Yeah my friend said it. It is official. Tanzanians all-over this vast nation will be subjected to power rationing in new-year’s eve. How incredible!!! I am just kidding. I lived in Tanzania, all my life. I lived in Dar, Mji Mkongwe, Nungwi, Mjini Magharibi, Moro, Tabora, Dodoma, Tanga, Kigoma, Arusha, Lindi and even Mtwara. I have welcomed many new years in these towns with no notice of the fact that the calendar was changing. I will go to sleep at night and wake up the next day to another year and life kept going. No celebrations whatsoever!
Why am I raising this non issue then? I should just shut up!!! WTF. No…I won’t. It is because an American friend of mine reminded me of this non issue. The context of our conversation brought this topic to the open.
He said, Atlanta is the ideal destination for New Years Eve. Atlanta has a multitude of events suitable for anyone looking to have a fun and exciting New Years Eve experience. New Years Eve in Atlanta has become one of the most popular destinations for bars, strip clubs, lounges and nightclubs. Making it a great place for ringing in the New Year any way you want. It is known for its variety of options, formal or casual, with anything from live music and top DJ’s, to fireworks and top-shelf open bars, ensuring an enjoyable experience for anyone wishing to experience a bit of Atlanta nightlife on New Year’s Eve. Welcome to the Dirt South babe, he said. In the back of my mind I was just like…this guy can run his mouth.
We were just talking about the various options we could ring in 2011. But without power, all these activities will not be feasible. That was his point, not mine.
I guess my question is to my Tanzania friends. How are you planning to celebrate your New Year’s Eve without Power? To those in the Diasporas, how did you celebrate New Year’s Eve when you were still living in Bongo?
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