As usual, the situation in Eritrea was completely taken out of context by the recent Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on the human rights situation in Eritrea. I’m expecting quite a lot of viewers of this blog this evening, so to make your search a bit easier, here are some important links you should consider.
Here is a tumblr dedicated to posting the various lies made about Eritrea… check it out!
Here is an interesting documentary “Eritrea: The Other Narrative”

 

Eritrea did call on the United Nations to take on an independent and transparent investigation against the human trafficking of Eritreans. CLICK HERE!
Here is a detailed article about human trafficking that explains the ‘history’ of migration of Eritreans:
Here is a blog post I’ve written in the past, basically calling the Freedom Friday movement/robot call campaign on its bluff.
Here is a blog post I’ve written in response to some media channels accusing concerned Eritrean citizens of being spies.
About ‘opposition’ members in the Diaspora threatening newcomers…
…here is one that you can read clearly as it is in English.
This is a picture of 11209398_10205546612999014_8365680649054353995_na flyer that was distributed among people, threatening them that if they attend the annual Eritrean festival there, that they will be in trouble. This flyer is written in Tigrinya, one of the major languages in Eritrea.
Here is the video of Eritreans in Israel celebrating the 24th anniversary of independence, 24 May 2015… This video basically goes against the narrative that all Eritreans in Israel hate their country.

Average black girl

I was once asked by a reader of my blog about what my stance is in regards to making negative stereotypes positive; this was my answer:

To be perfectly honest with you, I have a hard time thinking of a stereotype that can be made positive. There might be some that are not as harmful as others, but still are quite negative because in their nature, stereotypes are not true depictions of people but imagined ones. And personally, I don’t know of any stereotype that truly characterizes all people of that stereotyped group, whether positive or negative, because in the end, people are individuals entitled to their own opinions, beliefs and practices. For instance, some people think I’m a musician or singer because of my hair. Now, that’s not such a bad thought, and I do enjoy playing the guitar and singing… but if someone concludes that I am something that I am not just by looking at my hair, that also implies that they can’t or are not interested in seeing me as who I really am. This issue of agency or lack of is a detrimental issue among those who come from postcolonial countries, those who have definitely been negatively affected by stereotyping as it often manifests to racism and xenophobia.

If asked this question again today, I would answer the same but thanks to Ernestine Johnson, I know how using art, such as spoken word, can be used to pronounce and reverse stereotypes by basically owning the stereotype.  “I’m not the average black girl… I can only aspire to me.”

The power of her poem is just mind boggling, and judging by the comments, shares and “likes” I received after posting the video on my Facebook wall, this power was felt beyond national, racial, ethnic, religious and gender boundaries. The video below is a MUST SEE!!

2015… Let’s do this!!

Posted: January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

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I had given up on New Years resolutions a few years ago because I was never able to keep them… The most one, having being broken almost every year since I was 9 years old, was to keep a diary.

This year, I have decided to go at it again and try to make practical resolutions that I really want to keep because I think I’m old enough to have enough discipline to do so. Well, we’ll see how it goes…

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieHe had not been back in Nigeria in years and perhaps he needed the consolation of those online groups, where small observations flared and blazed into attacks, personal insults flung back and forth. Ifemelu imagined the writers, Nigerians in bleak houses in America, their lives deadened by work, nursing their careful savings throughout the years so that they could visit home in December for a week, when they would arrive bearing suitcases of shoes and clothes and cheap watches, and see, in the eyes of their relatives, brightly burnished images of themselves. Afterwards they would return to America to fight on the Internet over their mythologies of home, because home was now a blurred place between here and there, and at least online they could ignore the awareness of how inconsequential they had become. (Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, pg. 117)

It is startling and at the same time hilarious that many of us think that your situations are unique, when there’s a very good chance that others are going through the same things. Coming across the above paragraph as I read the book, I can’t help but reflect on how similar the situations of migrants and those in self-imposed exile are despite their nationality/country of origin. Although the setting of her novel is between Nigeria and the United States, Adichie could very well be speaking of Eritreans in the Diaspora.

To talk of how those in the African Diaspora engage with themselves through the world wide web is an interesting and telling tale of the contemporary postcolonial situation. And to reflect on the issues revolved on such a situation through literature is truly what Adichie does best. Her book is not about the similarities among those in the African Diaspora, but by talking about those from Nigeria, she explains (intentionally or unintentionally, I’m not sure) the issues the African Diaspora has to deal with in today’s postcolonial world. I have every intention to be done by this book by the end of this week, and maybe I’ll write more about it soon.

Having that been said, I intend on writing a lot more blog posts on postcolonial literature and postcolonialism in general and will even create a new blog category under those names.

Louis FARRAKHAN V.S Mike WALLACE (1996)

Below is a clip from an interview  of Louis Farrakhan conducted in 1996 by Mike Wallace from ’60 minutes’ (an American television newsmagazine program). Mike Wallace accuses Nigeria of being the most corrupt nation in the world… and Louis Farrakhan’s epic response still holds true to this very day. In fact, his message resonates true to just about all western countries.

Let the citizens and peoples of the tricontinental, especially those in the Diaspora, go to their countries and help their people out of the conditions they are in, conditions which have been perpetuated by neo-imperialism.

 

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Through history, music in Eritrea, like many other parts of the world, was confined in regional premises. With the advent of media technology however, the sound of the beats and the ingenuity of folkloric music Eritrea possesses started spreading its rhythm to the rest of the country and the region.Although there is no specific time as to when and how music became a part of the Eritrean cultures, it is however definite that the history of music goes as far as centuries when it comes to folkloric music and original cultural rhythms that represent the true identity of the Eritrean cultures. Inviting different artists to join us in our Independence Day celebrations would continue. And, actually it is in its infant stage, we have in mind to organize massive concert in Eritrea in which different artists from all over Africa would participate.

 

 

Check out a past blog post of mine about African music bringing African people together by clicking HERE!

If you are interested in this blog post, you might also be interested in reading this article on a Media Forum conducted by the Eritrean Embassy in London.

Below is a video of an animated essay, the essay written and narrated by Maria Popova with animator Drew Christie. I’m posting it here on my blog because I believe it is a powerful explanation and demonstration of how people may cultivate true wisdom in the age of information through storytelling. I am also in full agreement that great storytellers matter more than ever in helping us make sense of this world. However, I hope that those who visit my blog and see this video are also encouraged to use information technology and/or storytelling to counteract grossly imbalanced public discourse.

You may find the essay text in full below the video.

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