South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has declared that having a pet dog is not African, and that black South Africans who buy a dog, take it for walks and to the veterinarian are copying white culture.
Well, he is, of course. But at one level he’s not. The dog is a descendant of the grey wolf. Which doesn’t (didn’t?) exist south of the Sahel where humanity started out. It appears that it’s something picked up on the way out of Africa. So not, in fact, African (although that’s all far too remote in time to affect the nonsense of Zuma’s particular point).