When Americans think of Africa, oftentimes the first thing they think of is people living in mud huts with no running water or electricity. While that is a reality for some Namibians, it is important to not generalize.
Namibians love television just like Americans and have all of the same cheesy shows that are played back in the states. On my first day with my host family, my host brother started watching the MTV show Ridiculousness. Another volunteer watched four hours of Keeping Up With the Kardashians with her family. In Tsumeb, I watched Minions and played FIFA, Call of Duty, and Minecraft on PlayStation.
What is on the radio? You guessed it, American music.
I have also been asked multiple times about how I feel about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Many people have smartphones here and are obsessed with WhatsApp and Facebook.
Although Americans may not know much about Namibia, Namibians are very aware of American culture. It makes me wonder why Americans do not know more about other countries. It seems like we are raised in a bubble to think that America is the best and nothing can compare to it. Seeing how things are not-so-different here has made me think a lot more about American culture and, I’ll just say it, elitism. It’s not about being better or worse than any other country, culture, ethnicity, gender, etc. Some things are the same country to country and some things are just different. I can’t say that America is any better than Namibia, it is just different.