Again, we would like to leave Germany and its doors, to introduce you to other cultures and their stories – this time in the metropolis Cairo! Zaki, a young blogger and film maker, grew up there and has told us about his wishes for his home country and where he wants to go in his life.
I, Alessandra from your Doorknob-team, met Zaki (24) in a bar in New York – a lot of funny. long nights, discovery tours in this amazing city and good times were meant to follow!
What do photos of the winter in New york and at places with amazingly high temperatures have in common? – You are gonna read about it tomorrow, here! 🙂
While I was interning with a publishing company in Manhattan, Zaki went to college while working full-time in New York for one year, in the field of digital media. Unfortunately I haven´t made it to Egypt to visit him so far, but luckily he offered us insights into the city and his life there by e-mail! 🙂
Five questions for Zaki!
1. Where exactly is the door to your home, and how do you like the place you are living in?
The door to my home is just outside of Cairo, in the suburbs. Cairo is a very diverse place, as there are people from all social classes around here. Engaging with different people coming from different backgrounds excites me a lot. I love my city and my country, the heritage we have is amazing and there is so much to discover here. For me personally, I don’t really see much potential for a future here in Cairo since the entrepreneurial community is still scratching the surface.
2. Can you briefly describe the political situation in Egypt these days?
This is one of the most difficult questions, and people ask so often. In my personal opinion, the political situation is very unstable, there is so much corruption to deal with in Egypt even after the revolution in 2011 and after two “Presidential elections”. I’m not saying the president is corrupt but even if he wasn’t there is so much more in the system than the president. The regime needs to be filtered big time. One of the major problems we currently have in Egypt is the lack of freedom of speech. People are getting locked up for opposing the current regime.
3. Which changes are you wishing for that should happen in your home country?
Education is the most important tool we need to focus on in Egypt. Education will bring up higher calibers in the coming years, people will actually learn what “democracy” means.
4. What is your very own blog about and why do you want to work in media?
I think that media is one of the most powerful tools that can actually have an effect on people, if not the most powerful. People all over the world are getting influenced by the mainstream media (newspapers, TV, radio). This is exactly why I want to work in media.
The internet is playing a great role as an unfiltered tool, you can post whatever you want without any constrains.
My blog currently is about travelling and exploring new places, eventually I will step it up a little and talk about inspiration, trying to get people to actually go out there and find their passion in life.
5. Which door are you dreaming of to pass through? 😉
I do not really have one door that I dream of passing through. Still, I have aways had this sense of exploration inside of me. A place I have actually been dreaming of visiting is an island close to Brazil that has a population of people that have never had any contact with another tribe or any other people outside of that island.
To be continued! 😉
Best wishes from your Doorknob-team 🙂