Ingawa muda umepita tulioko Ughaibuni tunawapa pole waliofiwa Karatu. Tumeangalia
picha zilizosambazwa kwa uchungu, maastajabu na majonzi. Kama mzazi picha moja
iliniuma sana. Watoto wa Lucky Vincent wamesimama wakijitayarisha kuondoka safari yao ya
mwisho. Wamevalia mavazi ya shule: furaha
ya mtoto. Masomo, maisha, matumaini.
Ila picha inayostahili
kujadiliwa zaidi ni ya wanaume kadhaa wakikwea basi , wakijaribu
kunyofoa maiti zilizojibana bana. Hapa
ndipo kilipo kilinge na janga letu Waafrika leo.
I first met Joseph Otieno Adamson when he was
managing a music studio in Hackney, East London, 1999. I was then hosting a World Music Nights at two
venues in the city. Some of the artists had been recorded and produced or were
known to Joseph since the days he was a popular musician in Nairobi in the 1980s.
images posted on social media do not have captions. Most senders have received them
elsewhere and merely want to “pass on” with no comments. Only a few people
write meaningful captions. Majority of us think the internet is a place of self
exhibition and self reassurance. I am here.
Watch me. Me, me, me.... But the duty of social information, as every true
journalist knows is inform, educate, break news to our communities and
eventually assist in meaningful change.
That is why I liked recent captions by
a prominent Tanzanian businessman
recently. Both are in the two main official languages of Tanzania. In the first
one, displayed last week, Mwafrika Merinyo, wrote :
women goes unabated in Tanzania
Ukatili dhidi ya
wanawake unaendelea bila vikwazo Tanzania!”
I must admit when
I was a young twenty something old, I used to hold a piece of cigarette in my
hand, just to look cool. I never liked the damn thing, but I just found it
appealing and what is the word? Chic. Chic is “smart” in French. It is also
“elegant”, “stylish”... “Dapper”, “debonair”.
Oui. The French might say, “Alors, c’est tres chic!”
equivalent is Utanashati. Sharobaro.
In my youth days it was, Bitozi. Alluding to the best band of all
time, The Beatles. Made in Britain. Chic.
Chic was a name of
a 1970s African American band, which we loved to pieces. I still do, I should
confess. Recently, the Chic co-founder, Nile Rodgers, (pictured)released an autobiography.
Really funny, sad and very tough reading.
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
Fidel Castro’s death at 90, proved this point. Even his
funeral on Sunday, 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