Some people think that Africa is a country. Some people, such as the New York Times editors, think that Ivory Coast is two countries (see below). Many people struggle to name prominent politicians in the countries where they live. Zara is not like any of these people.

She is a little girl who can name the presidents of Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mali, Sudan, Republic of Congo, Botswana, Gambia, Tanzania, France, Angola, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Namibia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Brazil, Portugal, USA, Russia, the Philippines, China, Colombia, and Argentina. Plus Joe Biden.

She can probably also name all the people who’ve pronounced themselves president of Burkina Faso in the last three days (but for that you’d need a considerably longer video). She does name Blaise Compaore, so this was filmed before the uprising there.

Zara for president!

She’s well ahead of the New York Times, who recently abolished Liberia in favour of a second Ivory Coast.

Like the New York Times, CNN could certainly benefit from having someone like Zara on staff — she’d never have let this kind of thing past on her watch.


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