Kiswahili Blogosphere This Week

Mwandani writes about the plight of African immigrants in the West (in English and Kiswahili).
His post was spotted by Ethan Zuckerman through BlogAfrica aggregator.

Tanzania's leading photoblogger, Issa Michuzi, comes across “World Trade Center” in Marangu, Moshi, Tanzania. He posts a photo for Tanzanians living abroad of a Dar Es Salaam resident drinking young coconut juice, a popular beverage along the East African coast.

News and discussions about the presidential and parliamentary elections in Tanzania, which took place last month, have dominated Kiswahili Blogosphere. Miruko and Kasri la Mwanazuo posts names of the new cabinet (in Kiswahili), Kaka Pori posts the new president's maiden speech in Parliament while Fikra Thabiti analyses it. Fikra Thabiti says that Jakaya Kikwete is the first Tanzanian president to admit that political situation in Zanzibar is getting worse and needs to be addressed. Kikwete, in his speech, promises to promote Kiswahili in the world. For a start, he is sending Kiswahili instructors to Libya and Congo DRC. Harakati does not want voters to forget promises made during the campaign. He therefore posts the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi election manifesto.

Da Mija writes about the only female presiential aspirant in the in the 2006 general election in Tanzania, Anna Senkoro. Anna Senkoro participated in the race on Progressive Party of Tanzania-Maendeleo ticket. She received 0.17% of the vote. Candidate for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi, Jakaya Kikwete, won the race with over 80% of the vote. However, Da Mija still congratulates Senkoro for showing an example to other women.

Msangi Mdogo posts a photo of a Member of Parliament , Janet Kahama, sleeping during the first session of the new parliament.

Few Tanzanian bloggers have met face to face. Recently, two Kiswahili bloggers, Boniphace Makene and Jeff Msangi based in the US and Canada, met in Toronto. And they took this picture.

2 comments

  • […] I really enjoyed meeting and talking with Elisabeth from PodcastingNews.com and Anne from EatFeed.com! Also, got to chat some more with Ndesanjo Macha, the Tanzanian blogger from Greensboro who writes in both English and Kiswahili. Posted by Ruby @ 1:30 am , 1/9/06. Filed under: rants. […]

  • […] I really enjoyed meeting and talking with Elisabeth from PodcastingNews.com and Anne from EatFeed.com! Also, got to chat some more with Ndesanjo Macha, the Tanzanian blogger from Greensboro who writes in both English and Kiswahili. Posted by Ruby @ 12:30 am , 1/9/06. Filed under: rants. […]

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