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I take great pleasure in inviting you to this blog, which is dedicated to a Tanzania Media Fund Fellowship for the year 2010, involving four young journalists working on projects of their own choice. Finnigan (in Lindi), Salome (in Morogoro), Erick (in Kigoma) and Orton (in Shinyanga) will utilize this space to share with you their experiences as they carry out their investigations, affording you a peep into aspects of rural Tanzania.

Though each one of them has chosen a particular topic for which a grant has been made by TMF, they will not be constrained to write exclusively on those topics; rather, it is hoped that they will allow themselves the leisure of looking at rural lives and livelihoods in general, observing and recording what they come across in their work.

It is my hope that they will educate us while at the same time entertaining us, and that through their eyes and pens we will be able to live a little of the rural story that is all too often ignored by town dwellers. If you find any of the stories interesting please share it with your colleagues via Twitter, Facebook or G-Buzz. You can also comment on any story at the bottom provided space.

It would be remiss of me not to thank Jamii Forums for their acceptance to host this blog and as well as for all the technical backstopping they have provided for the Fellow and their mentors, Fausta Musokwa and myself.

Welcome, and enjoy!

Jenerali Ulimwengu

Lead Mentor

TMF Fellowship 2010

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35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. Orton

    08/06/2010 at 12:08 am

    Well put,Thanks J U

  2. Loy Nabeta

    10/06/2010 at 10:46 am

    Nice words, Mzee. We are following! Thanks Jamii!

  3. buheri thomas

    01/07/2010 at 5:02 pm

    i appreciate the initiative by colleagues, they are doing a job that is hated by majority of Tanzanians including the country’s institutions.

  4. Nana

    05/07/2010 at 4:15 pm

    I believe they will uncover the hidden truth of what is going on in our country. I wish every region would have a representative.

  5. Bipin Vishani

    28/07/2010 at 10:06 am

    Mzee Ulimwengu (usage of the title is ‘respect’ than reference to ‘age’):

    Thank you, congratulations, and sincere here for these lucky people to succeed in Educating, Entertaining and Informing us. Well done. UIGWE na wengine.

  6. Yahaya P

    05/09/2010 at 11:40 am

    I’m pleased to thank u Jenerali U.4 real your serious with your work! god bless you.

  7. kitaa chali

    06/09/2010 at 4:45 pm

    It is said old is gold, we are looking forward to herar further from young generation on how are you going to critically come up with views and challanges towards 2010 election, not forgetting the focus and vision to educacate the village community which is not very well informed on how this country is being consumed by mafisadi papa without mercy. The Agenda is ‘Hakuna Kulala mpaka kieleweke’. do not accept a pair of Khanga/Cap/t-shirts at the cost of selling your humanity and dignity

  8. hi,

    08/09/2010 at 8:55 am

    i’m insipired by their work,i believe that until the rural community stories are told,until they are educated,comunicated and participated, we will not be able to see the light of change! thanks kaka jenerali.

  9. Baba Caren

    11/09/2010 at 4:33 pm

    Thanx a lot Mr Genarali. I am so anxious waiting for their stories and I believe none of their stories will not be published because touches the INTERESTS of so called LEADERS.It will be going against the main objectives of TMF.

  10. Mziba

    22/09/2010 at 3:40 pm

    Congratulation General, Thank you. I am a towndweller, but i like rurals, it’s nice and quite and the people are much nicer there. We are all from rurals. It is the rural that will get us out of hunger and poverty.
    Thank you

  11. Yasser Mziba

    22/09/2010 at 8:44 pm

    Hi General, one of your writer’s piece is quite moving. Erick Kabendera’s story on Ujiji. The story has touch my heart. I want to raise funds for a finance a Development project to upgrade how we ride the lakes for people who risk their lives just to make a living or visit their love ones, or just a lonesome tourist. This will also promote tourism. We depend on technology to accomplish this project. We are Wabunifu USA a non Profit Organization. We need your help and everyone on this bloger. All the profits will be going back to the villagers. I have a Strategic plan, Marketing plan, and Operation plan. to get this project get going. my email is yasser.mziba@yahoo.com

  12. rutashubanyuma

    23/09/2010 at 12:07 pm

    In depth analysis of how the country is governed is key in tying the loose strings of rural underdevelopment. Individual effort will definitely ease the burden in a short while but fundamental reforms on how our governance structures are being formed and run are by afar the enduring means to get us back on the right track. The first vital step is to kick CCM out of power and let a new culture of accountability of blaming the political party in power, when things go wrong, begin to cement itself. MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS THIS GREAT NATION WITH VAST POTENTIALITIES

  13. Yasser Mziba

    29/09/2010 at 11:30 am

    Mzee Rutashubanyuma, Amina.

    I think you probably correct on your perspective. But, how you gonna change the culture of secrecy. I am more keen to see the govenment any government ether ccm, chadema cuf ect. how do address the cultures of secrecy on not only government records but also, business record for god sake. i have done a feasibility study which i collected business management information for Development purposes, and I found out you guys are sitting on a wealth of nations. I was only being to succeed because i was a local kid. Thanks everyone for their support. My question to all the leaders, How are your plans to support a business community and wajasirimali. I do not know who is going to be the leader of the nation, but anyone is welcome to help me on that. Where are accounting records.

  14. Gervas Moshiro

    29/09/2010 at 7:59 pm

    Your lucky Mziba that you succeeded to get the information you needed for your project because, you say, you are a local kid!(sic). Information is a birth right, and according to Article 18(4) of the URT Constitution, every citizen must be given all information that is of concerns to her/him.That is why we must fight to ensure that a law guaranteeing the right to get information from all public and private offices is enacted soonest. The next president can do the country a great service if he pushes his governors to see sense in openness and accountability and pass, now shelved if not abandoned, the Right to Information Bill. Secrecy is the culture of vultures and mafisadi. God bless freedom of information agitators.

  15. Gervas Moshiro

    29/09/2010 at 8:06 pm

    You are lucky Mziba that you succeeded to get the information you needed for your project because, you say, you are a local kid!(sic). Information is a birth right, and according to Article 18(4) of the URT Constitution, every citizen must be given all information that is of concerns to her/him.That is why we must fight to ensure that a law guaranteeing the right to get information from all public and private offices is enacted soonest. The next president can do the country a great service if he pushes his governors to see sense in openness and accountability and pass, now shelved if not abandoned, the Right to Information Bill. Secrecy is the culture of vultures and mafisadi. God bless freedom of information activism.

  16. Yasser Mziba

    30/09/2010 at 4:03 am

    Mr. Moshiro, thank you for opening my eyes. We can grow faster if we get these treasures. Free enterprise system requires forecast in all most sort of things. But how come people are able to get polls? when we do business analysis we use personal and business information, that seems the same taking polls. you just interviews sole proprietor, individuals and investors and micro enterprises about customer services that all. But we have to press the passage of this bill. anyone who takes over, should find this bill Ikulu. Thanks Gervas for your kindness.

  17. senkoro

    01/11/2010 at 2:24 pm

    please keep on writing from villages to enlight people.

  18. mkumbamasaka

    01/11/2010 at 10:31 pm

    don’t forget to follow-up the rural villages of tabora where the natural forrest is now a history, due to exteme logging without benefiting the indiginous,bravo Generali i do admire your inspirational hard work since then………..big up, and God bless yopu and the whiole team

  19. Genekai

    02/11/2010 at 10:20 pm

    Frankly speaking every time and everywhere i see Jen. Ulimwengu I can’t help it because he is one of my best favorite and respected journalists. He is a good and professional, unbiased analyst. thanx a lot!

  20. Pukwa

    04/11/2010 at 3:57 pm

    interesting, rural live needs more of creativity and resilient that with future focus. Real they will entertain us in various ways.

  21. mgema Kamando Kochocho

    21/11/2010 at 6:25 pm

    let me make these day as the day of meeting other members

  22. barhe reginald thy

    28/12/2010 at 11:30 pm

    congratulations Ulimwengu, I love your features very educative and brain storming; at least if people are carefully reading them we might have been on a path to a perfect developing state in Tanzania. Am now signed with Jambo I will share views with your media blogs T U

    Reginald thy Barhe

  23. ani jozeni

    10/01/2011 at 11:46 pm

    Getting the story from the grassroots is one thing and making historical sense out of it is another. It ends up confirming each of us in our Joseph Stiglitz, Nyerere and Chadema convictions. Watch out!

  24. nop333

    29/01/2011 at 6:33 pm

    maisha bora yanawezekana iwapo tutaunganisha fikra zetu kwa maendeleo ya nchi yatu.

  25. kimwaga

    21/02/2011 at 4:57 pm

    kwa ufisadi maendeleo yamasikini wayanzania itakua ndoto ya alinacha

  26. lugendo jr

    22/03/2011 at 9:35 pm

    cogratulation jeneraly Ulimwengu. for real your a mentor to most of us

  27. Salanga Godfried

    13/04/2011 at 12:25 am

    Ni vizuri kuwa na watu wenye moyo huu,,,keep it ,,,,,

    BIG UP

  28. Ratieno

    14/04/2011 at 6:43 pm

    We the swahili oriented people miss so sweet of the stories.Do you think of having some of the swahili articles?But thanks very much for the article na hasa ya Amina na Mkuu wake wa shule!

  29. gamaliel

    03/05/2011 at 2:19 pm

    real always i appreciate what u say! ua great thinker!

  30. Furaha Jacob N.

    19/05/2011 at 4:06 am

    To my mind this is what i think;
    1.The President of the united republic of Tanzania with his employees are responsible for a such terrible situation of Tanzanians in general for not giving out her citizens a planned and implementable vision to where the country is and where should be heading! Na hii ni kutokana na ukosefu wa sifa hizi miongoni mwao- “‘Uadilifu’, ‘Uzalendo’, ‘Ubunifu’, Uchumi bora’ na ‘Ushirikishaji’”
    2. Tanzanians we should have a heart feeling of hardworking using our talents, opportunities and capabilities to work for ourselves and for our communities. this is because, if each of will keep on blaming the gvt only, it wont help!

  31. John Reuben

    29/06/2011 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulation, Jeneraly you do coach and mentor at a time.This help most of the youth to have mission and vision, your always a perfect leader, tight your nut we still have long journey.

  32. Rituparno Ghosh

    23/07/2011 at 10:20 am

    Its inspiring, wish you luck!

  33. Lucy

    19/05/2012 at 11:09 am

    We are only as educated as our media … so congratulations for this blog, and let’s hope it is blessed with evolutionary thinking….

  34. SAMSON MONATA

    07/11/2012 at 11:14 pm

    Hongera sana kwa kuweza kubuni kitu kama hiki be blessed sir.

  35. Annie

    15/07/2013 at 3:32 pm

    nice blog indeed!

    Am not a media person but i like reading documentaries, featuring, and articles. so i ll be visiting this site just to get them.

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