Monday: February 20th, 2012 Page One: Key stories of the day Deputy Minister Harrison Mwakyembe insists he was poisoned Despite police finding no evidence of foul play, Minister Mwakyembe, and his ally Minister Samuel Sitta, are convinced that he is a victim of an assassination attempt. Tanzania deemed a haven for money laundering schemes Along [...]
Well, at least that’s what research conducted by The Pew Research Center suggests. The BBC has summarized the ten most important things to come out of the research about Africa. Tanzania’s gain to fame comes at point number seven. The entire document is worth reading.
Intense things take hold of you in Africa. Thus another Conradian journey into the Heart of Darkness commences. Drink driving by an American who knows it would not happen back in civilization. An old white couple who have become Lifers. The kind of prisoners who have no chance of release. They are trapped, ‘That’s what happens [...]
One thing that you’ll notice while reading this blog is a diversity of views that co-exist under the rubric of Serengeti Advisers. Here you won’t find a homogeneous worldview. Ours is a sensibility defined by a Negative Capability, that is we are able to entertain a multiplicity of views and opinions, even when they are in [...]
Last week, the German broadcatser Deutsche Welle in collaboration with DED/InWent and the Goethe Institute hosted a panel discussion at the old parliament building, Karimjee Hall, on the challenges facing the media in this election year. One of the panelist was a young blogger by the name of Maggid Mjengwa. At the point where the discussion [...]
Continuing with the theme of writing, here are ten rules from writers on writing fiction. Margaret Atwood has one of the more interesting ones: You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You’ve been backstage. You’ve [...]
M.G. Vassanji was born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Pennsylvania. Having immigrated to Canada in 1978 with a PhD in nuclear physics, Vassanji began writing fiction while teaching at the University of Toronto. Mr. Vassanji is the author [...]