“Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient,” said US President Donald Trump at a lunch with African leaders in New York on Wednesday, reeling off a list of their nations’ achievements.
But no such country exists.
Could the US leader have been referring to Namibia? Zambia? Or perhaps, The Gambia?
Social media users wasted no time in offering their own explanations.
Country in global south created in 2017 due to the frequency of Namibians having sexual relations with Zambians and Gambians.
— Elnathan John (@elnathan_john) 20 septembre 2017
One person shared an image of US race activist Rachel Dolezal, who identifies as black despite being born white, and who recently visited South Africa:
— Lil Uzi Rouge (@whimsikal) 20 septembre 2017
So what would the ‘Nambian’ flag look like? https://t.co/c2hTj2StIn
— ina skosana (@inaskosana) 21 septembre 2017
According to researchers, Nambia’s #1 export is Covfefe. Huge deal in the works to increase trade. Very, very big deal.
— OkayAfrica (@okayafrica) 20 septembre 2017
— ((((JoshuaWarren)))) (@JoshWarrun) 20 septembre 2017
Some Twitter users bristled at President Trump’s comments about Africa’s “tremendous business potential”.
“I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich. I congratulate you, they’re spending a lot of money,” Mr Trump said.
“It [represents] huge amounts of different markets… It’s really become a place they have to go, that they want to go.”
— Lau van Overbeek (@lauvancrus) 20 septembre 2017
Others defended Mr Trump, saying that aside from the “Nambia” blunder, he made some valid points.
This isn’t a point to be mocked, actually. Most American businesses and investors are completely missing a massive economic opportunity. https://t.co/fMfBba5NvH
— Ian Koski (@iankoski) 20 septembre 2017