It started from an experience that I had. I went to volunteer at refugee camps on the Tunisian-Libyan borders in June 2011 and my father, who was still in the army, was managing all the refugee camps in the south.
I spent some time there and the refugees were coming from Libya and they were migrants from all over Africa. I got a chance to understand the historiography of Africa, meeting people from countries I’d never heard of and ever studied about. It was eye-opening to me.
There was the aftermath of the Tunisian revolution in 2011 and the focus was on the Middle East but I was really fascinated about how youth movements across Africa got inspired by our movements. A few weeks after the revolutions, a Senegalese youth movement started raising the same slogans, and the Burkina Faso, and then other countries.
I was really fascinated with that idea and I wondering why there was no attention to our continent. But after the experience at the refugee camp, I got a chance to go to Kenya for the Global Voices Blogger Summit because I was, and still am, a blogger. More