Africans on Twitter have gone ballistic on BBC Africa after the new site published an article with the headline.
”Coronavirus in Africa: Could poverty explain mystery of low death rate?”.
The headline suggests that the low death rate from COVID-19 in Africa could be as a result of the high level of poverty in the continent, though the body of the article seemed to agree that the youthful population and strong immune system might have helped Africa record low COVID-19 related death. The headline however is perceived by Africans as a reminder of the Narcissistic and exploitatic mindset of the west towards Africa.
While some appreciate the body of the article, many Africans are not accepting the headline and have taken to social media to react. They claim the headline mirrors the ”hatred” the West has for Africa since Coronavirus has not killed Africans as much has it has killed Caucasians.
The enraged Twitter users insisted that a more ”respectful” headline that would not portray Africa as a ”poor continent” should have been used.