As some of you very faithful blog readers may remember, in early 2010, we posted this after encountering our first "Yes We Can-dy" in Kenya: Obama Gum. It remains a favorite phenomenon, and though it is Kenya that has a claim to President Obama, all of Africa feels a certain fascination with the American President. In fact, as enthusiasm in Kenya has waned a bit (seeing that Obama being President of the US means little for Kenyans), Obama Gum has become harder to find there.
However, there is a pecking order for these things within Africa, and Kenya's leftovers get sent to...Burundi. So, we can still find Obama Gum here, though I don't like to think about when it might have been produced.
|Obamania in Gum Form: 2010|
Last month, visiting DR Congo for the first time with the Eye Team, I was delighted to find that the Hero Gum is, in fact, quite egalitarian. So, I'm happy to present to you another Hero Gum: Nelson Mandela.
Seeing as though I only found the wrapper, I unfortunately cannot provide you with a side-by-side taste comparison, which (I think we can all agree) would have been absolutely fascinating.
|Hero Bubble Gum #2: Nelson Mandela|