Makongote Nyunbani, 78, is the chief of the Sukuma clan in Ntulya, a village located in the rural area of Mwanza (or should I say Sukuma land). Since 1983, he has been responsible not only for keeping his people healthy by using traditional healing techniques, but also for making sure that the Sukuma culture remains alive within the community. The Sukuma, the largest tribe in Tanzania, are known for their rich music and dance performances that express both their culture and political sentiments. While on the field today, I had the chance to watch a performance they prepared specially for me, under the leadership of Mr. Nyunbani. Such a privilege!
–> In the picture, Mr. Nyunbani sits next to one of the villagers who helped our fixer Ebby translate our conversation from the Sukuma language into Swahili, and then into English.