Sky News presenter doesn't seem to know what a proverb is

Lowenna Waters
Tuesday 16 April 2019 15:45
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Sky News presenter Jayne​ Secker has been left red faced after she seemed unable to comprehend what a proverb is live on air.

Secker was talking to gospel rap artist Guvna B about what communities can do to keep children occupied and away from violent crime.

In response, Guvna B replied:

My mum’s from Ghana, and she used to say this Ghanaian saying that ‘it takes a village to raise a child'

However, Secker appeared to misunderstand the fact that the statement was a proverb, instead taking it completely literally.

In response, she said:

But we’re not in a village in Ghana and people don’t necessarily feel there is much of a community in some parts of London at least.

Ouch.

Really?

Guvna B has to be praised for his poise, and his measured response, that shows extreme levels of politeness.

In turn, he said:

That comment’s quite stereotypical because I live in Greenwich, southeast London, and I feel like I’m part of a community.

Later, taking to Twitter, he clarified the comments:

FYI “It takes a village to raise a child” is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe & healthy environment.

Many people on social media were quick to praise Guvna's measured response.

This isn't Secker's only awkward interview of late. On the same day, she was branded 'patronising' during an interview on Monday, in which she ranted about the incompetence of young tenants.

HT The New Statesman

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