In life, often times, some actions or inaction are considered offensive by our friends or foes.
Especially, that awkward moment when your silence is translated to mean pride, arrogance or having ill-intention. Irrespective of how much effort you put into convincing people of your innate characteristic of 'keeping to self' at most, it is fundamental that you encounter, at first, stern disapproval of your explanation.
Africa is a continent with diverse cultural beliefs and practices. And having studied the Asian historic cultural development, I found some contrast in varying cultural practices.
A simple example, typical of an African child, will be to extend/ use the right hand when offering an elderly objects. While using the left hand will be offending or disrespectful it often attract some level of punishment. This is what we call 'Respect' in the Nigerian traditional settings. But in other parts of the world, the choice of which hand to use is optional and depends invariably on the available (free) hand.