Presented by Dr. Shoonie Hartwig, founder of Mwangaza Partnership of education, health, family and faith
Dr. Joseph Mbele, University of St. Olaf
ANICETI KITEREZA - A TANZANIAN EPIC. The man, his home, his book Myombekere na Buganoka received a mere glance in 1945. Yet, when Aniceti Kitereza welcomed an American to his home on the island of Ukerewe, Tanzania in 1969, ordinary began to be transformed to extraordinary. This is an epic tale of how a novel completed in Kikerebe is now published in Kiswahili, French, German and English. It is a tale of the author, Aniceti Kitereza, whose tome is the longest novel written in Africa and whose life of 81 years is a testimony to his reason for writing: what should we teach our children? From their forthcoming book – Aniceti Kitereza – A Tanzanian Epic-, Professor Joseph Mbele (St. Olaf) and Dr. Shoonie Hartwig (St. Olaf, emeritus) will present examples of his writing and its extraordinary contribution to African literature.
Dr. Shoonie Hartwig
For more than fifty years, Dr. Hartwig has lived in Minnesota, North Carolina and Tanzania as a teacher, researcher, program facilitator and as a writer. She taught at North Carolina Central University and St. Olaf College. The Lutheran College Consortium for Tanzania, an exchange program between several Lutheran colleges and the University of Dar es Salaam was operative for thirty-three years.
In 1996, Dr. Hartwig resigned from St. Olaf to take a position as Director of Mwangaza Education for Partnership-ELCT/ELCA based near Arusha, TZ. This grass-roots, faith based organization serves twenty dioceses of the ELCT and their partnered ELCA synods. Teacher training for secondary school teachers, an intergenerational mother-daughter program focuses on health/GBV/HIV-AIDS and entrepreneurial skills, and a community health program - water borne disease/conflict resolution/GBV comprise the three programs. She retired in 2003, continuing only as advisor. All sixteen Mwangaza staff are Tanzanian.
Dr. Hartwig has published four books, the most recent - EDUCATION OF A STRANGER (2014) and LIVING WITH DYING - A FAMILY VOCATION (2017).
The primary documents, letters, pictures and tapes related to ANICETI KITEREZA - TANZANIAN EPIC, were collected in 1969 when the Hartwig family lived on the island of Ukerewe. During that time, her husband, Gerald Hartwig, assembled oral traditions from the Bakerebe so as to write their history. Kitereza was one of his informants. The Hartwigs published four articles related to Kitereza’s novel - BWANA MYOMBEKERE na BIBI BUGONOKA.
Currently, Dr. Hartwig lives in Roseville, MN. She is mother to four, grandmother to five and great-grandmother to six.