British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson refers to Africa as ‘that country’ (VIDEO)
During a speech at the Conservative Party conference, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson mistakenly called Africa a “country” instead of a continent.
Johnson made the remarks on Sunday in what was his first speech as Foreign Secretary to the party.
Johnson, whose job it is to cultivate relations with other countries, was discussing how life expectancy in countries across Africa had risen in recent years, which he said was largely down to UK foreign aid, when he made the slip up.
"Life expectancy in Africa has risen astonishingly as that country has entered the global economic system," Johnson said.
Johnson’s mistake didn’t go unnoticed with many taking to social media to question his education in light of the gaffe.
Dear expensively educated & apparently quite bright despite the buffoonish exterior Boris Johnson AFRICA IS NOT ONE COUNTRY— TonyCross (@Lokster71) October 2, 2016
Africa is not a country Boris. I'm so glad you said that in private with nobody watching. #laughingstock— Lisa Ryan (@Lisa_V_Ryan) October 2, 2016
Boris needs to go back to school. Africa a Country??? Oh my days...Taxi!!!— MilenaZP♿ (@Italiataff) October 2, 2016
Seriously, did Boris just call Africa a "country?"— Miles (@geraldmiles87) October 2, 2016
These are the idiots we have in charge? #CPC16
Africa refers to Boris Johnson as 'that English twit'. https://t.co/oabIDeIt2X— Stuart Buchanan (@StuBuSA) October 2, 2016
This isn’t the first time for Johnson to cause some controversy while discussing Africa, having previously written that Africa was “a mess” and would be better off as a colony.
"The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scrambled once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty," Johnson wrote.
He also wrote in 2002 that many of the people in African countries are like "flag-waving piccaninnies" whenever the Queen visits.
In '02 Boris Johnson, the new UK foreign secretary, said blacks in the Commonwealth were "flag waving piccaninnies" with "watermelon smiles"— You may call me SIR (@StaggaSays) July 14, 2016
It wasn’t just his geographical error that raised an eyebrow on Sunday though, with his reference to London as a “great jiving funkapolitan melting pot” also leaving people a little mystified.
A great jiving funkapolitan melting pot. Yes folks, BoJo is speaking at #CPC16— Moonraker (@CombeGibbet) October 2, 2016
"a great jiving funkapolitan melting-pot" feeling nauseous— David Shariatmadari (@D_Shariatmadari) October 2, 2016