Andikia Toleo Maalumu la Chemchemi/Contribute to the Special Issue of Chemchemi – 30/11/2010

From Chambi Chachage

Kwa niaba ya wahariri wa Jarida la Kitaaluma la Chemchemi, nawatumia wito huo hapo chini wa kuandika katika toleo maalumu la miaka 50 ya Afrika/On behalf of the the editors of Chemchemi: Fountain of Ideas, I forward to you the call below to contribute to a special issue on Africa at 50. Unaweza kuandika makala/mada yoyote isiyozidi maneno 4,000 kwa Kiswahili au Kiingerea kuhusu hali au mwelekeo wa kisiasa, kiuchumi, kijamii, kiaendeleo na kitaaluma wa Afrika toka nchi zake zilipopata uhuru kwa wingi takribani miaka 50 iliyopita/You may write any article/text that does not exceed 4,000 words on Africa’s political, economic, social, developmental and intellectual trajectory since many of its countries became independent about 50 years or so ago. Mwisho ya kupokea makala ni 30 Novemba 2010/Deadline for submission is 30 November 2010. Itume kwa/Send to:

Prof. Issa Shivji:; Dr. Adolf Mkenda ; Dr. Opportuna Kweka: ; Jacqueline Mgumia: ; Walter Luanda:; Chambi Chachage:

Chambi Chachage – Mhariri Mwalikwa/Guest Editor

This and next year many African countries, including Tanzania (Tanganyika) will be celebrating 50 years of their independence. Next year the University of Dar es Salaam will be celebrating its 50 years. Half a century is not a short period even in the life of a nation, more so in the case of a university. This is the occassion to look back, take stock and critically reflect on 50 years since we reclaimed our sovereignty and our right to think for ourselves. On this occassion, the editors of Chemchemi have decided to bring out a special combined issue (No. 4 & 5) of Chemchemi.

The special issue will be both in English and Kiswahili. We are now inviting articles in either language on any topic relevant to the theme. Where did we begin? Where are we at? Where is uhuru? What have been our problems, successes? What is our place in the global world today? What is the direction of our development? How do we assess various political and economic “experiments” tried out in Africa, in Tanzania? How do we periodise and understand 50 years of independence?

What is the state of higher education today? What have been the debates, discourses and discussions at the University fo Dar es Salaam, among African intellectuals? Can we look back and say: yes, indeed we played our role? Or have we abdicated our responsibility as the mirror of society? Where is the vision – Pan-Africanism, Freedom, Dignity – of the first generation of African nationalists? You may choose any topic/theme of your interest on which you believe you can make a contribution. Your contibution may be in the form of an article, or a review article based on a book or books, or a short story, poem etc.

1. Articles should not exceed 4000 words. They should be written in simple, clear style. Please minimise the number of footnotes. You may append a short list of references/bibliography at the end of your contribution.

2. An electronic copy of your contribution should reach the editors (whose emails are in the cc line) by November 30th, 2010. The special issue will be launched during the 3rd Julius Nyerere Intellectual Festival week beginning April 12, 2011.

We are expecting that you will respond enthusiastically in the great intellectual tradition of progressive debates which was the hallmark of the Hill.

Issa Shivji
Adold Mkenda
Opportuna Kweka
Jacquiline Mgumia

Issa G. Shivji
Mwalimu Nyerere University Professor of Pan-African Studies
University of Dar es Salaam
P. O. Box 35091
Dar es Salaam – Tanzania
Tel: 255-(0)22 – 2410 763
Cell: 255 (0) 754 475 372
Res. 255-(0)22-2118 620
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Book Industry in Tanzania

I would kindly like to ask for your assistance. If there is anyone with information or possible source on book industry in Tanzania, kindly share them with me.
Thanks in advance

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SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa, Sokari Ekine (Ed)

SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa, now available at SOMA Book Cafe.

For those who are interested in technology development and how it has contributed specifically to development issues, this is a usefully book.

SMS Uprising provides a unique insight into how activists and social change advocates are addressing Africa’s many challenges from within, and how they are using mobile telephone technologies to facilitate these changes.

This collection of essays by those engaged in using mobile phone technologies for social change provides an analysis of the socio-economic, political and media contexts faced by activists in Africa today. The essays address a broad range of issues including inequalities in access to technology based on gender, rural and urban usage, as well as offering practical examples of how activists are using mobile technology to organise and document their experiences. They provide an overview of the lessons learned in making effective use of mobile phone technologies without any of the romanticism so often associated with the use of new technologies for social change. The examples are shared in a way that makes them easy to replicate – ‘Try this idea in your campaign.’ The intention is that the experiences described within the book will lead to greater reflection about the real potential and limitations of mobile technologies.

Edited by Nigerian activist Sokari Ekine, who runs the prize-winning blog Black Looks, the book brings together some of the best known and experienced developers and users of mobile phone technologies in Africa, including Juliana Rotich from Ushahidi in Kenya, Ken Banks of, and Berna Ngolobe of WOUGNET in Uganda.

You can read more from Fahamu Books

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