Bantu Dragons: You may have seen the phrase Bantu Dragons floating around on the internet, specifically Twitter, and wondered what it means. Well it all started when a user with the handle @s_tesfamariam started a thread titled “An East African women appreciation thread.” In the thread she goes ahead to post photos of beautiful ladies from Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and even Egypt. The fact that her thread left out beauty queens from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and other East African nations got ladies from those regions seething with anger. Another user @Ftmoon could only add insult to already wounded psyches when she tweeted “real East Africa is Somalia/Ethiopia/Eritrea not some Bantu Dragons from Burundi or Kenya” (sic). This was in reference to the perception that ladies from the countries the user mentioned are more beautiful than those from the Bantu-dominant Kenya and Burundi. Whether this is true or not is a matter that may take eons to settle.
The issue of which country or region boosts of the most beautiful ladies in the African continent is not new. A similar firestorm erupted in 2014 when a questionable poll conducted in South Africa ranked Kenya among the lowest in the beauty index. Kenyans were quick to remind everyone who cared that Lupita Nyong’o (among other well-endowed Kenyan beauties), a darling of western media due to her well documented exploits in the film industry, was daughter of Kenyan soil.
Now back to the present, the cheeky Bantu Dragons tweet ignited a storm that has gripped the twitter space up to this moment. While Slay queens from omitted E.A. countries have come out loudly to tell the northerners off, some humorous heads took advantage of the situation to air what they consider behaviour of the less cultured.
Here are some hilarious reactions.
Tumeitwa Bantu Dragons. I don't know whether to cry or get a Targaryen prince to ride me pic.twitter.com/YB5PGAKtsM
— Ambisextrous 🌈 📚✏🎨 (@Mekatilili_) August 21, 2017
Slay queens wameitwa Bantu dragons 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/erpthnITOM
— Kung (@Okwonfree) August 21, 2017
Vile Bantu dragons wanacheki hii thread😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/w0H8XOxBLq
— wacha tu! (@Mokorayat) August 22, 2017
Whether you're a slay kween or ghetto pwincess, we are all Bantu Dragons pic.twitter.com/aVYoqqaLPd
— Skippy (@AonjelaPel) August 21, 2017
Bantu dragons akikutext 'babe am just snackin' pic.twitter.com/F2K8oXgeCt
— Gladiator in jeans ?? (@eduzmi) August 21, 2017
Kenyan girls were not the sort to take a blow lying low and chose to hit back with their own thread aptly christened ‘East African girls appreciation thread’ courtesy of one @soafricane
East African girls appreciation thread ????????????
For the rest of the eastern region check @s_tesfamariam's thread
— • (@soafricane) August 21, 2017
All said and done, some egos were badly crushed and it will take sometime to heal.