Thursday, May 30, 2013

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

I was going to write about the glorious denouement of our assessment phase this week (yes, we did indeed complete the whole darn thing in well under two weeks!!), but a recent visit of "inquiry" to Msaranga Primary School by three well-fed Tanzanian immigration officers prompted me to register myself on the website of the Embassy of the United States, Dar es Salaam, and I got sidetracked.

President Obama is coming to TZ!  So far, we do not know his exact itinerary (so I can't genuinely confirm any dinner plans with him as yet), but we can guess Dar will be one confirmed stop and probably Arusha as well.  Hopefully, he will make an appearance in Kilimanjaro at some point, but Moshi is often overlooked.  I don't believe either Bill Clinton nor George W stopped here on their presidential visits....would be amazeballs if this POTUS could roll through and sort out some of the legalities of my expat status....

Check out below the "Statement by the Press Secretary on the President's Travel to Africa" as issued by the Embassy:

President Obama and the First Lady look forward to traveling to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania from June 26 - July 3.  The President will reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders.

The President will meet with a wide array of leaders from government, business, and civil society, including youth, to discuss our strategic partnerships on bilateral and global issues.  The trip will underscore the President's commitment to broadening and deepening cooperation between the United States and the people of sub-Saharan Africa to advance regional and global peace and prosperity.

I also peeped this pic of the Ambassador, Alfonso E. Lenhardt, and find him to be a silver fox!!  Maybe a return trip to Dar is in order?  To introduce The Toa Nafasi Project, of course!

(More on the assessment and our future plans next week....)

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