 words President Trump could’ve used to describe Africa

10 words President Trump could’ve used to describe Africa

The Washington Post has reported that President Trump, in response to a bipartisan group of lawmakers discussing protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries, asked, “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?”

President Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring in more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday, or Asian nations that White House officials say President Trump feels could help the United States economically.

Students in Livingstone, Zambia. (Photo credit: Jonx Pillemer)

Students in Livingstone, Zambia. (Photo credit: Jonx Pillemer)

Today, President Trump is denying those specific words, but acknowledges he may have used “tough” language. Even so, we at ONE take offense at using those words to describe any nation, particularly the African countries that we work with on a regular basis.

In fact, we’d use a completely different set of words to describe African countries:


Professor Jane Catherine Ngila. (Photo source: mg.co.za)

Just look at these female scientists, named the top in their fields by the African Union. These smart African women are experts in technology, global health, water pollution, and more—their work helps people living in their own countries and beyond.


A photo of Durban, South Africa, featured in our 2015 blog post, “54 countries, 54 photos, 1 continent.” (Photo source: Instagram user awharvard)

As a continent, Africa is an incredibly diverse and beautiful place, from the heights of Kilimanjaro to the coasts of South Africa. Many African destinations regularly land on tourism publications’ list of top spots, which is why we made a list of our own. Check it out and start adding these gorgeous countries to your bucket list.


Eva Tolage in Tanzania. (Photo credit: Sam Vox)

Tanzanian Eva Tolage, 17, spent years rallying her fellow students to campaign their government for a clean water source in their village. Her bravado and determination to make change happen in her community is just one example of the amazing activism that takes place every day in African countries.


Schoolchildren in Ghana with the bamboo bikes. (Photo credit: Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative)

After getting a degree in Business Administration, Bernice — a young entrepreneur from Ghana — became her own boss when she started a bicycle business. Her eco-friendly bikes not only help the environment, but help improve the lives of those living in her community.


From left: Stacy Owino, Purity Achieng, Ivy Akinyi, Synthia Otieno and Macrine Atieno outiside a classroom in school. The five girls from Kenya will be representing Africa in the annual Technovation challenge. (Photo courtesy of Technovation)

Last year, these five young women from Kenya were selected to visit Google’s Nairobi offices after they developed an app to help girls at risk of female genital mutilation. In fact, Kenya is one of the most technologically advanced countries in Africa, known for its pioneering mobile money transfer apps.

Want more? We’d also describe African countries and their people as strong, brave, hopeful, kind, and determined. So the next time President Trump is looking to describe these complex and incredible countries, we hope he’ll pick a more accurate word.


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