In Summary
  • The worst thing for me, is the entirely too strenuous visa processes that embassies tend to insist on.
  • US President Donald Trump is continuing to talk about the wall he wants to build so that his people's jobs are not taken.
  • Greece has added another requirement to their visa application – upon return, you must present yourself at their embassy's offices to prove that you have returned.

I just came from an absolutely amazing holiday in Greece. The terrible thing about coming back from a beautiful country with ridiculously gorgeous sunsets, fantastically ancient historical sites and a national culture of feta cheese and olives is that though you are glad to be home, because home is best, the nostalgia of being footloose and fancy-free plagues nearly your every waking moment.

I wish this was the worst thing about being back, but it's not.

I'll probably get over my holiday blues at some point, hopefully in the near future. The worst thing for me, is the entirely too strenuous visa processes that embassies tend to insist on.

Ok, I get it. Many people of African descent run away from their countries to Europe and North America to look for a better life.

A good number of these people are opportunistic, simply using the 'FOX TV' fed view of Africa to get economic or political asylum easily and thus live in the land of what they perceive to be milk and honey.

But as Warsan Shire said, No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark. Why would you want to leave everything you've ever known for the unknown unless you were in the worst type of danger?

It is this very assumption fed to us by the still-felt ravages of colonisation, that abroad is better, that majuu is where everyone wants to be, that prompts embassies and high commissions to require you to bring a veritable booklet of proof of social ties when you're applying to go to their countries.

SHEAVES OF DOCUMENTS

Proof that you're not like 'those other Africans' who want to go and take advantage of their citizens' hard-earned taxpayer money for your own advantage.

Trevor Noah once did a set about the strangeness of immigration policies in foreign countries. Brexit was driven in part by the idea that immigrants are straining an already struggling economy.

US President Donald Trump is continuing to talk about the wall he wants to build so that his people's jobs are not taken.

Yet all these old colonial powers ('old' is even untrue) did this to Africa just a few centuries ago. They came and said their countries were better, and stronger, and thus should rule everywhere.

Then when that form of colonialism was toppled and they went back where they came from, they were surprised that we had bought the lie that they were better, that their life was of a higher quality and standard, and we wanted in.

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