Friday, 2 December 2016

FIDEL CASTRO: AFRICAN HERO ATTRACTS DIFFERING OPINIONS

Fidel Castro and Mwalimu Nyerere at Dar es Salaam International Airport in 1977. Pic from Tanzanian Media

We live in a world of pairs. Two eyes. Duology.  Dark and light.
 Fidel Castro’s  death at 90, proved this point. Even his funeral tomorrow, Saturday, is has these two divergent views. I was not living in the West when Fidel Castro was a big hero in Africa, over 40 years ago. I was not aware of how hated he was here. This week? So much “rubbishing” of his legacy continues pouring throughout the media. Even the American leaders have proved the twin view. President Obama acknowledged his influence while the new President Donald Trump called him a dictator.  Our earth has this endless, differing double outlook.


AMBASSADOR MIGIRO : CALM, ARTICULATE AND TO THE POINT

High Commissioner Migiro chats with some of the attendees

There are several angles to last Saturday’s event in London.
Number one is a  small circulating announcement promising the very first occasion to hear Dr. Asha Rose Migiro’s talk after being here for a few months. Dr Migiro would brief us on “current developments in Tanzania,” this as British Tanzania Society  chair Dr Andrew Coulson warned his audience, was a gigantic task. It is one year into the new Presidency, and “whatever you say will be of interest...you cannot go wrong,” the Birmingham University lecturer (who once taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and worked in the Ministry of Agriculture) said amidst laughter.

The other dynamic was the content of the attendees.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

LAND OWNERSHIP ISSUE CONFOUNDS OVERSEAS TANZANIANS



Yes.  The big news was success of self made billionaire Mr Donald Trump. But for overseas Tanzanians concerns over their future overshadowed the US Presidential bomb.  A conference has been called in Coventry a city in the middle of Britain; emails and WhatsUp messages frantically exchanged. Desperate phone calls keep buzzing as you read this.  A plan to send a special delegation to our High Commissioner in London hatched. Next week Her Excellency, 
Dr Asha RoseMigiro is expected to address the British Tanzania Society on “Current Developments in Tanzania” ...and I am certain she will be queried on this week’s horror. The issue of land for foreign based nationals.

KISWAHILI KINAVYOPARAGANYA HERUFI “R” NA “ L”- 2



Tatizo la Kiswahili kuanza kudidimia siku hizi linatokana na sababu nyingi. Juu kabisa ni Watanzania  kutojielewa kinafsiya. Ndiyo tunajijua sisi Watanzania. Tunaishi wapi kijiografia. Lakini sidhani tunaelewa vizuri nafasi yetu kitamaduni hapa duniani. Matumizi yetu ya lugha yanaonesha “kuchanganyikiwa” huku kunakodhihirisha ulimbukeni fulani.
Miye Mtanzania siogopi kujitoboa jicho.
Chukua mfano wa mitandao jamii. Mtanzania atatoa maoni fulani tuseme ukuta wa Facebook.  Labda jambo zuri limeandikwa kwa  Kiswahili. Kujionesha ataandika maoni yake  Kiingereza au Kiswanglish. Au jambo limeandikwa Kiingereza, yeye ataweka maoni Kiswahili.


Sunday, 30 October 2016

KISWAHILI KINAVYOZIDI KUPARAGANYA HERUFI “R” NA “ L”





Watanzania tuamke jamani. Tumelala.
....Kiswahili kilianzia kwetu. Nchi kumi na moja zinazungumza lugha hii iliyotuunganisha na kutuletea amani zaidi ya miaka 100!
 Nchi kumi na moja! Ongezea idhaa kadhaa za redio, TV na mitandao jamii ughaibuni inayokitukuza Kiswahili. Jazia, vyuo.
 Hapa London kiko chuo maarufu cha lugha- SOAS ( School of Oriental and African Studies- Shule ya Masomo ya Mashariki na Afrika).

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

OF HORNETS, SPIDERS AND A SMASHED CAR WINDOW

If we start today’s chat with the word Vespinae, would you, instantly,  get what I am talking about? It would be wrong to suppose it is reference to the small motorbike called Vespa. Sorry, no pun intended but, Vespa is a joke compared to what Vespinae actually means. That dear friends, is the scientific name of Nyigu or Manyigu in Kiswahili. The no -nonsense insect bit me when I was a child growing on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. I might have been eight or nine AND funnily, I still remember the pain. Vividly. Like it was five minutes ago. So intense that I should compare the experience to a bullet wound; which not many of would like to try out, nor imagine.

VIPI TATIZO LA FIGO LAZIDI KUATHIRI AFYA ZA WAAFRIKA?- Sehemu ya 2




Majuma matatu yaliyopita safu hii ilizungumzia  tatizo la maradhi ya figo. Punde tu wasomaji kadhaa waliniandikia kuulizia habari zaidi.
Takwimu za afya Ulaya zinasema figo huandama zaidi watu weusi.
Ingawa bara lina kila aina ya virutubisho , mazao na hali ya hewa safi, bado hatujijali kiafya.
Je maradhi ya figo yanaepukika? Na kuanzia, figo ziko wapi na kazi yake ni nini?
Figo mbili ziko , juu ya nyonga,  chini ya ubavu, mgongoni. Kawaida mabondia wanapodundana, wakikaribiana, kila mmoja hujaribu kupiga figo. Kwanini figo idundwe?