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Tanzanian proverbs on relationships

I’ve picked up my book of Tanzanian proverbs again recently, and here are a few about relationships. Damu ni nzito kuliko maji – Blood is heavier than water. This looks like the English proverb ‘Blood is thicker than water’ but it has an extra connotation. On top of the idea […]

Who is an Mswahili? Am I?

This semester I am again studying in the Swahili department at St John’s University where we work. All the lectures are in Swahili so it’s a brilliant exercise for me in listening comprehension, which is appropriate because this time I’m doing a third year course ‘Theory and Traditions of Oral […]

In praise of my lecturer

Earlier this week I shared some of the wonderful things about my Swahili literature course, but my lecturer deserves a post all of her own. Though I was introduced to her on a first name basis (since we are theoretically equals), I quickly began to call her Madam Sanga, as […]

Asking, ‘what am I doing here?’

In the last few months, our role at St John’s University has amplified again. Student fellowships frequently run events that are relevant and engaging to students, and this semester we have attempted to do the same on behalf of the chaplaincy. Like day conferences, they’re called seminas. We ran the first […]