February 21, 2008
When Coconut Means Something ElseFunny how cultures differ in their racist slang. In the US, generations of schoolkids grew up familiar to the term "oreo", used to describe people who were "black on the outside but white on the inside."
In Africa, South Africa at least, they don't use "oreo", they use "coconut" for the same general purpose.
Here's an example of a South African editorial disparaging the rise of "intellectual coconuts" who write too much.
March 12, 2004
Building Furniture Out of Coconut TreesExhibitors promoted the use of the wood from coconut trees for building "furniture and household items" at the 9th Ghana International Trade Fair, according to this article on GhanaWeb.com.
From the article:
The Takoradi Polytechnic, as an educational institution, is said to have embarked on a "Coconut Furniture Project" as an alternative to other materials used for the making of furniture with the assistance of Mr Shinichi Ito, a Japanese Lecturer at the Institute.
February 04, 2004
The Digo Women and CoconutsAn article from AllAfrica.com on the Digo women and their cooking.
Coconut, which is highly prized by the coastal communities, plays a special part in their cooking. Everything, from the copra to the flesh and the liquid, has some use.
September 17, 2003
Call Someone a "Coconut", Get in Big Trouble, in South AfricaFrom The Star, a South African newspaper, comes this story:
The Democratic Alliance is taking African National Congress MP Cameron Dugmore to the Human Rights Commission for referring to a radio presenter as a "coconut".In the U.S. this would, I suppose be like calling someone an "Oreo". Funny how calling someone a "coconut" would probably not mean anything at all in North America (or am I wrong?)
You can read the full story here.
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