Africa doesn’t need your help if you work in a mall | Arthur Simeon

Updated : Sep 19, 2019 in Articles

Africa doesn’t need your help if you work in a mall | Arthur Simeon


The toughest part about being an African person on this planet is that everyone thinks they’re better than us. All of you think you’re better than us. And the silence – you’re like yeah, duh. Of course. That’s not true. Don’t get me wrong – some of you are, but not all of you, okay? And I will explain. I joined a group conversation recently. A girl noticed my accent. She’s like, “Excuse me. You have a bit of an accent; where are you from?” I said, oh, I was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. She’s like, “Oh, amazing coincidence!” “I just came back from Uganda three weeks ago.” And I was like, oh, did you enjoy your visit to my lovely home country? She goes, “Oh no no, I wasn’t there visiting.” “I was there helping out.” I’m like, oh, did they call you or something? Like, what is… She’s like, “Oh no no, you don’t understand.” “I work at Lululemon at the mall and I took three weeks off and I went to Uganda to help out.” Ah! Now here’s the thing. I grew up in Uganda. I understand the expertise we need in so many different areas of life: medicine, engineering, nursing, maybe even urban planning, okay? This girl works at Lululemon at the mall. Who was looking for tight yoga pants expertise? Listen! If you work at the mall… I’ve lived here long enough to know that if you work at the mall and you’re over the age of 21, you have already failed in life. You have already failed in life. Why are you taking your lack of ambition and mediocrity to a place that already has its problems? No, no no no no no. You stay right here, stay in your basement apartment, and stay the hell away from my people.

100 Comments

  • And thats why your on a stage in England…cos Africa is so good thats why your still there…Africa…shithole continent

  • Some orphanages and ngos need all the help they can get…help must not always come from engineers or doctors or rich people in other for it to be deemed worthy.its really crazy to see how most of you guys in the comment section support discrimination against poor people.i know its a joke but it was articulated very terribly.

  • Africa is not that poor maybe they not that educated but they not all poor. Only white people show tv ads saying help this poor African children lol so they could collect money ๐Ÿ’ต only god know if those poor kids reaches that money

  • Entertain a problem after crippling a countries system and killing every good leader that doesnโ€™t worship fake democracy the same sins yโ€™all did to build your countries and once you are done you send your kids to sing kumbaya, this world man ๐Ÿ˜

  • If its a 21 year old at a mall then they are probably just working through college. I know its joke but its not very funny when itโ€™s questionable

  • I'm pretty sure that girl cries herself to sleep now after that roast lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ but I do understand how annoying it is when people who are not better than you think they are.

  • Nah we'll take the shop girls.He is playing.Help is always welcome but hey so are visits.This continent is beautiful!

  • Welp thank you for making me feel bad for working in a mall. I like to sell clothes. Why throw us under the bus. You clearly need a stylist at clearly. That shade was hurtful hahahahhahaha. Hit right home lol

  • IM CLAPPING๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • The people who use the expression "failed in life" with job/monetary income as a reference are the ones who failed in life.

  • How come white people are better comedians they never have to talk about the same old boring race joke white comedians are just funny

  • Sad, when people from countries who are failing come to America and claim that there's no issues with their government. sigh

  • Unless Black Panther is real, and they are secretly hiding some advanced technology in a city built on a vibranium crater, I'd say anyone being sent to his country to help would have more skill than the most advanced person in his country simply by way of watching hours of science and nature videos on TV.

  • What are Africans doing to help themselves? Africa is not the responsibility of the civilized modern world. We are not responsible for their existence.

  • Don't mind him, if you're not a doctor or something don't visit but you can send us your money just don't come if you can't treat or help us physically

  • Can't tell you the amount of white girls on POF that have that one fucking photo of them in an African school lol

  • I was suprised when I came to Canada to see commercials urging people to donate. In all half of my life in Africa, i had never seen those organizations there, helping. They send people there on your donations for an experience to say they helped. I remember I went to Maxi, shopping and young college kids were asking for donations to travel to poor places. She had the guts to tell me to my face that she has travelled the world and i, a hard working African could never save enough money to see my family with how expensive life is in Canada.
    If you wanna help anybody, use your own money to travel there and give the money directly to the individual you want to help and pay for stuff they would need.
    And I have to admit that charity will not help much, just in the short term. What Africa needs is a gvt for the people with a system and structures in place for self-sustenance.

  • I do have a feeling that failures from developed countries come to Africa to "help" just to feel great,useful and fanned over for once..and yes if you are not donating medical equipment.. funding legal aid..or something like that,…STAY YOUR WHITE ASS AT HOME

  • Iโ€™m over 21 and work in a mall…. Okay iโ€™m quitting tomorrow and going back to school. Fuck this guy. I gonna get that degree then go help out in Uganda. Thatโ€™ll show him.

  • And Comedians bring a lot of expertise ๐Ÿ˜’oh wait he doesn't count because he doesn't go back home to help ๐Ÿ˜ฎ…..help by the way is a broad spectrum and could mean any kind of help! P.s. unless this dude is Chris Rock, Eddy Murphy, Steve Harvey, Somore , Wanda Sykes or any number of interesting known comedians I would say being a mediocre comedian is not the biggest success in life either speaking of failures.

  • When i was child my mom said me finish your meal in Africa they can't find food, I ate. I don't know how it help all this years I ate.Now I have big belly

  • Brother said basement apartment ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • I dont get it mate. What is wrong with working in a mall and helping other people๐Ÿ™„ where is the funny part๐Ÿค”

  • If "anyone" with "any occupation" from "anywhere" around the world comes to my country to help my people in "any way" would make me grateful. Period๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • 1:11 If you think there is a word called "failure" in this life, you are the one who failed man. No one ever failed in this life because there is no goal to achieve, no place to arrive… it is just a journey. wherever you are it's a right place wherever you go it's a right direction.. this includes helping others while you work in a mall… got it?

  • I like how this video sparks a debate here. But the people who didn't like the joke plainly just didn't get it. It's sad because they took it out of context and made it sound sinister.
    The comedian doesn't need your help. Not all of Kenya need your help. And most certainly, if you can't actually help, then stop bragging about it.
    "Saviour mentality" is a thing. People who think they're better than most just because they gave a shirt. I've seen it happen in our country. They weren't doing it for the people they're "helping", they just do it to look good. Simple as that.

  • Working at the mall or not … if you can afford to take 3 weeks off of work to travel to another country you aren't failing at life. You might have questionable taste in leisure activities, but not failing at life.

  • Yes i see it everyday in my personal life. Especially being a covered muslim lady from the African continent. Ppl at retail shops or wherever esp white ppl always hv this initial look in their eye which most disguise but am looking at them back thinking 'oh you probably think youve just encountered a refugee when i have a bachelors degree in a sought after field and are more educated than you will ever be'. Its no fun when its just thoughts, wouldve been better to voice it๐Ÿ˜. But ppl have the bad habit of judging a book by its cover. Africans are not all refugees and muslims are certainly not terrorists!

  • This man isnโ€™t bashing the intelligence or skills of people in retail. Heโ€™s referring to the voluntourism industry that sells โ€œthe experience of a lifetimeโ€ to people looking to see an exotic part of the world. Volunteering + cool travel adventure = opportunity for anyone with enough money to pay for it. These companies rely on money from people attending their trips to survive. Really, youโ€™re just there doing the easiest, most benign task they can find for you and youโ€™re thinking โ€œwow, Iโ€™m really helping out the poor Africans.โ€ Tourists who go on these trips are silly if they donโ€™t realize that they are doing anything a local could do.

  • Africa is one of the richest continent stuff on the face of the Earth why in the world would people think that they actually need your help if you work in the mall we have minerals under the face of his own surface even technology that most countries don't even have there are hot poor areas in the continent of Africa but there are a lot of very rich areas in Africa also air War stricken errors and property but they're also nice areas and livable areas

  • but do you have to be rich or be successful in life in order to help? even that one blanket that one mosquito net that one mattress it can make a difference to someone. what has museveni or you done for that matter done to curb the number one killer in uganda which is malaria. over 70k pple a yr die from malaria and a simple thing like a net can actually help. it doesnt take an engineer or a doctor to actually do that. & it doesnt matter if they r doing it for the social media, infact it just helps spread the word. i personally dont agree

  • "All of you think you're better than us."

    Well I'm pretty sure there's a reason you're saying that. The word "insecurity" comes to mind…

  • Because, JERK "COMEDIAN", she wanted to sacrifice her time, gifts and energy to come and SERVE people like you, but NO, you are here mocking her like she's a failure and disrespecting her!!!! Like it matters what profession she is?! Seriously! You have NO profession at all, and you come to mock her?! Jerk

  • Well actually just the tourism dollars help the country so if she works at the mall and can still afford to travel she must be doing something right. Also my former boss had a store in a mall and after 25 years she closed her doors we had a huge sale including the fixtures and donated thousands to Uganda to help build a school so you're welcome.

  • It is not the developing world…. it the post-colonized world. The continent was developed way before Europe was an idea.

  • This the truth. You want to help Africa? Do businesses with them and let them grow themselves. They have smart people who are eager to change their countries. So let them. And we become their partners. Media sucks because they only portray the dark sides of the beautiful African continent.

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