Who talks about refugees in Tanzania, and what do they say?

November 10, 2019

#SudanUprising in Copenhagen

June 23, 2019

On 26 June I moderate talks & debate on #SudanUprising in #Copenhagen.

The Sudanese artist Khalid Albaih joins via Skype.

Kindly read Khalid's article a...

Update: Everyday Poetics: Instagramming Life in East Africa in Belgrade

April 26, 2019


April 12, 2019

Owl in Tanzanian Parliament - bad omen for freedom of speech and assembly.

January 30, 2019

On 29 January, when the Tanzanian Parliament (Bunge) was assembled in Dodoma, an owl flew in and watched the assembly. The owl is seen in Tanzanian (e...

''We've died''

January 22, 2019

Bikozulu tells the stories of the people making it through last week's terror attack in Nairobi.

See the Instagram post here

If you ask me, and someti...

FILM: Wakamba Forever

January 21, 2019

Colonianism revisited:

..''a hilarious take on Masaku and McMillan’s first encounter set in the 21st century. From a dramatic re-telling of the Kamba o...

Chuchu: ''We are not the audience. We are the story''.

January 20, 2019

Two important tweet threads (see below) which take point of departure in the New York Times coverage of the Riverside terror attack on 15 January 2019...

Field Work & more

November 9, 2018

Vild uge i Tanzania

November 3, 2018

Vild forgangen uge i Tanzania, og der er grund til at tro, at det fortsætter i næste uge: LGBTQ-personer trues med anmeldelse/arrest; tanzanianerne må...

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Article: 'Sea Change Comes to Bagamoyo'

Friday, March 20, 2015

My good friend Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein has written a fine piece about Bagamoyo, one of the most peculiar, I think, places in Tanzania. But it is also several stories about history, people, change and development. Of politics and whom it benefits. Lots of observations, analysis and real people who are granted air time to share their views. It is about a place where you can have your fruit trees and property evaluated one year. The next, a port may be constructed. Or maybe not. Bagamoyo is not the only place in Africa where this dynamics is at play, it is just rarely so well described.


From the conclusion of the article:
'Looking far out on the horizon, it is hard to imagine how this now-quiet town may soon be catapulted into the future as a transoceanic trading hub far beyond what any Shirazi, Portuguese, German or British ruler might have ever imagined. As Bagamoyo braces for yet another period of historic change, the clockwork of the Indian Ocean’s tides lulls the collective anxiety. With Kikwete’s legacy projects in place, it seems only a matter of time before residents will join a new geopolitical matrix, and no one knows yet how many more hearts may be unburdened, or how many laid down, along this historic shore. '


Read the full article here at Aramco World. 

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PhD Student, MA in African Studies, journalist and former development worker. Heart tilted towards the Balkans & East Africa: Refugees, Peripheries, Imaginaries & Humanitarianism