Popular

Ethiopia Will Now Grant Visas on Arrival to African Travelers

Ethiopia is the latest African nation to ease travel for African foreign nationals.

Ethiopia is making travel a lot easier for African nationals.

The country's President Mulatu Teshome, announced at the opening of parliament on Monday, that the country would begin to grant visas upon arrival to African nationals, easing the inconvenience of having to apply for them in advance. "A relaxed visa regime will enhance both Ethiopia's openness and will allow the country to harness the significant stopover transit traffic of Fly Ethiopian," he said during the ceremony.

According to Africa News, the move comes just after the country began issuing visas online for tourists and other visitors from across the world under the order of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.


All African nations were to scrap visa requirements for intra-continental travel by 2018 as part of the African Union's "vision and roadmap for the next 50 years" mission. Yet, according to the BBC only 22 percent of African countires allow for African foreign nationals to enter visa-free.

Last year, Kenya scrapped its visa requirements for African travelers, joining countries like Namibia, Mauritius, Ghana, Rwanda, Benin and Seychelles which have all eased travel within the continent, reports BBC.

In 2016 an African Passport was introduced intended to grant entrance into all 54 countries, but it has only been available to certain high-ranking officials like Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and Chad's Idriss Eby who were amongst the first and only leaders to receive one.

Though there appears to be widespread support from citizens and leaders for open travel within the continent, governments have been slow to act on the matter, and in some countries it is still considerably easier to enter on a European passport. In South Africa , for example, "citizens of only 15 African nations can travel without a visa, yet holders of 28 different European passports can enter the country freely," to quote the BBC directly.

MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB:

Why is it so hard for Africans to visit other African countries?

These privileged Africans are the first recipients of the African Union passport

A visa-free Africa still facing hurdles

'Thandazinto' single cover from Kwaito artist Makhalanjalo.

Listen to Makhalanjalo's New Single 'Thand'izinto'

Listen to new artist Makhalanjalo's kwaito single 'Thand'izinto' from the upcoming album 'Amanzi'.

Makhalanjalo has released his highly-anticipated single "Thand'izinto". The single is the latest offering from the the relatively new artist who has swept through Cape Town's music scene. "Thand'izinto" comes ahead of the upcoming album Amanzi.

Keep reading... Show less
Photo by 2020HHA/Getty Images via Getty Images

Burna Boy's 'Destiny' Makes Biden-Harris Playlist as Inauguration Day Arrives

Burna Boy's 'Destiny' has been featured on the US presidential inauguration playlist which will usher into office President-elect, Joe Biden, and Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris.

Burna Boy's "Destiny" has reportedly been included in the US presidential inauguration playlist. The international Nigerian artist is the only African that features on the 46-track playlist which will usher in the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden and his Vice President, Kamala Harris. The playlist was produced in partnership with Insecure creator Issa Rae's music label, Raedio. The playlist comes ahead of the inauguration ceremony which will be taking place later this evening. Burna Boy also featured on former President Barack Obama's Summer playlist in 2020.

Keep reading... Show less

Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

Joeboy has dropped the music video for his latest track 'Lonely'. The endearing track features on his upcoming debut album 'Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic'.