December 18, 2023

On Saturday, 7 October 2023, World Children’s Poetry Day (WoChiPoDa) marked the ninth year since its founding. Three events were held in Pwani, Dar es Salaam, and Kilimanjaro regions in Tanzania. I would like to share the events in photos with you here. For more information, visit www.wochipoda.com. ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ Jumamosi, tarehe…

December 8, 2023

I, the deity you created based on your perception,grant you from the sky to the sea a super passportneither divine nor human by naturalization.Below are the projected deeds of your citizenship. You will declare yourself superior among theliving and non-living without their consent.You will proclaim yourself my sole child,born to save the weak after silencing…

September 29, 2023

On Saturday, 2 September 2023, I was invited to read two of my books as part of the 10th anniversary of Lange Nacht der Literatur (Long Night of Literature) in Hamburg, Germany. Writers are invited to present their books by organizers and bookstores. Visitors can enjoy a diverse literary program with readings from novels, poetry,…

July 25, 2023

She, Ocean, sells neither shoes nor seashells on the seashore.The shoes she carries are not hers, I’m sure.For if she sells shoes on the seashore,then I’m sure she sells seashells too on the seashore.But she sells neither shoes nor seashells on the seashore. We, humans, sell both shoes and seashells offshore.The seashells we sell are…

June 27, 2023

I sat on a mat beneath an imagined mango tree. There, the happiness and sorrows of my heart found a place as stories and poetry on paper. I joined the birds flying above the tree, singing Kiswahili songs that made me ululate. The tree danced from melodies of the heart, gifting ample juicy fruits to…

April 30, 2023

Today’s prompt challenges to write a palinode – a poem in which you retract a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem. For example, you might pick a poem you drafted earlier in the month and write a poem that contradicts or troubles it. This could be an interesting way to start working on…

April 16, 2023

The founder of World Children’s Poetry Day invites children of age ten and below to celebrate WoChiPoDa 2023 on Saturday, 7 October. Our tradition has been to share a theme for the annual event, and this year, our theme is PLANTS. Mwanzilishi wa Siku ya Ushairi wa Watoto Duniani anamwalika kila mtoto wa miaka 10…

March 17, 2023

A week ago, I attended the sixtieth Bologna Children’s Books Fair. The fair was a four-day event from Monday, 6 to Thursday, 9 March 2023, and I participated on Wednesday and Thursday. Even though wisdom has it that the fair is not worthwhile for self-published authors, I desired the experience of visiting a book fair…

January 16, 2023

In December 2022 and January 2023, I had an opportunity to donate books to the Tanzania Library Service Board (TLSB) through the Kilimanjaro Regional Library. For writers in the diaspora, one way to reach readers at home is to represent each other at events or walk-ins at institutions, as I did. I am grateful to…