THE internet, in particular social media, went wild when news broke. We’ve made it guys. Dar es Salaam has been named as one of the top 50 places to visit according to the New York Times.
Congratulations to all those involved. Who knows, we might just have a public holiday announced to celebrate this. Who knows.
Other destinations on the list include Christchurch, New Zealand, Downtown Los Angeles, Namibia, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, Yorkshire, England and Dubai.
Described as an ‘African metropolis coming into its own’, Dar has been given all favorable reviews except maybe for having to sort out some issues. Unannounced speed bumps.
Potholes that can be mistaken for craters. Electricity and water supplies playing hide and seek at undefined intervals.
Traffic and general road conditions that can make you regret your life choices-where you live, what time you woke up, how much water you drank during the day, etc. Let’s not forget the civil servant who is regularly absent/ or and unable to work due to a range of problems that have no direct bearing with work.
As Tanzanians, these are issues that we have learnt to deal with in our every day so they may not be so distressing. However, now that we have been featured and our dear, beloved city is out there more and more, we might just have to hurry up and find solutions.
No one wants to see our dirty linen. Growing up I’d see my Mother quite literally break her back to clean the house up whenever there was word of visitors about to arrive.
This is not because the house would be in a mess at any time, (and you would regret not cleaning up after yourself) but because visitors needed to find the house in its upmost supreme state of clean.
Getting your house clean in preparation for guests is even in religious books. Your house and the state it is in represents who you are as an individual and in this case, who we are as a people. It is a human, preprogrammed notion that people will judge a place at first sight and take that with them forever.
I do it, you do it-we all do it! Judgment will be done and as we all know, the first impression lasts. I’ve met people who once I say I’m Tanzanian, they say the first thing they have heard of Tanzania.
I usually take it personally if what they are saying isn’t positive and I know I’m not the only one. So now that we have a projected increase potential investors posing as tourists about to come into Dar, what to do?
Where are they hiding that truck that washed the roads? I say, bring back the people who were responsible for cleaning up Dar for Obama.
We’ve done it before and we can do it again and on a permanent basis this time. Never had Dar been so clean! Hire these individuals on a permanent basis and keep Dar looking and being first-class. Viva la Dar!