Garowe, April 26, 2019 – Somalis are as attractive as they are contraversial in Africa. They are tall, slim, light-skinned, soft-haired, simple, generous and naively trusting. Africans of opposite sexes love Somalis. They are the most welcome people socially in all countries of Africa. African women are particularly fond of Somali men while Somali women are rare species for sex-hunt by African men. The problem for them is that Somali women are conversative in value, and are not readily available for social interactions with their opposite African sexes. These strained social relations often create jealousness and racial tension in societies, where Somali expatriates live predominantly like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia and further to the South and West Africa. Often Somalis are individually most welcome in those sister African countries for their physical appearance, their daring character for adventures and entrepreneurial talents.
Somali expatriate population play fun upon each other on accusing having sex relations with their African counter-parts, rumours, gossips and jokes continually straining social relationships among Somalis themselves there.
The irony is that almost all African countries look Somalia as a country with suspicious eyes, having bought the centuries-old anti-Somalia propaganda by emperors Menelik and Haile-Selassie of Ethiopia.This anti-Somali propaganda in Africa and around the world had worked well as it worked for Arabs against jews, and as it worked well for Siyad Barre Regime against certain clans and sections of the Somali society.
To find solutions to such cultural steorotypes, we have to work hard on them, but mostly do “Peaceful Reconciliation” even in Africa in the same fashion Somalis need it.
About the blogger:
This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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