In 2019, our family, the Lüdtkes, with mixed East African and European-American ancestry, purchased the domain name Dodoma.com as a prerequisite and a platform for a powerful promotional site intended not only for the benefit of the capital city of Tanzania, but for that of all the United Republic.
Tanzania, which has Africa’s fifth-largest population (and 13th-largest geographic size), shelters a vast array of opportunities in sectors such as the economy, nature preservation, tourism, and cultural enrichment. With roughly 60 million inhabitants and a fertility rate of five children per woman, the country should have the world’s third-largest city and a total population of approximately 300 million citizens by the end of this century (according to U.N. estimates).
We aim to keep the site’s focus fairly general, to attract and keep the interest of all friends of Tanzania. Nature, society, culture, tourism, and current events will all be themes reflected in the site’s content.
As a low-budget, family project, we will include information related to our own, ongoing discovery of Tanzania. This is not because of conceit or an exaggerated notion of our family’s especial importance, but in view of the capacity of the “human touch” to generate and keep readers’ interest, especially in comparison with a more sterile format, marked by a faceless production team.
Beyond Tanzania-related themes, this site will explore taboo issues of pan-African importance, including profound insights into the perpetuation and the dynamic of the phenomenon of the drugged and traumatized militia of child soldiers who, through abuse, become killers and pirates, as well as the psychology of groups that perceive themselves as victims and eventually set themselves up to victimize other groups.
To ensure maximum inclusiveness and a propriety that aligns with the inherent dignity of its domain, we aim for the site to remain purely secular and non-partisan; unattached to any personality cult for whichever party, but also with no resentment nor ill will for any particular personality. The site shall uphold the principles enumerated in the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania: “freedom, justice, fraternity and concord.” This guiding beacon, this light in an otherwise-dark wasteland, does not admit of any intolerant, hateful, or extremist ideology; on the contrary, we aim to foster cohesion and unity by exploring pragmatic, proven solutions that might be of use to the Tanzanian people, if they should deem prudent to engage them.