The [tag]TEDGlobal2007[/tag] conference is days away, it starts June 4 – smack in the Tanzanian resort town of Arusha.
When I applied for a fellowship to avoid paying the four-figure gate-tab, I didnâ€™t think much of the event. Even though I won the one of the 100 fellowship slots, it wonâ€™t be of any use to me: I wonâ€™t be there. But I have to stay back in Minnesota and earn my pay-check – by untangling some critical mess I know nothing of. Uhhhhh!!!
When I saw the list of conference attendees and the speaker lineup last week, my jaw dropped, and I knew there and then that I had missed one of the greatest events in Africa this year. I regret tying up and wasting a valuable fellowship slot – there are several others that would have jumped at the opportunity to visit Arusha and network with some of the best minds in world and some fellow African bloggers.
As long as Iâ€™m not self-employed, it is most likely I will be missing more engagements. Thank goodness I made New Delhi last December – even if I could only stay for some 3 miserable nights!… I just need to be calling my own shots. I really do. I will only see Arusha in my dreams!