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  • Mon, 30th Jun 2014
    As we all know, this last week there were lots of power outages in Tanzania which I hear affected the entire country. Unfortunately those who did not have alternative power sources suffered the most in that not even their phones were charged. As a result, I got quite a few requests from strangers to charge their phones for them while they were waiting to get service at our shop. Not that we did... [Continue reading]
  • Mon, 23rd Jun 2014
    There are so many opportunities created by life for us to laugh hysterically but unfortunately, we are so busy passing through life to notice those moments. We are so busy being busy we forget to enjoy the free unique pleasures life always throws our way. What I have realized is that if we were to look at life from a “lighter view” we would realize there is so much humor in our day to day lives,... [Continue reading]
  • Mon, 16th Jun 2014
    Lately I have become addicted to a show that comes on DSTV’s Nat Geo Wild every Sunday from 7pm.  This show is about a man, no, actually it’s about dogs being “rescued” by a man whose mission is to ensure that every dog is paired with the right owner.  The word rescue is in quotes because in the real sense, these dogs are not homeless or stray dogs. On the contrary. It is very possible that most... [Continue reading]
  • Mon, 9th Jun 2014
    Anyone ever suffered ingrown toenails? Well, I suffer that condition and I can tell you it is not comfortable when it happens. For the sake of those who don’t know what this condition is, let me explain it to you the best way I can. When a toenail is ingrown, the sides or corners of the nail curl down and dig into the skin of the toe, causing swelling, pain and redness. This condition mostly... [Continue reading]
  • Sun, 1st Jun 2014
    "When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen; either there will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught to fly" Well, those are the words of Patrick Overton taken from his poem "The Leaning Tree". Unfortunately though, not many of us ever find out whether... [Continue reading]
  • Mon, 26th May 2014
    It's been a while since I failed you my readers by not submitting an article for this column. Last week this happened and for that I sincerely apologize. I was down with malaria, some strange flu (but not dengue thankfully) and a nasty cough that made my chest sound like a bass drum that's never been tuned. After having my bedroom transformed into a mini pharmacy, I'm glad I'm better. Hopefully,... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 13th May 2014
    There are times in life when things just don't seem like they are working out for you, times when everything you touch "seems" to go wrong. I say "seems" in quotes because even though things look like they are going terribly wrong, it doesn't always translate to negative results. The thing is, as human beings we want so much to get results as soon as we want them that patience has become a... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 6th May 2014
    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr. If this is not the first time you are reading this powerful quote from the late Martin Luther King, Jr, then I'm hoping you've at least had a chance in the past to think about the impact of those words. If not, let's take a few minutes to think through them together by using an example we can all... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 29th Apr 2014
    A couple of weeks ago I saw a clip on YouTube that was quite interesting. A Lioness was hunting and came upon a female ape. Unfortunately and as expected, the ape was no match for the ape and as a result, she became lunch for the Lioness and her family.  Sadly though, the ape had just given birth (hence her being slow and not being able to get away from the Lioness in time) and her young one was... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 22nd Apr 2014
    Today I’d like us to try and be honest with each other by answering this very simple question; how many of us take time to read manuals? Say for instance you buy a home appliance like an electric kettle. Do you take time to go through the manual before you start using the kettle, or do you assume you already know how to use a kettle and so you don’t need to read the manual? Better still let’s use... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 15th Apr 2014
    God is amazing on so many levels. For instance, how He came up with the whole idea of the “Life Cycle” is just pure genius. Right from the process of conception, which for human beings he must have said to Himself, “I’ll make this process enjoyable and addictive for them to want to keep doing it over and over again”, to the incubation period (where ideally the baby stays in the womb for 9 months... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 8th Apr 2014
    Most, if not all of you reading this article today, are somewhat familiar with Aesop’s fable of ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’, which goes like this: The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten in any race”, he said. “I challenge any one here to race with me.” To everyone’s shock, the Tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.” “That is a... [Continue reading]
  • Wed, 2nd Apr 2014
    So it’s the rainy season again, at least in Dar Es Salaam anyway, and with the rainy season comes all manner of mixed emotions. Some love the rain especially when it rains at night because it somehow soothes them to sleep, while others (like me) dislike it when it rains at night because it terrifies me. I had a bad experience once where thugs broke into our house at night while it was raining, so... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 25th Mar 2014
    Relationships are hard. It doesn't matter whether it is a relationship between two siblings, between two workmates, between a supplier and a client, between a doctor and a patient, mother and child or a couple. Fact is, as long as it is a relationship involving people, there will always be friction once in a while because naturally human beings are complicated. I guess even in the animal kingdom... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 18th Mar 2014
    I have watched this movie close to ten times, and even though it was released over a decade and a half ago, I have to admit that Air Force One is one of the best movies I’ve ever watched. It grips you from beginning to end, and even after its over and the credits are scrolling on the screen, the tension you just experienced in the movie makes you feel like something might just happen in between... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 11th Mar 2014
    About five years ago, I had a project I was working on and owing to the nature of the project, I needed full concentration, no interruptions and a very stable internet connection. Luckily, I used to work for an ISP (Internet Service Provider) and so, internet was not a problem. However, interruptions (phone, email, walk-ins, etc) were the order of the day and so, working on my project during the... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 4th Mar 2014
    If people who lived and died over a century ago were to resurrect today, am sure they’d suffer some major culture shock regardless of which part of the world they were in when the exited from it in the first place. One of the things that would shock them most is the realization that people no longer talk to each other but to gadgets. Of course I know most of you reading this might disagree with... [Continue reading]
  • Fri, 28th Feb 2014
    Life is very confusing at times, especially when so many things happen that don’t make “sense”. For instance, anyone remember the story or rather the theory of evolution? I remember when I was in school I was told that people evolved from some kind of monkeys, or was it chimpanzees? At that time the story seemed very logical and I “bought” it without questions. After all, my teachers were meant... [Continue reading]
  • Wed, 19th Feb 2014
    I’m not sure what had happened to him for Edmund Burke to say, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Maybe some pick-pocket had picked his pockets, or some cashier at some supermarket had short-changed him, or some civil servant had refused to offer him some service he needed until he gave him some bribe, etc.  Whatever it was that had happened to him... [Continue reading]
  • Wed, 12th Feb 2014
    I don’t know why but it seems like nowadays my days are full of challenging and annoying moments than there are happy and easy times. If it isn’t one issue then it will definitely be another. If it isn’t one person working really hard at driving me insane, then it will be another working equally hard if not harder to give me a heart attack. Such was my day on Friday ((7th Feb) and as most of you... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 4th Feb 2014
    I don’t know about your neighborhood but where I live, there seems to have a serious mosquito invasion. I am no scientist but I can almost bet that the species of mosquitos we are being attacked by are more resilient and more resistant to the usual insecticides we use. We’ve always known that mosquitoes attack us at night and so we do everything possible to make sure they don’t get us. We sleep... [Continue reading]
  • Mon, 3rd Feb 2014
    On my special day, I'd like to share a little bit about myself.... I am the 1st born in a family of 2 girls, 8 years apart.  Didn't speak a word until I was 3 years old, then I became a parrot (or so I was told). If it wasn't for the 8-4-4 system, I would have finished form 4 at the age of 16. I used to be part of the praise and worship team in church.  Produced a few English and... [Continue reading]
  • Wed, 29th Jan 2014
    The last week of the first month of 2014 is here, the one month that seems to have sixty-two days and sixteen weeks…. Yeah, that’s how long January normally feels to most of us. But I can bet that this year round the situation is even worse for Manchester United Football Club, and more so for their fans the world over. This is a club that is always at the top of the table almost all seasons and... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 21st Jan 2014
    The other day we were having lunch with a friend and as is with any great company, we had some good conversation going. One of the things we talked about is how challenging life is becoming as years go by. It doesn’t matter which area of life you look at but the truth is, challenges are in all aspects of life. So as we were talking about the professional front, I realized that both of us were... [Continue reading]
  • Thu, 16th Jan 2014
    2014 is finally here with us and if you can read this, it means you and I have been given another chance, another opportunity and definitely another privilege to see the new year. So, without further ado, may I take this opportunity to deliver my New Year greetings to you all, and to wish you the very best of what this year has to offer. Like the gifts unwrapped or unboxed on Boxing Day, consider... [Continue reading]
  • Thu, 2nd Jan 2014
    It is exactly three days to the New Year and even though 2013 has 365 days like any other non-leap year, for me it has seemed like it has been twice as long. I am not superstitious but at some point during the year I was tempted to think that the “13” in the year was a sign of ill-luck. However, like someone once said, you don’t need to be in class for you to learn a new thing… how true this is!... [Continue reading]
  • Mon, 23rd Dec 2013
    I can’t remember the last time all News TV Stations the world over decided to broadcast the same live feed like they did during the late Nelson Mandela’s funeral on the 15th December, 2013. I am glad they did this because then they made it possible for all those who couldn’t attend the funeral physically to do so virtually. It was a day filled with mixed feelings. I say this because as much as we... [Continue reading]
  • Sat, 21st Dec 2013
    I don’t know about you but lately, there are two things that are threatening to drive me insane; the crazy heat that has hit Dar Es Salaam, and the maddening traffic I have been experiencing daily for the last three weeks. For the heat, one might say that it is easy to manage it by use of an air condition or a fan; in an ideal world this would work, but not when the power supply company is left... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 17th Dec 2013
    Once again it is that time of the year we all look forward to having a mandatory break from all the happenings of the year. For those coming from the slopes of Kilimanjaro, they are probably working on ensuring their vehicles are in top shape because as is customary to them, they have to go home for what many jokingly call “the annual census”. The amount of “mbege” that is being brewed right now... [Continue reading]
  • Tue, 10th Dec 2013
    6th December, 2013, the day the world woke up to the news of the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most courageous leaders. South Africa, in fact the whole world will for the next few days be saying goodbye to a great human being and an incredible inspiration. It is strange to be feeling this loss considering the Statesman died at the fulfilling age of 95 years, and even though there... [Continue reading]

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