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South Africans Aren't Happy With a Journalist Who Referred to President Cyril Ramaphosa as an 'Unidentified Leader'

"Journalists are human beings who can make mistakes, but this seems to stem from a point of ignorance," wrote one Twitter user.

South Africans are in a row on Twitter, after a White House reporter for the Associated Press failed to recognize the country's president in a caption of a photo shared showing world leaders at the G7 Summit in France.

The image shows Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, France's Emmanuel Macron, India's Narendra Modi and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa huddled together as they have a conversation—each leader is named in the tweet, except Ramaphosa who is referred to as an 'unidentified leader."

The blunder did not exactly sit well with South Africans, who were quick to call out what could be interpreted as a Western bias, considering the fact that the journalist was able to recognize every other leader.

"This is very embarrassing," wrote one Twitter user. "A 30 second Google search would have revealed that he is Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa."

"She can identify all the white men but she is unaware of the only African and black president in the picture. Shame shame," wrote another.


While the journalist has not deleted the original post nor addressed it directly, she tweeted the picture once again on Monday morning, this time correctly identifying and tagging Ramaphosa.

This hasn't stopped social media users from responding to the tweet. While some are finding humor in the blunder, others are calling it "ignorant," and are demanding that the tweet be deleted. Here's more of what folks are saying:








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Can you tell us more about your background and when you first started painting?

I am a self taught artist. I started drawing from when I was really young. I mostly used graphite pencils and paper. But about six years ago, I think it was 2014, I wanted to start getting into color. I was a university student at the time and I lived in a hostel with three other people, so I couldn't go traditional so [instead], I started making paintings digitally, first on my iPad and then on my laptop with a Wacom. I have been painting ever since.

What would you say are the central themes in your work?

I personally think my work celebrates beauty (African beauty to be precise) and occasionally absurd things. I really just want to make paintings that are beautiful.

How do you decide who or what you're going to paint?
I do not have an exact process. I do use a lot of references though. Sometimes, I had an idea of how exactly the painting would look, others I just make it up as i go along.

Can you talk about a particular moment or turning point in your life that made you want to pursue art or a creative path?

I am not sure–I did not actively pursue art in a sense. I was just doing it because it was fun and I wanted to. Then people all of a sudden wanted to put me on projects and offer to pay for my hobby. I have thankfully been able to make art and also work in a separate field—which I also enjoy–by day.

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