Nyuso za Mwanamke – Said A. Mohamed, 2010

Nyuso za Mwanamke - Said A. Mohamed, 2010

Nyuso za Mwanamke – Said A. Mohamed, 2010

Nyuso za Mwanamke

Said A. Mohamed, 2010

Sasa Sema (Longhorn Publishers)

Msichana Nana

“Nana, msichana mrembo anajipata katikati ya jamii yenye mielekeo ya kumfinyanga mwanamke na kumyumbisha kama kayamba. Kila anayemwona Nana anamchukulia kuwa ni pambo la mji lenye nyuso nyingi au llisilokuwa na uso hata mmoja…” Continue reading

Tamthilia ya ‘AMEZIDI’ na Said A. Mohamed

Tamthilia ya 'AMEZIDI' na Said A. Mohamed

Tamthilia ya ‘AMEZIDI’ na Said A. Mohamed

Ame na Zidi wanajikuta katika umaskini mkubwa katika bahari iliyohaa mali. Katika hali hii ya uhitaji, wanatambua kuwa hawana jingine la kufanya ila kuomba msaada ili wayatosheleze mahitaji yao. Msaada unapokuja, unaleta unaleta madhara mengi zaidi.

Huu ni mchezo mawazoni unaotazama matatizo ya kijamii na ya kiuchumi katika nchi nyingi za kiafrika za hivi leo.

Mwandishi alizaliwa Unguja (Zanzibar) mwaka wa 1947. Alielimishwa huko huko Unguja na baadaye akajiunga na chuo kikuu cha Dar-es- Salaam, na kisha chuo kikuu cha Leipzig, Ujerumani. Amefundisha katika shule za upili na vyuo mbalimbali. Kabla ya ku7hamia Ujerumani, alikuwa Profesa katika Chuo kikuu cha masomo ya kigeni cha Osaka, Ujapani. Continue reading

Said Ahmed (A) Mohamed – The Next Swahili Literature Hero!

Damu Nyeusi - Said A. MOhamed

Damu Nyeusi – Said A. MOhamed

I was watching a William Shakespeare TV documentary with a couple of secondary school students, recently. In the middle of the programme one asked if I had read Hamlet. I said, I had. Romeo and Juliet? Yes. Julius Caesar? Sure.
“Where did you read them?”
I said at Ilboru secondary school in the highlands of Arusha, Tanzania. I also acted in a Caesar play; I was Cassius and saw “Romeo and Juliet” film at the British Council in Dar es Salaam.Yes. William Shakespeare is known in Africa, I explained.
The youths thought Shakespeare is an archaic thing only forced unto them (to waste time) whereas the writing legend has been utilized for ages across the planet to learn English. Shakespeare is the second mostly quoted English writer after the Bible while his plays the most used in cinema. And what significance for the British? It means glory for the English language plus financial gains.
Swahili prolific author and lecturer, Prof Said Ahmed Mohammed Khamis

Swahili prolific author and lecturer, Prof Said Ahmed Mohammed Khami

And if you are in East Africa where Kiswahili poetry has been injected with some of the finest writers in Bongo Flava, you have to remember that guys like Professor Jay (aka Joseph Haule) are a continuous segment from Mr Two, past 1960’s Swahili poet Mathias Mnyampala through Shaaban Robert to  Fumo Lyongo’s classic poetry of the 12th century.
When Professor Jay recorded “Ndiyo Mzee” ridiculing politicians bubbling fake promises to win votes, the President himself acknowledged the tune highlighting   political hypocrisy. Likewise Morogoro musician  Salum Abdullah wrote songs to inspire the struggles of TANU and Mwalimu Nyerere in the 1950’s.
The profound importance of literature cannot be underestimated in any society.