I have yet to visit an African country where, in the space of a 20 minute conversation, your colleague doesn’t answer her phone four times. People will answer a call in a middle of a large meeting and carry on conversations.
This cultural sensitivity of mine might be unfounded, and thoroughly Amerocentric, but I simply can’t believe it persists as a polite social norm in any society. Methinks the culprit is voicemail; I have yet to see it offered by any mobile company.
I think I’m going to start a wristband campaign.