March 12, 2010

African World Heritage Tour

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 1:23 pm by kampala2capetown

From Arusha to Dar Es Salaam, one thing has become clear about Tanzania, the population is excited and ready for a big World Cup celebration! In seeking out a theme for the Tanzania leg of the Kampala 2 Cape Town journey, the essence of what we felt was not a need for a technical tone, but a vibe that would celebrate the past, present, and future of Africa.

The ideas  took form in Arusha, where got a chance for an intimate tour of the new Cultural Heritage Center, which is filled with a breathtaking collection of African artwork and handicrafts from all over the continent. The owner and managing took the time to show us around (and share the pictures from his visit from Bill Clinton!)  As we took in the impressive sights , we realized that part of the Kampala 2 Cape Town program should be a showcase of African heritage. When we tour around the big screen celebrating the future of Africa, it will be important to also recognize the history and development of the continent.

From Arusha, the next stop was the Moshi marathon finish line, located in the shadow of the “Roof of Africa”, the tallest point on the continent, Mt. Kilimanjaro. The occasion indicated the ability for a sporting to bring together a big crowd. More than three thousand people gathered at the finish line to celebrate a day of competition with live music and fun. It gave the road show crew an opportunity to imagine the possibilities of a crowd the World Cup could draw!

Around the finish line celebration we visited our friends at Global Cycle Solutions  had a stand where they were showing off and marketing the cell phone charger and maize sheller. The curiosity and excitement in the onlookers was a proof of concept for the technology road show idea.

Next it was onto the capital city of Dar Es Salaam where the road show crew battled the heat and met up with a variety of organizations that empower the Tanzanian community. We were directed to the East African Speakers Bureau (EASB) as an organization full of committed young professionals promoting technology and entrepreneurship in the community. Meeting with the president (and TV personality) Paul Mashurai and their new project manager Mohammad Mohdi, the road show crew formalized the idea for the “African World Heritage Tour”, as a two week tour which would bring cultural performers, community leaders and technology experts for a series of shows from Arusha to Dar Es Salaam.  To announce the project to the greater community, the EASB asked the road show crew to spend an extra day in the city and present at National IT & Communication Summit.

Participating at the IT & Communication Summit gave the road show crew a window into the commitment and passion building for local technology development in the community, especially around mobile phones and social networking sites such as facebook. A Road Show member gave a “technology motivation talk” to the delegation and received a lot of interest in the African World Heritage Tour and Kampala 2 Cape Town Tour.

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