Case For Change
November 11, 2017

Case For Change : The Nyombo, Iringa Story

GSMA has launched #CaseForChange and I, Neema got the opportunity to show how mobile connectivity is changing the lives of people in Tanzania. It was a thrilling experience to be a part of. My dad grew up in Iringa so when I got the chance to bring the case there I was stoked. I know I have been using the hashtag Case For Change a lot on Instagram. The Case for Change ( Kasha La Mabadiliko),  is a case that has all you need to document what mobile operators are doing to support the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. I travelled 701 km with the case and these are the visual stories.

 

 

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                                                                  Self with the Case before the journey begun

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                                                                                              Morogoro

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                                                                                 Scenes From Iringa Forests

The case finally arrived in Nyombo, Iringa. Right here is the cell tower powered by Airtel, Tigo and Vodacom. Thanks to this tower, people can connect to mobile internet.  From streaming music, accessing education, and keeping track of their finances,  connectivity is changing the way they play, learn, and do business.

 

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                                     Mini Me, This was shot by a drone by Mwakisonko and his team.

I interviewed three different people who shared their views on why connectivity is important to them.

 

 

 

 

                                              It was lunch time and we were all happy, Here is Hadji’s Class.

 

 

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                                                                             I’m guessing she was waiting for her lunch buddy

 

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Change begins with learning, I’ve always thought  teachers are important. In fact, part of our personality has been shaped by our nursery and primary school teachers. This is Hadji. He is a headmaster and an English teacher in Nyombo. If you are keen and keep up with my Instagram, I mention his story. Hadji uses SES connectivity to show his students examples of places, people and things described in books. “Through mobile connectivity, I’m able to know when syllabuses are changed or when the textbooks become outdated” he explains. “The other day I learnt the national emblem on a book we use was only meant for Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar have their own emblem”. Such mistakes could have cost my students marks on national exams”.

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I hope Anthony’s photos put you in the mood for mahindi choma, because I’m craving. Anthony, a local farmer, explains how life has changed with internet. He can now WhatsApp his clients when the produce is ready for sale and get better weather predictions on his phone. Fun fact – he is just 23 years old.

 

 

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                                                         When the playlist is fire, Godfrey is next to his stead.

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I had fun with this one. Godfrey and I connected via music, his playlist includes the likes of Tiwa Savage, Diamond and TMK. I love Tiwa Savage btw. His favourite is “Fire” a song by Tiwa Savage and Diamond. Thanks to the cell tower, he streamed the song and we vibed to it. Godfrey says before the tower was built, he had to wait for the radio to play his favorite song or get a CD to listen whenever he wanted. All that has changed thanks to the tower – he can now play his favourite songs as often as he wants.

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 I present the sun and how sunrise transitions in Iringa, *feast humans*

I’ll have to say bye now, I hope you are following @caseforchange and checking out the videos on their website to see how connectivity is changing lives all over the world.

In case you missed the video, you can watch it here.

 

Love, Light and Jelly beans

Neema J,

 

 

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    28 Comments

  • Shalua Mandara November 11, 2017
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    First of all Amazing story, and Very Beautiful Pictures(AMAZING). Its so beautiful to see how Technology is touching people in many different ways and how it really helps make life so easy to people, i really loved this case for change campaign coz it really shows everyone working in the different fields of technology(me included) that what you are doing matters and touches people in ways you’d never imagine. it pushes us to work harder

    • thebongolese November 11, 2017
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      Thank you Shalua. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Happy to inspire. Just so you know you inspire me too. I can’t wait to see how the case documents other countries too. I hope you have subscribed. Bless

  • Amini Suwedi November 11, 2017
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    Art has to change lives, and tell stories that we can all in a sense connect to. When art meets technology, we create a beautiful synergy that leads to further development in community. We see that in this post Neema. Art helps tell the story of how technology has changed people’s lives and in turn the tech people will be inspired through this to fight and create more change in the process. Not a vicious cycle but a beautiful oe indeed. I loved every moment from connecting with music and the teacher realizing a very small but fatal mistake but mosy the mahindi craving, cause don’t we all crave for some 🙂

    • thebongolese November 11, 2017
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      Art has to change lives. I love that perspective. I need to seat down and stop undervaluing what art has to offer for development. Thank you for your time. HAHAH this post was cornyyyy. please have mahindi choma

  • Drew November 11, 2017
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    The videos and photos opens up thoughts..And brings to light stories of places and people far away(connectivity I guess).finally you are an awesome story teller….

    • thebongolese November 11, 2017
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      Thank you Drew. Glad you enjoyed this. It is a process, one story at a time

  • Denis Miring’u November 11, 2017
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    Really great images and great initiative. Hopefully we see more of this.

    • thebongolese November 11, 2017
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      Thank You Sponsor. XOXO You will just keep on checking caseforchange.com

  • Nkama Ismael November 11, 2017
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    Hun as always I am in love with the pictures. The sunset, beautiful. I most connected with Mwl. Hadji. I love how much interest he shows in teaching his students. And now I have Tiwa Savage playing. Keep sharing your magic love. Xo.

    • thebongolese November 12, 2017
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      Thank you so much Nisa. Bless you for stopping by. I love hadji’s kids too.

  • Ismaili Simba November 11, 2017
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    Many thanks for presenting how mobile networks are positively affecting Tanzanians, especially the photos. They are just mesmerizing. Keep it up!

  • Sandra Brown November 11, 2017
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    Once again… I learnt something! Always learning somethng; great ass feeling. Great post and AMAZING Photos. ♥️

    • thebongolese November 12, 2017
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      Thank you for this Sandra, Appreciate your endless support. xoxo

  • Nasra November 12, 2017
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    So proud of you sis The content well curated and photos are just purely amazing and

  • Patsy Mugabi November 12, 2017
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    WOW, Neema, This reminds me of India Arie’s song, I am light.You are light.

  • Rey November 12, 2017
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    This is all sorts of amazing. I am truly proud of you Jodie. You being the change , making it better for many there. The images are top notch.
    Stay awesome

  • Tsiko Mudau November 12, 2017
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    Technology has evolved so quickly throughout the years and has helped people in terms of education. It’s really sad that these children we were not able to forfill that. But I am so happy that these organizations managed to fill the gap. These images speak volumes and you allow us viewers to see the perspective. Well done Neema. You’re amazing including the work you do. All Love

    • thebongolese November 13, 2017
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      Thank Tsiko. It is true but a lot has to be done too. It’s up to all of us to make sure no one gets left behind.

  • SiAmor Maro November 14, 2017
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    This is really inspiring, the images have captured moments and they tell a story. This is really great.

  • Jacqueline Terry November 14, 2017
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    I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST! The beautiful images , the story behind #CASEFORCHANGE and the fact that you did it in your home town. I watched the video and i loved it but there’s something about how you capture images of people that’s just magical. So proud of you Jodie, your work is impeccable. Keep pushing, keep creating amazing content, stay blessed sis.

    • thebongolese November 14, 2017
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      Thank you Jacqueline. You made me cry. I appreciate your positive feedback. To more beautiful content. xoxo

  • Eshe Abdul November 15, 2017
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    Usually I never comment on blogs but your passion and creativity is something that I didn’t stop myself from saying something about it. “All happy smiles for lunch time” image is glorious ha ha ha. The images are beautiful. You’re doing a great job Joddie, Keep it up sis.

    • thebongolese November 15, 2017
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      Thank you Eshe. I appreciate it xoxox. See you next time

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