Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Monday, 25 January 2010

My version of the year 2009 in review - April

April 5, 2009

In preparation for the visit of Idi Amin's son, Jaffar, to Butiama, a team of BBC reporters descended on Butiama and as Vicky Ntetema (above, left), Tanzania bureau chief for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) filed a report to London...

Eric Nampesya (above, middle), the BBC's Great Lakes correspondent and Charles Hilary (left) of the BBC Swahili Service exchanged arguments about which of their teams, Liverpool (Eric's) or Arsenal (Charles') was the better team.

April 7, 2009

Teaching students from Queens University in Kingston Canada laid out cash in neat rows to facilitate counting before I drove with the cash to Mwanza to handover to the tour operator whose driver drove them for a game viewing safari that included the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Teaching students from Queens University visit Butiama every year for their teacher's training practical assignment. They have taught at Machochwe Secondary School, and Butiama Secondary School.

Later that day, the BBC's Charles Hilary (left) interviewed Chief Japhet Wanzagi (right) as part of the BBC Swahili Service's radio programs to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tanzania - Uganda war.

April 8, 2009

I squeezed myself between the Canadian teaching students for a photograph just before they left for their game viewing tour of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

April 9, 2009

I hosted Jaffar Amin (left) at Butiama. Following some negative comments about his visit to Butiama, I defended my decision to host him at Butiama in this article.

April 12, 2009


A beautiful tree succumbed to the forces of nature after a rainstorm. I was disappointed; those who seek firewood were not. In a matter of days, the tree was gone and was fueling the cooking of meals.

April 18, 2009

I paid a visit to the Carmelite Missionary Sisters at Bunda, an hour's drive from Butiama, and after I left I contemplated one of two possibilities: that I am either exceptionally tall; or there is a height restriction in the entry requirements to the Carmelite order.

April 25, 2009

Students from Nyegina Secondary School in Mara region visited Butiama and Mwalimu Nyerere's library.

4 comments:

Nigeria said...

Your meeting with Idi Amin's son just goes to show what kind of a person you are. It is best to leave the past with the past...With all that is going on in this world, a peacful meeting with his son, shows one cares not only for Tanzanians, but also for the people of Uganda. There should be good history coming out of this meeting. Did you end the meeting with a good note? I applaude you both for your bravery! BBC Swahili Radio deserves to be recognized for arranging the meeting!

Madaraka said...

The meeting ended well, thank you.

piccola said...

Mine seems a new reply to the old post. Any way, Pole na kazi,Is it possible to send me the addresses of the Carmelite nuns (the ones in the picture and/ or any you might know) Or cloistred nuns you might know.I know you are not the right person but it's hard to get these information especially when you are out of the country.

When you have time. I'm thinking of joining a religious order.

Piccola- Sweden

Madaraka said...

Piccola, pse send me an email to madaraka.nyerere@gmail.com and I will put you in touch with one of the nuns.