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More on Pentecostals in Tanzania

Something we’ve been confused about here in Tanzania is why so many Christian women marry Muslims. We asked our student friends, one of whom has a sister who got married to a Muslim. They said it’s not family pressure. Instead, for most girls, it’s seeing the money the Muslim guys […]

A short history of the mkesha (overnight)

As the new academic year begins in Dodoma, it seems like every weekend features another mkesha, the big all-night gathering for university students. The mkesha phenomenon is little more than a decade old. We’re told it began in Dar es Salaam around 2000. With packed daily timetables, students were busy, but were […]

Julius Nyerere on university students

Julius Nyerere was Baba wa Taifa of Tanzania, ‘Father of the Nation’, and his portrait still hangs in many shops, banks and schools. He also bore the title Mwalimu, ‘Teacher’. Education was a massive priority for him and this is what he had to say about university students. Those who […]