Socially Balanced Equity Education


Growing up I always thought I needed to work at a lucrative job and make tones of money so that I can escape poverty. As a kid, I thought being rich was the best thing ever. Growing up in a poverty stricken neighborhood, I have seen and experienced the real problems associated with poverty. And, I tell you, poverty isn’t fun. Continue reading “Socially Balanced Equity Education”

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What Made 2011 Special for Me?


This was an incredible year. I finally had the opportunity to visit Soweto. It was an incredible moment for me to see the houses of both my favorite South African leaders, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. 

I also had the opportunity to work with my co-workers to organize an event to raise funds for the Mutombo Dikembe Foundation. I have always thought that I was of a decent height, until Dikembe Mutombo towered over me at the event. The whole experience resulted into a sore neck at the end. Is this how short people feel standing next to me?

I just had to take this photo. The girls were such a beauty along the side of the beach in Nungwi Village, Zanzibar. Aren’t they cute?

 This is the view over a window at the Zanzibar Museum in Stone Town, Zanzibar. It was too beautiful. I had to grab my camera and shoot this amazing scenary.

I had an amazing walk in those sweaty and humid narrow streets in Mji Mkongwe (Stone Town), Zanzibar. The shops are everywhere and the shop keepers are eager for you to unzip your wallet. 

I took the three shots below in the Rock City (Mwanza), Tanzania. I fell in love with Mwanza. The temperature was just right and the price was also right. The city was very gentle to my wallet. I will be here again in the near future.

 I just could not resist remembering this small restaurant just on the outside of the main bus stop in Shinyanga. The menu tells it all. I had to test the “LOST KUKU” and amazingly it was really good for the price. I will indeed eat there next time. Hopefully, I will find myself in this party of the country soon.

 

These three shots were taken in Meatu, Shinyanga, Tanzania. This is the only superstore in Town. Despite the lack of necessities in Meatu, I met the friendliest people on earth.

Kibogoji, what else can I say about it. This is the village that I humbly borrowed the name for my blog. The village is located somewhere between madongo poromoka in Morogoro, Tanzania.

 The three shots above shows some of the residents of Kibogoji.  The next two pics below shows the mountains surrounding the village of Kibogoji.

 Back in Dar Es Salaam. It was such a joy to meet and take photos of the people I love and remember as the year comes to an end. Merry Xmass, hear!!.

Enough with Tanzania and now back to reality-my reality that is.

This woman wanted to take a picture of me at the DICOTA convention in Washington D.C. and I was like ooh no babe! I have to take yours as well. I have no idea who she was, but her image is still fresh in my memory.

Tanzania will be “celebrating” and bringing 2011 in the Darkness.


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?
My comment box is always open for your comments, be creative!!