Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Welcome Note

Welcome to my blog. My name is Joseph L. Mbele. I am a Tanzanian educator, with particular interest in Literature, Folklore and Cultural Studies. I have taught at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the University of Burundi, and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

I like writing: academic papers, books, reviews, and newspaper columns. My best known publication is the book Africans and Americans: Embracing Cultural Differences, available online at I also like translating folklore from Matengo and Swahili into English.

I travel around much and have been all over the world, attending conferences, giving lectures, and participating in cultural events, especially book fairs. What else? For many years, I have been a cultural consultant for Americans going to Africa and for Africans living in America. My role has been to share perspectives on cultural differences that are bound to affect the interactions between Africans and Americans. As I talk with these people, I not only share what I know, but I also learn much from their experiences, concerns, and questions, and the more I learn, the more I can share. It has always been this way.

I have created this blog as a site for sharing these matters, but, who knows? There could be other things as well. The sky is the limit. I hope you will find this blog worth visiting, again and again.


Unknown said...

Welcome to the blogging world Joseph Mbele.
It is great that you have joined us online. I am sure alot of our youths who do not know your brains, books and general expertise on world and African literature but especially traditional and popular Tanzanian writing will benefit.
Please give us as much as you can. TUNAKUHITAJI.
I have also sent a note here for Kiswahili readers; who you should sometimes pen too:

Jeff Msangi said...

I am overjoyed to find out that you have decided to blog.I have been eagerly waiting for a day like this.You are warmly welcome and I am sure you will enjoy not only filling the pages of your blog but also the discussions or interactions that will come along as you keep blogging.

I have just enjoyed your take on Mbamba Bay.I have never been there but I could easily tell that it's a beautiful,relaxing and peaceful place. No wonder one of my aunt is married there.I should then visit her one day!

Jeff Msangi

Mbele said...

Freddy and Jeff, I am grateful for your work, which is inspiring people like me. I have much to learn from you.