by Kiflu Hussain
A man belongs to his fatherland when things are good and life is sweet. But when there is sorrow and bitterness he finds refuge in his motherland. Your mother is there to protect you. She is buried there. And that is why we say mother is supreme. Is that right that you, Okonkwo, should bring to your mother a heavy face and refuse to be comforted? Be careful or you may displease the dead. Your duty is to comfort your wives and children and take them back to your fatherland after seven years. But if you allow sorrow to weigh you down and kill you, they will all die in exile.
Excerpt from “Things Fall Apart”pg 94
Chinua Achebe put my perspective right by reminding me that I am still in Mother Africa. That’s the beauty of re-reading
a great book. Speaking of Mother Africa, how many of us Ethiopians make our fellow Africans at home whenever they come to our turf? A couple of days ago, I heard, with a great sense of shame, that a Ugandan who lives in Addis was spat upon and insulted by a beggar and a homeless Ethiopian because of her skin color! Unlike most of us Ethiopians who flee in a desperate voyage to many African nations, this Ugandan who was discriminated against in a city that prides itself for hosting AU is an expat with a diplomatic status. In the last six years of my exile life, I learned that there is no desperation to leave one’s home in most African nations like there is in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and DR Congo.Although, our ultimate goal is the “Greener Pastures,” life dictates us to sojourn indefinitely in our neighboring countries.While, I didn’t see any bigotry from the Congolese community that propels them to look down on fellow Africans, unfortunately, I cannot say the same about members of the other three communities. In fact, as evidenced by that beggar and homeless Ethiopian, it’s still a bigotry that we can’t get rid of, even after decades of Mengistu Lemma’s BASHA ASHEBIR IN AMERICA. It was a poem about an Ethiopian who considers himself a nobleman. Thus, being discriminated against on the basis of his skin color like other “Africans” was unthinkable to this Ethiopian “nobleman.”Yet, he learned the hard way in America that he is no different from the other people of African heritage. Of course, a considerable number of my fellow Ethiopians may try to deny the undeniable by arguing that the vulgar homeless Ethiopian is no reflection of the Ethiopian society known for its “hospitality.”But I stick to the old adage, no matter how cliché it sounds, and say “society prepares the crime and criminals commit it.” It’s high time that we Ethiopians get our perspective right on our fellow Africans by working aggressively against our bigots.
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