Aikande Kwayu

“Prevention is better than cure” Key lessons from: Levitsky A. & Ziblatt D. (2018). How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future

Of late we have seen democracies being put under threat in various parts of the world. Even the USA, which has been considered the “guardian of democracy”, is facing a similar problem with the 2016 elections results. The Cold War in early 1990s brought about high hopes on liberal ideals including the spread of Democracy. With much excitement that blurred… Read more →

On engaging one’s “self” in a cultural “other”: Brief Reflections on Prof. Amy Stambach book : Lessons from Mount Kilimanjaro: Schooling, Community, and Gender in East Africa.

In her concluding chapter, Stambach reminds us that reading an ethnography is a matter of engaging one’s “self” in a cultural “other”. Throughout the book, however, I was engaging myself in a cultural “me”. I think this is more difficult than engaging in the cultural “other”. The book is an ethnography about my own culture and people.  Through reading it,… Read more →

The most feeble argument ever in the recent #Tanzanian Politics – “separate religion from politics”

The 1979 Iranian Revolution strongly reminded the world that religion and politics cannot be separated.  It was political revolution that was led by a religious leader- Grand Ayatollah Khomeini.  Up until then with a fallacy from the enlightenment era and the confusion on the meaning of  Westphalian Sovereignty (separation of church and state – mind you this did not mean… Read more →

Has #Hollywood laughed out loud, once again, at Africans in the #BlackPanther?

I have, finally, watched #BlackPanther. Thought I was so late to watch it until I saw how full the cinema theatre was. The characters are marvellous. The  three ladies (Nakia, Okoye, and Shuri) who were the main characters are so beautiful. Wow, #AfricanBeauties indeed…and so are the two men (T’Challa and T’Jadaka) – super super handsome. I also loved how… Read more →

THE ADDRESS

The space was created. Created to please foreigners. It was loved. Loved as an image more than what it was. The image contributed to the “darling” title. Ironic. The same space was perceived as an obstruction in the inside. So beautiful image outside yet “ugly obstruction” inside. The space was, above all, an address. It held the many among the… Read more →

BOHEMIAN SAVIOUR

Reflections on the Kingdom had , on the increase, brought sadness. The King was turning evil. Everyday. Like the former morning star he likened himself to God. Wanting more authority even beyond the earth. Boasting of his future positions in heaven.  The King’s advisors kept lying to him. With praises, they misinterpreted Machiavelli’s “better to be feared than to be loved”… Read more →

Industrialization catalyst  - a case for revamping #PublicLibraries in Tanzania

Industrialization catalyst – a case for revamping #PublicLibraries in Tanzania

Yesterday I was passing at the Public Library in Moshi and my mind started a marathon! I thought, why is this not one of the main centers in my beautiful town? It looked boring. Old fashion. Unattractive.  I thought where do secondary students hang out on Saturdays and /or evening these days? In my teenage years as well as school holidays,… Read more →

Why I am not posting the #books that I’ve read in 2017  #Disruption #Frameless #Billionaire #ByGrace

Why I am not posting the #books that I’ve read in 2017 #Disruption #Frameless #Billionaire #ByGrace

A good friend of mine, who is a billionaire – in all senses- worthy several millions of US dollars, usually gives me several pieces of advice including on health, fashion, beauty, fitness, etc & career (I often wonder why am I not yet a billionaire like him). He does not have a university education, he tells me. And it has… Read more →

On #WeaponizationOfInformation

I have written on the New Security Agenda here and the need for African countries to conceptualize security on this basis that is also famously (in academia) known as Copenhagen School of Thought. I once argued that Tanzania should securitize education– when secondary failing rates were alarmingly high. Without wasting much words,  the New Security Agenda goes beyond tradition security… Read more →