Columnists

Language says it all

Coming from a culture where being straightforward and direct in communication is considered an asset, it has taken me a while to understand Swahili culture. Even so,…




Stamps & Signatures

To me, the sound of papers being stamped was something of the old days, but here I have learned not to underestimate its significance. Stamps and signatures are…


What to do?

These are the days when I see people all around me scratching a living out of nothing. A lady with a baby tied on her back sitting in…


Nyerere’s bridge

The new bridge to Kigamboni is a sight to see, so I have been told. It took almost five years to construct and was opened officially several…


Fomu

Never before have I filled in as many forms as I have here. Usually these forms are asking for the same details. Even within one institution, like…


A walk in Bongo

One of my typical days of here in Bongo I cannot imagine happening anywhere else. While out for a walk, I’m offered a lift so I pass…


The hope of good sales

Often I’m amazed at the seemingly relaxed attitude of people doing business on the roads, all hoping for a good sale. To me it looks like a…


As it comes

Taking things as they come is a good approach in daily life, especially here. Plans and intentions are always there — but the next phase is a…