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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'Tutashiba?'

Saturday, October 13, 2018

'Tutashiba?' - will we be full/satisfied?

 

I was in a bar in Nairobi one night with a friend. His question was aiming at the waiter and the options on the menu, but it turned into an almost existential debate of who holds back and who wants more.

 

'Full of what? Enough of what? Satisfied? What are we really asking for?! When is it enough? When is it too much?!' I asked.

 

Oh, my friend gets this. What we say word for word, and what we say in between the lines.

 

'No, you cannot say 'tutashiba' during sex. Definitely not' he argued.

 

'Well, maybe you can?!' he contemplated and retreated.

 

Recently when I was in Zanzibar the first existential question in the morning would appear when my friend Amanda ordered her espresso with milk at Café Foro:

 

'How much (milk) and to where? Mpakabas?' - to the edge (of the cup)?' Or 'Mpaka juu' - endless and infinite?

 

The latter is sort of physically impossible but it does say something about you: Are you the one to hold back and think: 'It's already enough', or are you ready for more? Do you see the glass as empty or full?

 

'Mipaka' is Swahili for 'boundaries' - indicators of how much and how little. From where to what. Of who thinks enough is enough, and who is still wanting more. And the reaching or overstepping of borders thus also relate to the 'sitaki!' (I don't want). Something we often hear too little of, and too late.  

 

 

 

 

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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