I don’t have any original thoughts on this. But my friend Eric does.
A wonderful post from a few days ago: For Those Who are Still Colonized. Eric does a lot of thinking about Africa and I’ve learnt a lot (and always enjoy reading) from his writings.
Slightly more recent and academic: Egypt, Protests, and Women: Invisible and Hypervisible. Recommended if you have a bit of time to sit, read, and think.