A friend of ours once likened South Sudan to Tanzania. He had visited South Sudan for a construction project, and looming large in his experience was the constant presence of armed men. As he spoke, he seemed to be describing a potential failed state, a hive of barely contained conflict, […]
From Richard Dowden‘s Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles: Three words come to mind when people try to explain the failure of Africa’s first generation after independence: leadership, tribalism and resources. They are not bad starting points, but they do not fully explain why Africa, free at last, endowed with enormous […]
I love alternate histories and alternate maps! (My favourite world map is the dymaxion map; check out this rendition.) Here’s an alternate Africa called Alkebu-lan 1260 AH by Nikolaj Cyon (full-size version). It’s set in 1844, on the eve of Europe’s Scramble for Africa, but in a world in which Europe […]
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/107895221 w=600] Tanzania Snapshots is our educational video library, designed to provide cross-cultural perspectives for our partner churches.
Part of the narrative of modern-day Africa is that it is all changing so fast. Working at a university and living in a university town, we get to see some of that change. Expats who were in Dodoma 10 years ago tell me that they owned one of the few […]
We’re coming up to 18 months here in Tanzania which is giving us cause for reflection on some of the preparation we did before leaving Australia. We can’t recommend CMS’ 5 month training course highly enough and there were some general things we were glad we did at Bible college. […]
Is ‘Africa’ really rife with a false gospel? Here’s one version of the story: As we’ve seen, however, examples like Lizzy and Mwakatwila mean we can’t automatically equate prosperity talk with ‘prosperity gospel’. Tanzanian headspace is concerned with everyday questions, and Tanzanian Christians are connecting those questions with the parts of […]