City Sisters navigating the Glocal Mediascapes in Dar es Salaam
While I did research about the changing media scene in Dar es Salaam and its relation to youth in the city and youth culture during a number of fieldwork periods between 1999 and 2005, a topic was “in the air”. The comic strip below by Tanzanian cartoonist Fred Halla serves to illustrate this topic quite well. It narrates the idea that years back, the young Tanzanian woman was expected to obey the strict conventions of society, here symbolically maintained by an older man with a stick, enforcing the performance of proper and respectable femininity. She was expected to live up to the ideals of a ‘traditional African woman’, and as such stay away from things and behaviors regarded as ‘Western’ and ‘modern’.