Mwandani – drink your beer and watch the match… :-)

I’m getting emails about new blogs for the BlogAfrica aggregator at a pace of roughly four a week these days. I find it basically impossible to read the whole BA feed most days, but I’m trying to spend some time with each new blog we’re adding.

My favorite new find: mwandani, a blog in Swahili and English from JN Tungaraza, a Tanzanian living in the UK (I think…) A recent post – “Mtu Kwao” – offers some great reflections on the challenges of being an African in Europe (or anywhere in the North for that matter…):

where are you from?

Tanzania

Tanzania, Tanzania, Tanzaniaa… Excuse my geography, is Tanzania near Zimbabwe?

No, no, no… Tanzania is in East Africa… Mt Kilimanjaro you know? Near Kenya…

Kin-yaa! Beautiful country, lovely place innit? Safari…lions, zebras… waw!, but, but, but… Tanzania lotsa poverty there, hey?

It depends on what you mean by poverty…

I mean… you know… No war over there?

No, never has been a civil war down there, its all good…

Ooh, So you are not a refugee then, what do you do… student?

No, I’m not a student… just living like anybody else…

Sorry, I just wanted to know y’know, our knowledge of Africa is from the news you see… from the telly y’know what I mean? But it is true that there are a lot of dictators down there yeah? Like, like, this man… Muk-gabi… he’s shocking innee?, bloody horrible, he chased away all the good farmers…he’s bloody killing people… and now poor Africans are dying, no food, bloody unbelievable!

You talking about Zimbabwe land reforms? I reckon it is not a clear cut issue… the media wont give you the other side of the story… have you seen any other news than HIV-aids, war, poverty and Mugabe?

Well, I didn’t mean to offend you… I’m just saying… African leaders can be bloody horrible.

I gather you know all about where I’m from… Look, I am here to have my beer and watch soccer right?… Go tell your views to somebody else!… Because I know… and I’m not gonna sit here and listen to your bloody bollocks…

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4 Responses to Mwandani – drink your beer and watch the match… :-)

  1. Bill Ainashe says:

    Ethan,

    This is hilarious! I like it very much..

    Bill

    http://www.ainashe.net

  2. ndesanjo says:

    Joseph Tungaraza is a treasure in Kiswahili blogosphere. He is based in Australia.

  3. Jeff Msangi says:

    I agree with Ndesanjo,Tungaraza is not only a treasure in kiswahili blogosphere but a gold treasure.I loved this writting a lot.

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