No, not that kind of Uzi!
It is six kilometres in length, making it the second largest of the smaller islands which surrounds Unguja, Unguja is the main island of Zanzibar.
We decided to go there because it has a unique economy. Strangely enough the economy is based on women collecting seaweed.
The seaweed is used for everything from perfume to pet food. Like I said, it is the mainstay of the Uzi economy.
Of course the main town on the island, perhaps the only one, is called Uzi.
Of course schoolbooks do not exist. But I picked up a notebook kept by a kid in the front of the class. I read his notes. I was amazed. I could not comprehend the math problems he had in it, but I could never even balance a checkbook. But when I went to the social studies section, he had an incredibly deep perception of democracy. I do not think American kids can define democracy like this until college. It gave me hope for if not the entire third world, at least Zanzibar.
The kids do not see many Wazungu, plural of Mzungu, so we were a distraction to the classroom activities, and what kid isn’t happy about that? Mzungu is a word for white Europeans all over East Africa. It is not meant in a derogatory way, it is just a greeting. It comes from the Kiswahili word zungua which means to wander or to travel. At least they do not call us what they used to…iloridaa enjekat. That term was inspired by the trousers worn by white Europeans and means, those who confine their farts!
They think Wazungus are mostly from Australia, Germany or England. They wanted to know where we were from. When we said America, they would yell out OBAMA!
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