7 times newly-elected UK PM Boris Johnson denigrated Africa as foreign minister

July 25, 2019 at 09:44 am | Opinions & Features

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Associate Editor

July 25, 2019 at 09:44 am | Opinions & Features

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Boris Johnson. Pic credit: Dan Kitwood

Africa a country

In October 2016, the UK independent reported that Johnson had referred to Africa as a country during a speech at his party’s conference, reflecting on his first three months as Foreign Secretary. He was speaking in reference to life expectancy on the continent when he made that blunder by referring to Africa as a country.

‘‘For all its difficulties, life expectancy in Africa has risen astonishingly as that country has entered the global economic system.

‘‘In 2000, the average Ethiopian (16 years ago) the average Ethiopian lived to only 47, it’s now 64 and climbing,” he said.

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