Monday, December 26, 2011

Hope for 2012!

This has been quite a hard year for a lot of people, including myself. There have been a lot of mistakes made this year and a lot of suffering that followed from the mistakes I made. But throughout my entire ordeal, I thank God that he was always there for me; that my suffering was for a reason. I realize now that I have learned a lot as a result of the events that took place this year. I have learned that there are better things in life to worry about than the small things that we allow to control our lives. The addictions, the hate, and unforgiveness are just some of the things which keep us from having a good relationship with our God. This year I have learned that I cannot do it all by myself, that I have to give my all to my Lord and Savior....That without him, I am nothing.

I challenge you as the year ends to trim all the unnecessary fat from the chicken (that is life). The chicken can still taste good without all the fat (drama) attached to it. You deserve a much more fulfilling life than what you are settling for at this moment. I want to give hope to all those who don't have any. God loves you and God knows that this life is not easy, but keep trusting in him and you will see his glory manifest in your life. I hope you had a much rested holiday season and I wish you a Happy, Glorious, and Successful 2012!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Future of the Death Penalty in America

The Future of the Death Penalty in America

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Spend money to use MY money...WHAT??????

Can you believe these money-hungry demons? This is all they do. They continue to come up with ridiculous rules that could put their businesses in jeopardy. BANK OF AMERICA.....You know, I thought out of all the banks in this country, BOA was the only large bank that I could trust. Apparently not!!!! Starting 2012, BOA will charge their customers $5 a month to use their debit cards. REALLY???? Are they Serious???? Talk about not giving a hoot about your customers! So basically to summarize the story, BOA will be charging you $60 a year to spend your own money. And before you even think about going to that next popular bank, all the other major banks will be doing it as well.

Flee, I tell you. Leave these arrogant jerks and give your business to smaller local banks or credit unions. The BOA's, the Suntrust's, and the Wachovia's don't deserve your business. Just flee while you still can, because this is just ridiculous and unacceptable "business" behavior. I myself am making plans so that I will be in a credit union starting 2012, because now I know that BOA isn't any different from the rest of those money-hungry jerks. One lesson that I have learned from this ordeal is that it is usually the smaller banks and businesses who have better customer service than the big jerks. Be careful with who you entrust your money to. And for those who are under these major banks, act now while you still have time!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Frances writes off Tanzania's $56.2 million debt!

Now, anyone who has any knowledge of history knows that the Western Superpowers gained their wealth off the backs of African labor and resources. In some ways, it is still as true today as it was 100 years ago. So why is it that pimp organizations like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank continue to harrass our African countries with the so-called debt that we owe to them and all the things we have to sacrifice as a people to make sure that they get paid...for something that they basically stole from us and sold it back to us in our vulnerable state? Well for one, certain superpowers would rather continue to exert their will and power on our continent by holding this so-called debt against us. However, this is now not the reality for France. Note that in the past, the Netherlands has also taken this same step. In the latest news article by http://www.ippmedia.com/, France recently wrote off Tanzania's remaining Tsh. 92 billion debt to France, which is the equivallent of USD $56.2 million. I really commend them for doing this one selfless act, and I recognize the good that they've decided to do in the midst of power-hungry and greedy superpowers. That is something that deserves much kudos in my book.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I am riding the bus!

Times are hard out here. Because I was not given enough financial aid for the academic year 2011-2012, I was unable to live on campus as I've always done before. So this semester, I am a commuter student and let me tell you how hard and annoying it is. The metrobus only runs once an hour going to Bowie State University from the New Carrolton Station. What to do? Well for one, my first course of the day which I take 4 days a week (OMG) starts at 11am. However, I have to be out of the house by 8:30am just to be able to get to my 11am class on time. I know, that really sucks. In addition to that, I have two evening courses this semester which both start at 4:55pm and end at 7:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Imagine the stress when you get to New Carrolton Station and realize that all the buses have stopped running for the day, then you have to walk 3 miles home. Well, this is my reality for this Fall of 2011.

I am still thankful to the good Lord that there are people in my life who have helped me out a lot in terms of my finances, and I know that in all the suffering one goes through, there is always good that will come out of it because God never allows his children to suffer in vain. I praise him in the midst. If you are a college student like me, I wish you an excellent academic year with all the success. Stay strong, because the times are changing and people are becoming more and more cold each day. Until next time, be on the lookout for my occassional blogs every now and then. Because my studies take up the bulk of my time, I will minimize my posts for this season. May God Bless You and stay strong!

Monday, July 11, 2011

TOP 10 MYTHS ABOUT INTROVERTS!

For most of you who might have not known, I am an Introvert. So when I came across this informative blog, I had to re-blog it. Well, I guess there's a first time for everything. So if you are an Introvert or you have a friend, brother, sister, or spouse who is an introvert, you HAVE TO READ THIS! It is very informative and it aims at reducing ignorance when an extrovert is just getting to know an introvert. I was so excited when I saw this because this was what I had been waiting for...for years. People often misunderstood me and this right here is something that brings joy to my soul. hahaha. It's about time!


TOP TEN MYTHS ABOUT INTROVERTS
Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Essence of the Dala-Dala

Now what is the Dala-Dala? Daladalas are basically commuter buses used to transport millions of people every single day, especially in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. Even though I was born and partially-raised in Dar, I never had to get on the daladala before. There was always somebody in my family with a car. A few weeks ago, I got on the daladala for the very first time in my life. It was actually fun. But when I was going to the Saba-Saba Convention the a few days later, I realized just how irritating and uncomfortable it can get on these mini-buses.

Conductors deciding that they are going to cram 50 people into basically a mini-bus is just not cool...at all! I was very upset and I couldn't believe what people would do for money. I thought to myself that this practice was very dangerous. Looking around me while holding onto the handles in the ceiling of the bus, I could not believe it when I saw a 5 year-old girl literally getting squished between grown men and women. And the worst thing about it is that she was standing up, while grown people were sitting down. These practices are unsafe and things should be done to change the conditions of the poor. Because the reality is that most of the people who ride daladalas cannot afford to own private motor vehicles. However, they still deserve to have better and safer travelling conditions.

Now, don't get me wrong. Riding the daladala is fun...just as long as you don't have to stand and be squished by 50 people. I've had many interesting conversations in the few times that I have used daladalas to get around town. It is seriously the most efficient way of getting around town...and the cheapest. So if you ever get the wonderful opportunity to visit Dar, don't be too "uppity" to ride the daladala. Because you never know.....your next best friend might just be a person you met on the daladala.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tanzanians need to wake up!

Yes indeed! I said it, and I am not holding my tongue any longer! As Tanzanians, we need to wake up; for we have been caught in a deep and detrimental sleep while our neighbors are prospering quicker and quicker. We on the other hand, continue to under-develop more and more each day.

The other day, I was in a Shopper's supermarket in Tanzania buying some small groceries for the household when I caught a woman following my friend and I around the supermarket while the European expats were left to shop in peace. At first I quickly dismissed it, but the more she followed me around, the more I started to feel uncomfortable and annoyed at times. How could someone who looks just like me follow me around with suspicion in my home country? You know, I always expect that kind of behavior from the Asian store owners in the United States. It is unfortunately a way of life, especially in predominantly black neighborhoods. But having to deal with that same kind of foolishness in my own homeland made me completely sick to my stomach. Adding fuel to the fire, the woman following me around look just like me...same skin complexion, hair and ancestry. This truly hurt me.  This type of anger and disappointment is what prompted me to break my silence, let all my thoughts out, and write this blog.


I am appalled to see the type of corruption that thrives in my home country of Tanzania. It seems like everything is run and dictated by corruption, and it seems to hit all areas of everyday life. What to do? Why does Satan have such a strong hold on the state institutions which were merely created for the benefit of the people? They have become meeting places for the sick greedy and careless among the bourgeoisie. I am tired of this. I want my country to prosper, not get poorer by the second, minute, and hour, while the rich continue to benefit through deceit.

It is also not fair to the millions of poor Tanzanians who have lost all hope and are treated inhumanely by their own brothers and sisters. They are disrespected and treated worst than the guard dogs used to protect the massive and expensive homes of European expats living in Dar es Salaam. And then worst of all: Oh how we treat the foreigners that come into our country as if they're Gods. We bow to them like Uncle Toms and think they are the most important beings that ever existed. But when it comes to our own fellow Tanzanians, we don't mind giving them an evil eye and even an occasional evil tongue. This is wrong. It is a shame to see my country in such an evil mess. Help us Lord. And then the ever-rising college educated Tanzanian youth who graduate college with new and refreshing ideas that could change this society for the better....IGNORED and cancelled off as ignorant reckless kids who don't know what's best for Tanzania. Well, let's continue to be silent and let the old and foolish elite run our country into a stone age. Lets give our old and foolish elite the right to drive our country into a deeper poverty by the hour. If we don't stand up for what is right and ethical, then our demise is inevitable.

As the young woman who followed me around in the supermarket, Tanzanians don't trust nor respect each other. As a wise and very loving aunt of mine once said to me not too long ago, "We as Tanzanians are colonizing ourselves". Europeans, Americans, and Asians are treated as angels when unfortunately in so many cases, they just want to strip our land of the little that we have left. Yet the Tanzanians like I who want to see this country move forward are looked down upon by our own kind. How sad and pathetic. This colonial-mindset is our worst enemy and is eventually going to be the main ingredient in our demise if we don't wake up soon. This type of behavior makes me sick. How psychologically damaged are we as a society? How can a country like Tanzania have so many rich people, but lacks in simple and basic infrastructure like roads and electricity? This kind of selfishness is destroying our country. We are Africans and we truly cannot to afford to be selfish in any aspect of our society. Wake up my fellow brothers and sisters!


I love this country so much with all my heart and there's no other place I'd rather live, even with all of the country's problems. That is why I had to speak up. I know there are millions of Tanzanians who are too hopeless to speak. Well, I am too saddened not to speak. May God help our country...especially our youth who are really the only ones who can change this country with God's Armor of Faith. Lord help us. Tanzania deserves better than this. Our people deserve better than this. One more thing: When the poor and the youth of Tanzania have decided that they are too tired of the senseless corruption and greed that is destroying our country, then we will start to prosper. Otherwise, the more we continue to stay silent and give way for evil ideologies to prosper ravage our country, we will have nobody to blame but ourselves in the end, especially once the old and foolish elite are long dead!

Friday, April 15, 2011

My Top 10 Favorite AFRICAN Musicians!

1. Oliver N'Goma - Born in Gabon and lived from 1959 to 2010 when he unfortunately succumbed to renal failure. N'Goma is the reason why I love listening to Afro-Zouk today. It is my one of my favorite genres of music, especially on the African continent. May he rest in peace.



2. M'Bilia Bel - Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1959 and dubbed the Queen of Congolese Rhumba, this magnificent artist and others are why I love Congolese music the way I do today.


3. Monique Seka - This beautiful artist is from the West African country of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). She has been active as a musician since the mid-1990's, although she is fairly young. She is my second favorite Afro-Zouk aritst after Oliver N'Goma and not only is she beautiful, but so is her voice. She is undoubtedly the best female Zouk artist in the world, in my opinion.


4. Koffi Olomide - This very influential Soukos legend was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1956 and continues to make music to this day. Several African artists have been inspired and influenced by Koffi Olomide's music, and there's no wonder why. He is simply excellent at what he does.


5. Sade - Born Helen Folasade Adu in 1959 in Nigeria, Sade is of mixed European and African descent, with her mother being British and her father being Nigerian. When Sade was 4 years old, she moved with her mother and brother to England, where she lived for the rest of her life. This still-beautiful woman is a legend when it comes to music in general. I love her because she is different, and her jazzy-smooth style cannot be duplicated by nobody, for she owns her style.


6. Lucky Dube - Born in South Africa in 1964 and lived till 2007, he was violently killed during a carjacking in Johannesburg. Lucky Dube is a legend when it comes to "revolutionary" music, for he sang about the injustices of the Apartheid government in South Africa. His style was Reggae and he always sang in English, but the lyrics were powerful. This is why he gained international notoriety, giving him much-deserved fame. May he rest in peace.


7. Lady Jay Dee - Born in Tanzania, Lady Jay Dee is one of the most popular singers today in East Africa. Not only has her soulful voice soothed our ears in Tanzania, but she has collaborated with musicians from Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. I love her music because she sings about real issues and she uses very wise lyrics in some of her songs. She is also known for singing in multiple languages at a time.


8. K'Naan - Born in Somalia in 1978, this talented Somali-Canadian artist is a poet, singer, and a rapper. He has proved himself to be an excellent lyricist and is known for rapping and singing about real issues in the world, including child soldiers in Somalia and what they go through.


9. Miriam Makeba - Born in South Africa in 1932 and lived till 2008, when she suffered a fatal heart attack after performing her last song. She was a legend not just in music, but in the fight for human rights in Apartheid South Africa. As a result, her public stance against the Apartheid regime got her exiled to several different countries, including the United States. Her voice was exquisite, soulful, and poetic. She knew how to create beautiful music out of nothing. She is another reason I love South African music. May she rest in peace!


10. Salif Keita - Born in Mali in 1949, this magnificent vocalist has gone through a lot of barriers to get to where he is. First of all, he was born an albino on a continent which is known for treating albinos as second-class citizens. His magnificent style of singing and playing the guitar is what makes his music pure and untainted by technology. As a result, his music and style is known around the world.





Friday, April 1, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Support me for $6,000 Scholarship!

Help me win a $3,000 college scholarship. Vote for my essay!

Ladies and Gentleman,

The semester is half-way over for me and I have applied for a scholarship contest which awards $6000 in tuition for three essays which get the most votes. I have written a 300-word essay about my 6th grade teacher and how he influenced me. I ask for everyone's support so that I can have enough money to go to school next school year. Now, to vote for my essay, all you have to do is click on the link above. I thank you all for your support! May God Bless You!

---Julius

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan's Worst Earthquake!


On March 11, 2011, Japan suffered its worst natural disaster since the country started keeping records over 140 years ago. A powerful and deadly earthquake rattled the Pacific region in and around Japan. Many island nations in the South Pacific were affected, in addition to the West coast of the United States and Canada. However, the earthquake hit Japan the worst, and it was the consequent tsunami that added to the death toll.  Most people know that Japan is a country which is located on several tectonic plates collectively known as the ring of fire. Furthermore, Japan has the highest concentration of earthquake activity in the world. However, most people didn't expect something of this magnitude would happen on the island nation of 127 million people.


Earthquakes are something that Japanese people are used to and they happen often. However, the 8.9 magnitude earthquake which rattled the entire country and particularly devastated the rural areas of Japan was deadly because it was followed by a powerful and deadly tsunami. Reports say that at least 1,000 people are feared dead, however this video clearly shows that 1,000 is too small and unrealistic of a number. This tsunami had to have taken many more lives than that. Watch this shocking video and decide for yourself!


May God be with those people who perished in this terrible natural disaster!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Picture of the Month!

Quote of the Month!

QUOTE OF MARCH: I was born. I went to primary school, then secondary school. I went to college to study something that was accepted by society. I got my degree. I made a lot of money but my life was empty and sad. I died.


by Julius Nyerere (Me)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

FIRST BLOG OF 2011? YES!

Sadly, this is my first blog of the year 2011. Why so late into the year? Well, I am a full-time student currently majoring in Political Science at Bowie State University. Life is busy and hectic, and there is hardly any time for rest! Being a college-student is a full-time job by itself. On top of that, I have a job that I have to work twice a week. Even though it's only for those two days, the combined stresses of all the activities and work I have to do on this campus make my job that much harder. Lately, there has not been that much news in my life. However, in our world of chaos and confusion, I have noticed that things are rapidly changing in North Africa and the Middle East. It is like a domino-effect, and it is almost scary. All the people who are putting their lives on the line to protest the corrupt leadership of various leaders in that region are very brave men and women. I just hope that they realize that kicking out an old leader and bringing in a new leader who is just like the old one is not progress. It's reverting back to the old ways.

Another sad story is that of the military ammunition depot explosion in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. 21 people lost their lives, if I'm not mistaken. On top of that, military officials refuse to move the base and ammunitions depot outside of the city, further endangering the lives of the people living in those areas. All I can do for now is pray for my country. All people care about is doing what benefits themselves, rather than what benefits the country as a whole. There's so much unnecessary selfishness in the hearts of our leaders. May those 21 dead rest in peace.

That is about all the time I have for today. Time to get back to studying!