Some things are too ridiculous and absurd to be angered by. A Scottish actress, Louise Linton, has caused a storm in Zambia and on social after publishing a book about her ‘experiences’ during her gap year in Zambia. I don’t mind when someone gives an objective story of their experiences in my homeland, be they good or bad, but nobody wants lies, especially outright ones, to be written about their country. One of the things Louise said was that she was in Zambia during the monsoon season. Monsoon? Zambia is landlocked and so there are no monsoons. She also said that there was war between the Hutu and Tutsi – well, that happened in Rwanda and Zambians only heard about this on the news or from refugees who fled to Zambia because of the peace and tranquility there. Did she seriously think that her story would be accepted without people fact-checking? Well, she got the publicity that she may have been seeking.
Anyway, there was a worldwide uproar and Louise has issued a public apology to me Zambians.
Why have I written about the ridiculousness? Because it is too fantastic to be believed and angered by and funny, very funny (though also very offensive).
Have a nice evening/day, all.