Selam you took the words right out of my mouth! So happy to see my fellow Ethio girl see the imperialistic racial divides that still play out in the mobility of us as Ethiopians and other African people. Living in Europe gives one the illusion of an open and mobile world but the surprise comes when your passport cant take you around your own continent.
The fact that you wrote about it gives us the room to finally talk about this absurd, nonsensical restrictions that we as Africans face. I dont mean to sound entitled but it really makes no sense to me that Ethiopians whose country was the pioneer of African Unity have such a hard time being mobile in the continent that calls Addis the Ethiopian capital, the capital of Africa.
On the other hand I hope this piece is able to bring up some constructive dialogue on why we Africans maintain the sabotage and harm that colonization, slavery and imperialistic agendas have helped create and as we speak maintain.
A decolonization and emancipation of our minds and thoughts are essential places to start, the discussions taking place in the AU are nothing but old men with old school ideals talking about so called progressive futures for modern day Africa. We the youth who make up the larger portion of this continent are swept to the side, our opportunities limited be it by travel restrictions, lack of good quality education or prevalence of nepotism.
Am not saying we shouldnt take any blame for the current state of things, what am saying is we should come together to create momentum for change.
Why is mobility a right for occidental countries while we as Africans remain immobile? I have looked for answers for this questions for a long time, I am yet to find it. Some would say diplomatic, historical and economic reasons, but such answers still dont answer the above question in several aspects.
Ps: Keep your head up and proud to see a fellow female techie going out their and helping the much deserving African start ups.