Many desperate people from Africa, Asia and Middle East are now making perilous journeys in thousands in their attempts to reach Europe seeking green pastures. They are risking everything to cross the Mediterranean. Italy’s ports have become modern-time Kilwa, Mafia, Dakar or Lamu for Africans to enter Europe as it was for Europeans to enter Africa landing in the above mentioned city states. Europe is grappling with the heavy load of invaders just as Africa did when Europeans invaded and colonized her in the seventeenth century. Those poor but energetic and ambitious Africans, Arabs and Indians are called a calamity there due to the danger they pose to the economies and cultures of European countries.
Nevertheless, it is sad that Indians and Arabs are not seen with the same lenses as Africans are. Is it because of racism or ignorance? Why don’t they feel pity for them after considering how dangerous and adventurous their voyages are? Is the history repeating itself or is the law of reciprocity based on times displaying its nature? It is time to tell Europe to stop worrying for no reasons.These folks are heroes who want to help poor relatives made poor by black colonialists that are always in bed with Western ones. Africa’s economies can’t support their population thanks to playing a service role to Western economies. If the situation remains the same, Europe must brace itself for even more. Maybe, this is the new way of deconstructing the archaic system of exploitation enacted by the same European countries under colonialism, slavery and imperialism. This is why I fully endorse it. For I know. It will help all of us to see the problem as ours not Africa's or/and third world's as those who created such a dichotomous schema have always wrongly maintained for many years. Importantly, Europe needs to open doors, borders and hearts the same Africa did when first Europeans inundated Africa seeking spheres of influence that later became colonies.
Again, Europeans seem to have forgotten a simple fact that they once gone to Africa thereby colonizing her and destroying her economy and her ways of life. What did they expect out of an unequal and inequitable trade relationship the world evidences today? When they invaded to Africa, they did not have passports the same way our people are doing now. They’re called floods that’ll wipe out European good life standards. So be it; if they wiped out our own life standards before introducing slavery and colonialism. Swahili sages have a saying kula na kulipa. You eat and pay for what you’ve eaten. Or when you eat expect to be eaten. Aren’t we eaten by bacteria after our dead bodies undergo rigor mortis, chemical changes, when we die? The Europeans came to Africa and robbed her everything. Fortunately for them, Africans are not going there to rob or colonize them. But they’re going there to work because they’re good and hard workers. They are honesty and innocent victims of manmade exploitation in their continent. Again, the Europeans are the same humans who created the exploitation that is forcing Africans to flee their countries. That’s why they are not aiming at colonizing anybody. If Europeans flooded Africa in the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries, what’s wrong for Africans to flood Europe in the twenty first century as the sign of reciprocity?
I think European countries honestly need to learn about globalization they introduced to the world. They must do so by using the waves of economic immigrants. They need to learn that when you leave a thorn back in the farm, the same will hurt you one day. Time for colonial monsters to pay what they ate is now. European countries need to understand that what’s going on is, essentially, the real product of their plundering policies championed by capitalism. Africans have a saying that the capital of a poor person is his or her energy. This is why Africans are looking for good life and jobs in Europe after colonial monsters conspired with black ones to deny them works at home. These folks are looking for the means to live dignified and meaningful lives. Invest in Africa and create jobs. You won’t see the assemblages of Africans coming to your doors to destroy and infringe on your cultures and standards the way you destroyed theirs.
Source: African executive Aug. 26, 2015.