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

PHOTO EXHIBITION: EVERYDAY POETICS - INSTAGRAMMING EAST AFRICA

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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Presentation: '#Tanzania - the #election outcomes #tz2015 #uchaguzi #Tanzania @diisdk #Copenhagen

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hoping for a peaceful outcome of the #Tanzanian elections on Sunday 25 October.

 

On 4 November 2015, 14.00 – 15.45 I will take part in a presentation on Danish Institute for International Studies about the outcomes - invitation here, open for all.

 

I'll say something about the use of social media during the elections. I will probably include this photo among the many samples of how Tanzanians have expressed their partisanship, and identity. And how I believe parts of the collective unconsciousness have turned almost tangible.

 

 

The photo has circulated on Whatsapp, it depicts a CCM supporter dressed in a diaper, which supposedly is a reference to the opposing party's presidential candidate, Lowassa - a rumor went he suffered from diarrhea during one rally.

 

Visualisations of rumors have been extraordinarily creative this elections. They have surely also been painful to some. The literal translation of the text on the sign in photo, goes like this:

 

'WE ARE NOT DECEIVED, OLD MAN KINGUNGE

YOU CUT YOUR TEETH (GREW) WHEN YOU WERE) IN CCM

YOU BECAME A TOOTHLESS PERSON/PERSON WITH FEW TEETH (WHEN YOU WERE) IN CCM

TODAY (SURPRISINGLY) YOU ARE TELLING US (PREACHING) ABOUT CHANGES

DO YOU WANT TO (REPEAT/REVISE) RETURN TO CHILDHOOD?'

 

Another layer of the meaning of this messaage may be that CCM here means your family, your home - the place where you were brought up and looked after. Leaving your family, your most safe place at a time like this, is a sign of disloyalty. Meaning only a confused person will turn his back to his family.

 

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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