• Institutional Memory and Cyclic Cashew Crises in Tanzania

    Institutional Memory and Cyclic Cashew Crises in Tanzania0

    It is nearly ‘half a year’ since I penned some suggestions on Resolving the Cyclic Cashew Crisis in Tanzania. The proposed solution of uprooting the root cause seemed impractical. Readers were left wondering ‘what’ – and even ‘who’ – is the root cause. As the crisis continues, I ought to clarify that the root cause is both

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  • From Ghettoizing to Gentrifying African Studies

    From Ghettoizing to Gentrifying African Studies0

    From time to time we are treated to a powerful critique of, or contentious debate on, African Studies. This time it has come from Haythem Guesmi’s viral article on ‘The Gentrification of African Studies.’ In a way, it is coming on the heels of Jean Allman’s  celebrated address on “#HerskovitsMustFall? A Meditation on Whiteness, African Studies, and the Unfinished Business of 1968.”

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  • Resolving the Cyclic Cashew Crisis in Tanzania

    Resolving the Cyclic Cashew Crisis in Tanzania0

    Tanzania has just witnessed a tale of the sacking of two Charles’. One, the Minister who was responsible for agriculture and, another, for industries. What has been dubbed ‘koroshow’ is behind this, not least because the cashew board has also been dissolved alongside other related reshuffles. Korosho is a Swahili word for cashew. For politicians from the opposition camp,

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  • Magufuli’s Three Years in Office: Confusion as a Strategy?

    Magufuli’s Three Years in Office: Confusion as a Strategy?0

    If you can’t convince ’em, confuse ’em: if you can’t confuse ’em, scare ’em- Unknown Author If you want to sum up President John Magufuli’s three years in office, then something that happened last week can give you a picture. The controversial Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Paul Makonda, announced war on the LGBT community a week

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  • Angel Investors and Demons of Venture Capital

    Angel Investors and Demons of Venture Capital0

    “Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose” – Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr The old Swahili adage, “vijana ni taifa la kesho” (youth are the nation of tomorrow), seems outdated. Even the use of the phrase, “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Future”, is apparently waning. What appears to be trending now is Africa as “the young continent.” It is thus not surprising that

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