I was disappointed when most of my friends wish to further their studies in the US, Europe, China and India. Not that I dislike those countries, instead I agree that they provide better future for those who study there, but I can't help but ask myself," Why they prefer to further their studies in other countries but not their own country?". "We don't ask what the country can do for us, but we ask ourselves what we can do for the country." Normally, I see my friends, boasting about how much they love the country by singing the 'Mungu ibariki Tanzania' (Tanzania's National Anthem) and writing long essays on "I am a Tanzania-And Proud of It" (when writing on JF and other blogs). The truth is they just know how to talk big, but when it comes to showing their love, they just shrugged off. "Words speak louder than action" Anyway, Tanzania is my one and only home. I vowed to love and adore this wonderful country in my coming years. I do not know what I will be in the future but I know, no matter what I am, I will stay in Tanzania. If I am fated to be a scientist, I will use my knowledge to invent useful gadgets for everyone, be it young or old, rich or poor, fat or thin. If I am a minister, I will use the government's money faithfully and I would not allow any corruption in my department. I would help the people to get what they need as soon as possible and I would do my part in the charity world so that everyone gets a chance to live on and study. So many what ifs, but in fact, I just do not know what is my ambition. The only thing I am sure is I will love to contribute to Tanzania in any ways. My friends from America asked me before," What is good about Tanzania? What is so special about it?" He was so surprised to receive a long reply from me. He spent an hour reading the whole mail. The next day, I got an interesting reply from him, "You should be the Tourism Minister or rather, involved in the tourism field, you seem very proud of your country!" Well, of course! You would not see me holding the Tanzanian flag, waving it frantically, shouting "Tanzania! Tanzania!" I will look like an idiot, you know! It is so embarrassing! I do not believe anyone will dare to do that. I can almost imagine myself standing on the third floor of the condominium, doing like that! People would be laughing aloud, for god's sake! I am not the daring type, but emotionally, I am proud to be a part of Tanzania. I feel lucky to be born here! Hii ni kutoka rohoni. Tanzania is peaceful. You would not read about wars in Tanzania. You will not hear about ministers fighting and punching each other though too much corruption news and our ministers/leaders resigning without fighting. You rarely read about dangerous criminals, walking freely on the streets. You will always read about our wonderful 1st President JK Nyerere, about Tanzanians feeling envied because we have so many races living together and we have so many nice food, from Indian food, Malay food, Swahili food and Chinese food. Apart from that, I cannot think of anything else that clearly drops Tanzania's image. Hold on, we have a lot others that are sure to charm you. Who knows your next trip will be Tanzania? We have many historical and entertaining places. There are mountain climbing and forest-adventure (Kilimanjaro, being the highest mountain in Africa and not forgetting Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, Olduvai Gorge etc). We have different varieties of food, that you will spend a lifetime tasting all of them! Finally yet importantly, we got our multiracial society that care about each other. People often ask, "How come we can maintain peace and serenity although we live with so many different cultures?" Well, there is just one simple answer," It takes two to obtain success in human's relationship". If one voluntarily understand and tolerate the other, eventually, the relationship will blossom. TANZANIA, I LOVE YOU!!! From the time I was still in my mother's womb, I have learned to love my country. Every night, The voice of my homeland whispers in my ear And the spirit of my nation tantalizes my soul. I am listening to the nightingales, Whistling their piercing crescendo, And remember yesterday's memories. Feelings from a love long ago suddenly return, And make me dream of a better tomorrow. ~~~~~~~~~~ I reunite with my little neighbor, Who charms me with her heavenly smile. But I have fallen in love with another, Who has stolen every bit of my soul. I am in love with the waves of the sea, Caressing my homeland from end to end. I am in love with the fruited plains, Looking out for me from the center of the land. I am in love with the skyscrapers, the winds ~~~~~~~~~~~ And the heroes of my country. Nyerere, Karume, Mkwawa... And other names I have not mentioned... The heroes of the past, present, and future. Let passing time bears witness to sadness and joys. Let all dreams be unwavering lights. Let tomorrow be a better day.