Marianne Ngalula, Junior Accountant (2016-present)
Originally Answered: What do black Africans think about black Americans (and vice versa)?
Born and raised in The Democratic Republic of Congo (central Africa).


First, I hate when I hear people saying “I’m planning to spend my holidays in France, Mumbai, Beijing, London, Oslo, Melbourne, and Africa.” Africa is not a country for god’s sake! Africa is a continent with many different countries just like Europe or Asia. What’s even more sad is that you will hear that even from Black American. It’s like they don’t care themselves. Like they are not awared of their own history (ancient history). Black History is not just Martin Luther King. But I guess after so many years/centuries away of their own lands, they faced different challenges that made up a new story of ‘Black people’. Their own story of what ‘Being Black’ is. Which can be very understandable. But Africa is not a country, no!


Their culture is mostly associated with Rap/Hip-Pop music which itself is rough and sometimes seen as brutal. If someone asked me “Give me three things/words that come to your mind when you hear Black American” I would say “Guns, N**ga, bad english”. This is sad but … I cannot help it.


I lived in London for almost 9 or 10 months. And when I went back to my country, and people would hear me speak in english they will say “Your english is very different! It’s more beautiful and it’s seem like a serious language. ” I would go “That’s because you spend your time on american english.”


Why “serious language”? Because whenever you ask someone to speak english they go “Hey N***ga! Wassup bro!” “Get the f**** out of my way!” or “Really N***ga” (This one is very famous)! Or if they don’t really know english they just say “A yo man!” shaking their fingers like rappers.

為什么人們會把英式英語視為“嚴肅的語言”呢?因為大多數黑人都喜歡模仿美國黑人的說話腔調,他們都會說“嘿!”N**ga(尼哥),今天過得怎么樣!”,或者“都他媽的給老子滾開!”或者“你認真的? N**ga(尼哥)”(這句話非常有名)!即使有些人不懂英語,他們也會模仿說唱歌手的樣子,一邊晃動手指,一邊說“A yo man!(呦,兄弟)”。

So to sum it up, we have quite a bad image of Black Americans, although many people in my country envy them. I think they envy more ‘Living in the USA’ than ‘Being a black American’. But this can also be argued. Someone told me once “Why didn’t my ancestors become slaves so that I would be born in the USA and be an American today…” I was shocked! Yeah pretty messed up minds!