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Maasai travel to Dar es Salaam for Emusoi book launch

The Maasai turned out in force at the launch of Emusoi: Maasai girls tell their stories in Tanzania last Wednesday, January 27th. A group of 17 Maasai warriors performed traditional dance and singer/song writer Caroli Kinasha entertained guests with Maasai melodies.

The launch was hosted by HE Jon Lemoy, Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, at his official residence in Dar es Salaam, and attended by more than 200 guests.

Maryknoll Sister Jean Pruitt, founder of the Dogodogo Centre Street Children’s Trust (“sister project” to the Emusoi Centre) sent the following account of the proceedings:

“The Book Lauch was just super!  We had a great turn out of friends and supporters.  It was an added attraction because we had youth from 20 countries on the Peace Building Workshop who totally enjoyed the Maasai Dancers – as did the whole gathering.  Caroli Kinasha was simply awesome.  She was accompanied by a guitarist and her voice is so beautiful.  She and the Maasai in the crowd (and there were many) sang together at one point and that was thrilling.  Tunu Lukumbuzya, who wrote the Foreword, was great to come and introduce the book and Linda had tears flowing in the audience.  She read her poem in from the book and took it from there.  She is one of the most composed and clear speakers I have ever seen in a young woman.   The UK High Commissioner HE Diane Corner was there; also the US Ambassador , Bishop Kilaini,  and Judge Makaramba.  Judge Makaramba is the champion of children’s rights in Tanzania and he was so pleased to be invited.  Both ITV and Channel 10 covered the launch.  Citizen will review the book next week and Daily News will do an article with Linda…I introduced myself as “Sister Mary’s stand in” and Mary was thanked for being Mama to all the pastoralist girls…”

Maasai dancers pose with Emusoi graduate Linda (second from the right) and Tunu Lukumbuzya, author of the Emusoi Foreword, (standing to the right of the banner).

In Chapter 3 of the book, Linda (left) tells of the devastating effects of climate change on the traditional pastoralist way of life of the Maasai. Tunu Lukumbuzya (right), humanities teacher at the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam and author of the Foreword, also attended the launch.

Linda and her friends join Judge Makaramba (centre left) and Dogodogo founder Sister Jean Pruitt (far right). Judge Makaramba is widely praised for his work championing the rights of children in Tanzania.

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January 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment


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