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Delta Airlines Tweets Apology after Depicting Ghana with Picture of Giraffe



Delta Airlines - June 2014 - 01
You’ve probably heard of a couple of foreign folks who haven’t visited Africa say “In Africa, the citizens are naked save for a wrap around their waists” or “they live in mud houses” or “they all hunt for animals day and night”.

After the football match between Ghana and the USA, Delta Airlines celebrated America’s victory by sending out a tweet, derogatorily depicting Ghana with a giraffe.

Minutes later, the tweet went viral. The airline later apologized for the tweet.


  1. February93

    June 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

    an annoying incident like this is the reason why I believe Ghana should have won instead… #gutted

  2. Marie Antoinette

    June 17, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Nonsense! Most Americans are ignorant. And it’s a disease ravaging them. Same way Ellen displayed her ignorance yesterday too with her tweet. Haven’t they seen a picture of a black star? Or the statue of Kwame Nkrumah? Or a picture of the famous Kente fabric?

  3. deb

    June 17, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Y not just Google and search for Ghana’s flag, instead of behaving like a girrafe.

    • AW

      June 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Lol! Right on the mark!


    June 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    This is so derogatory to be real. Sometimes, an apology doesnt even cut it…

  5. slice

    June 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    there is absolutely nothing derogatory about it. they only got called out b/c ghana doesn’t have giraffes. it’s a beautiful picture and wasn’t meant to be derogatory

    • Impeccable

      June 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Exactly…only mistake was not researching a GH landmark or anything/something that symbols national identity.

    • nene

      June 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      lekwa mumu. be there talking rubbish.

  6. Author Unknown

    June 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    It’s not derogatory at all when you consider that in the tourism industry, animals are the allure of Africa. Same would apply to Nigeria. I think it’s more the inferiority complex of Africans at play…or just the fact Ghanaians are being sore losers 🙂

    • nene

      June 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      lekwa mumu. be there talking rubbish.

    • Author Unknown

      June 18, 2014 at 2:38 am

      I don’t speak your language. Maybe you should write in English, and while you’re at it make some sense.

    • Ready

      June 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Really? Really? How closed-minded of you who hold this viewpoint. So tourism is all we’re known for now? With all the natural resources and increasing middle income level people, animals are still the allure of Africa? Get with the times. Dust the cobwebs in those brains.

    • Author Unknown

      June 18, 2014 at 2:42 am

      Maybe you can get Arik airlines to promo Nigeria to tourists to journey several miles to come and watch your natural resources and middle income level people. Yeah, they’ll have a bleeping good vacation…smarty pants.

    • Iris

      June 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      “…animals are the allure of Africa”? WTF! Which animals in West African countries are alluring? This is precisely what irritates me. So they have “alluring” animals in parts of eastern and southern Africa and that is equal to the entire continent, yes? Abegi.

    • Author Unknown

      June 18, 2014 at 2:46 am

      Iris. You need to understand my statement in the tourism context. The pyramids in Egypt, and the safaris are what sell Africa to outsiders. It isn’t my doing, it’s just what we have that they can’t find elsewhere. Does this in any way suggest that we have giraffes but not automobiles? No. It’s a sales tactic. There are no landmarks in sub-Saharan Africa that are recognizable to Delta’s target market – the Americans. So now, will you stop thinking like a giraffe?

  7. nene

    June 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    americans are known worldwide for their ignorance and stupidity, and when people hate them they wonder.

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