Safari E. Ohumay

Biography

Safari E. Ohumay is a US citizen who was born in a rural village of Tanzania. He first came to the US as a graduate student in Development Management and returned home after graduating in 1976. Earlier on he studied Math and Economics and graduated with a BS degree from the university of DaresSalaam in early 1972. After a two year stint in senior management in two Tanzanian industrial processing firms he received a job offer from the World Bank Group in Washington DC through its Young Professionals Program.
For the next 18 years he travelled extensively from Washington to many parts of Asia and Africa as the World Bank’s Program manager focusing in Infrastructure and Urban development under the theme of poverty alleviation. He spent most of his career in the World Bank working with countries such as Bangladesh, Burma, Indonesia, Pakistan and Srilanka in Asia, and Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland and Tanzania in Africa. Recently he joined the US Agency for International Development team in Afghanistan for one year as a Field Program officer at the height of the US campaign against Al-Kaida. Safari E. Ohumay lives in the Washington suburbs of Maryland and works as a freelance consultant.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in a remote rural village in Tanzania. Tanzania as a nation at that time did not exist as most of the African continent was in the grip of colonial rule from European nations of Portugal, France and Great Britain. There was only one elementary school of grades one through four in my village; I was reluctantly sent to school by the British to become a messenger, a clerk or a cook against my parents's genuine wishes of keeping me home to herd the livestock and later to farm the land by oxen plough. I did go through the pyramid education system of the time and by the time I was in the middle school- fifth to eighth grade- Tanzania(Tanganyika) attained its independence and immediately had an urgent need to replace the colonial administration. At that point the importance of education took a radically different meaning. Higher education meant great job opportunities and good income. After graduating from universities, one in Tanzania and another in the United States, I was led to a career in International development effort primarily focusing on the newly independent nations of the world after a massive decolonization decades of the 1960s and 1970s. Writing and making cases or justifications for funding to a country became my job. Much of this career work was during my tenure as a program Manager in the World Bank, and later in the USAID albeit for a shorter duration.
In your career in the World Bank, what would you consider to be your greatest achievements?
As a development professional I consider achievement to mean the realization of having been able to design projects whose outcomes can be measured by indicators which clearly show reduction or alleviation of poverty, improvement or increase in the quality of services or products, or creating new facilities whose existence is a prerequisite for development. One of my early achievements had to do with finding solutions to a crippling overcrowding and near break down of services of the Srilankan passenger transport system which was controlled and dominated exclusively by the public sector entities during the regime of Prime Minister Bandaranaike, whose rule began in the years after the nation's independence from Britain in the early 1950s. The World Bank team of which I was the leader for the transport sector, proposed the notion of allowing the private sector involvement and recommended phasing out of passenger transport business from the public sector. After prolonged negotiations, the new Srilankan government that came in office after the defeat of the previous one agreed with the World Bank by passing a law that expressly encouraged private bus operators, initially in the city of Colombo, and later on in the regional transport boards. In exchange for the accord, the World Bank granted soft loans for the procurement of new buses, the retooling of the bus workshops and strengthening government institutions in the coordination of public services. In less than two years after the World Bank project was implemented, overcrowding in the commuter buses and regional transport buses was completely eliminated, more private bus operators came in droves competing for the passenger business, and in so doing even helped to accelerate the phasing out of the public sector bus transport operations. This is just one example of some of the truly game changing projects in the lives of citizens of the beneficiary country.
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Books

Second Death Of Husband
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,030. Language: American English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Joyce's and NIck Malley's shaky marriage is tested when Nick is reported dead in hijacked plane. Joyce grieves but discovers freedom. Husband miraculously surfaces, causing wife near-fatal heart attack, She recovers . Getaway vacation ends up in loss of Nick's life to komodo dragons. She is widowed and receives death benefits. Nick's ghost begins to haunt Joyce freaking her out.
Nyayo Za Obama
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 66,910. Language: Swahili. Published: April 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Presidents & heads of state, Nonfiction » History » Africa
Nyayo za Obama ni kitabu kinachosimulia maisha ya rais Barack Obama na mafanikio yake ya kihistoria katika siasa ya Marekani. Kimeandikwa kwa madhumuni mahasusi ya kuboresha lugha ya Kiswahili, kikisisitiza utumiaaji wa Kiswahili sanifu. Kwa minajili hiyo, sura tano kati ya nane zinazungumzia historia ya raia na taifa, changamoto zake, na majukumu yake kama taifa kiongozi ulimwenguni.
The Footsteps of Barack Obama in A Changing America
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 84,950. Language: American English. Published: March 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Presidents & heads of state, Nonfiction » History » American
This book about the president of the United States who is a son of a non-American father, is written from a unique perspective of a US immigrant who lived to witness the changing American society through the history of 6 most recent elections of a US president. The book dwells in fascinating detail about the importance of US role in its global leadership towards a more perfect society.

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