How many countries are there in Africa? Could you tell me which of them gained nationhood most recently?
What about the capital city of Zimbabwe? Or which country uses the rand currency?
If you’re struggling to answer any of those questions, you would not have fared well on the streets of Amsterdam recently, where a cheeky Africa-curious TV crew spent the day ambushing Dutch civilians.
Interested in finding out how much people really know about the world’s second largest continent, presenter Phay Mutepa and the rest of the Africa Web TV team trawled the streets to test the people’s knowledge.
One man, when asked to name five African countries, didn’t come off looking too clever, only managing to name one: “Congo.” His other responses were “Ashanti” (who we’re sure is a singer, rather than sovereign state) and “South Arabia,” an answer that is wrong on so many levels.
But it wasn’t all one way traffic, with some of those interviewed displaying a surprisingly impressive lack of ignorance.
One German interviewee in particular takes the presenter, from Zambia, by surprise when it becomes apparent that she listens to African music that Phay hasn’t even heard of – “You see, now I’m learning from her!”
Check out the full video below.
Oh – by the way, the answers are: 55, South Sudan, Harare, South Africa – easy, right?