Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to point your finger? Well, she was right, and it’s best not to point in Africa (especially at people).
Yes, there is a good chance you might see some people that are unfortunate on your journey, please don’t be rude and point at them.
This could also turn the tables and immediately peg you as a tourist if you are pointing at everything you see.
If you’re on the street, this is likely to attract hawkers who will try to sell you everything under the sun.
And if you want the best bargains while shopping, it’s best not to point at an item to show your friend how cool it is, you’ll never get a deal like that.
So when you’re traveling in Africa, keep your arms to your side and just enjoy yourself.