I grew up mostly in Kenya, then Uganda, I barely remember my years in Tanzania but they all had the same concept. In Kenya it was “mushamba” and in Uganda it was “maalo”, it refers to the ignorant wonderment of an ignorant person.So I remember when video players first came out and people would come for miles just to see one, not to watch a movie screen but to stare at the machine for hours and hours and hours.
News reports from Libya reveal Col. Gaddafi’s crackdown on demonstrators. The Dear Leader’s security apparatus has killed scores of people; people who were only trying to do what he himself did all those years ago. Namely remove an unpopular leader in a bloodless transfer of power. He’s having none of that however. Unlike Hosni Mubarak, the army is in his pocket and I think he will take a few more Libyan lives before the situation resolves itself. But like Mubarak, he is on the wrong side of history.