(Xinhua) -- Tanzania is set to host an
international cultural tourism festival aimed at conserving, and
sustaining four African languages and culture, which are on
verge of extinction in the face of rising modernity, organizers
The festival which will be held in
September, this year in Haydom, a rural town in Manyara region
north of Tanzania, has been organized by Four Corners Cultural
Festival (4CCF) in collaboration with the Tanzania Tourist Board
Nelson Faustine, project officer of 4CCP, and one of the
organizers of the annual cultural event said: "This year’s
cultural celebration is all about sharing traditional
lifestyles, unity, and sharing storytelling through dancing,
drumming and singing."
He, however, said they have chosen Hydom as a venue for the
event because it is the cultural melting pot centre, in which
the four popular ethnolinguistics African tribes meet.
"These are the Bantu, Khoisan, Nilo-Saharan and the
In the neighbourhood the Bantus are represented by Waisenye,
Wanyiramba and Wakimbu from Singida region; the Khoisan is
represented by Hadzabes."
"While Datogas represent Nilo-Saharan and the Afro-Asiatic
family is represented by the Cushitic Iraqw, locals based in the
Haydom sprawling rural and laid-back town."
He said that the four languages are on verge of extinction in
the face of rising modernity in Tanzania and Africa at large.
"That’s why we’re meeting to among other things, discuss on
how to preserve them for tourism and future generation."
"We want also to use the event as a platform to address
issues related to education, environmental conservation, health
and community development in a broader perspective ...we’ve
invited local and international leaders and policy makers at the
important event," said Nelson.
Paul Fissoo, manager for tourism services, Ngorongoro
Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) also described the September
Haydom Cultural Tourism Festival as an important avenue for
Tanzania to showcase the country’s cultural tourism treasure.
"We view the event as a way of promoting a culture of the
area and eventually encourage domestic tourism in the country,"
Fissoo said, adding that the event is expected to bring on board
hundreds of participants from Tanzania and the rest of the
TTB spokesman Geoffrey Tengeneza described the festival as
key towards promoting Tanzania’s cultural tourism.
The festival, according to him, will also help to lift
spirits and bring about hope and optimism into understanding the
world of culture and part of their heritage.
Tanzania seizes 428 bags
of marijuana in mountain village
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA) said
Thursday they had seized 428 bags of marijuana on the slopes of
Fredrick Kibute, a senior official of DCEA, described the
consignment as one of the largest marijuana seizures in northern
Tanzania this year.
He said that the 428 bags of marijuana was impounded in
Engalaoni village in Arumeru District early Thursday.
"Our officials camped in the village for almost one week to
unveil the haul of marijuana. But we managed to seize all the
bags on Thursday morning when we carried out a house-to- house
inspection," the official said.
He, however, said no one was found in those houses.
"The area where the bags were hidden has no roads, making it
hard to be accessed by government officials and security forces
... there is no vehicle getting into the area.
"This is what encourages people to continue growing the
Kabute called upon Tanzanians particularly those living on
the slopes of Mount Meru to stop from growing cannabis, which is
prohibited in the East African nation.
Tanzania is one of the largest marijuana producers in Africa.