Very often people will encounter being asked where they come from, especially when they are in foreign countries, and thus are treated as foreigners.
The status of being a ‘foreigner’ in a foreign country is enough for ‘locals’ to be curious to know about your country. This reality is across the board, wherever you go, the same story repeats itself.
As well as it’s pleasurable talking to others about one’s country of origin, interesting things, however, can be tedious.
There have been times, when I had to explain which part of Africa I come from. This started when I decided to tell anyone who asks me “Where do you come from?” that I come from Africa, instead of the usual “I come from Ghana”.
There have also been times in which I had to endlessly explain about where I come from. This happened when I used to answer that I come from Ghana.
I adopted the “I come from Africa” approach the day I had to
lie to tell a curious person that I come from Brazil, and that Ronaldo is my cousin.
At the time when people learn geography in schools, or from travelling encounters, others learn it solely through watching soccer!
This type of people only know legendary countries in soccer, although they may not know, in which part of the world, these legendary countries are located.
As much as people know Brazil, they also know South Africa. But surprisingly; unlike Brazil, it takes a genius to explain the difference between South[ern] Africa, and the Republic of South Africa to some people.
I come from Brazil, and Ronaldo is my cousin – A curious man once asked me where I come from. Upon saying ‘I come from Ghana’, he immediately added, “Ghana… err.. next to Brazil, right?” I endorsed, immediately, “Actually Ghana is part of Brazil”.
My friend became more curious and excited; he asked whether I knew Ronaldo. “Ronaldo is my cousin”, I added.
Our conversation became even more interesting and was prolonged. The conversation became such interesting after I
wrongly agreed with him that I’m from Brazil and that Ronaldo is my cousin. This change in tone happened, simply because my friend was honoured to chit-chat with a mysterious cousin of Ranaldo.
Since that incident, I decided to answer similar questions with “I come from Africa” rather than “I come from Ghana”. So as, if another curious person relates me to the Republic of South Africa, it’ll be relatively realistic rather than being related with Brazil.
Relating someone from Ghana with (the Republic of ) South Africa doesn’t make them come from South Africa, but both countries are in Africa. As for Brazil, it really has to be a hard-core miraculous, for it to be in Africa.
I come from Brazil, and Ronaldo is my cousin. So, friends, where do you come from? And who is your cousin? Have you ever encountered a situation like that? Kindly share with us your story in the comment area.