Yesterday Niantic’s PokemonGo became available on app stores of both Android and IOS for a number of African countries.
Avid players of the game like myself in Africa were happy to be acknowledged but like everyone else in the world, was hoping for an update to make the game more interesting.
My happiness was short lived when I came across certain comments on PokemonGoNews’s Twitter feed showing gross ignorance, painting a very clear picture that discrimination is not going away any time soon.
Here are the comments I found:
The third tweet is more ignorance than anything. So I can ignore it.
No! I can’t.
How do you call yourself Jesus on Twitter and say dumb stuff. It’s 2016 for crying out loud, there is a smartphone everywhere!
The first two tweets are just the worst. People’s thoughts on Africa are just stupid. It’s inexcusable to think that Africa doesn’t have cellular technology.
Even if you think otherwise, why would Niantic bother? Their data on their servers suggest that the game activity in Ghana is active enough to warrant to open it up on our app stores.
It’s amazing that the smartphones that the above tweets originated from couldn’t be used to double check their thoughts on a search engine before posting.
My initial reaction to the tweets was anger and then dissapointment, that with all this awesomeness that technology provides us, we are still far behind.
The tweets were unwarranted but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they don’t know that Africa has smartphones and not everyone is hustling for food.
You know what, I can’t.
I can’t wrap my head around it.
In the great words of Ghanaian comedian Lil Win, “I don’t think far”.
Even if we are hustling for food, some of us are using a smartphone to get that food and as we munch on our jollof (or whatever it is we have for lunch) we may catch a Dragonite or Pikachu in the process.