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“What is democracy, i don’t know what democracy is, what i know is that democracy means self reliance,” said 27 years Tumanini Daniel when asked on her knowledge of democracy.

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She is a fiery young woman who welcome you with a hearty smile, is a few minutes we were able to learn her story.Tumanini dropped out of school when she was 12 years old in her sixth year primary school.She like many Tanzanian youth from poor background went out in search of a job and landed the current one which she has been holding for the past 11 years.

What is democracy, i don’t know what democracy is, what i know is that democracy  means self reliance,” said 27 years Tumanini Daniel when asked on her knowledge of democracy.Tumaini_n

“Here in Tanzanian all the youth work, and rely on themselves because jobs are scarce and everyday there are more graduates, you cannot secure a job without a reference no matter how small the job,”she adds.

“Even if you want to be a cleaner at a hotel you must have connections.”
The job she holds was not by choice but she has come to understand it, however since she is an employee the money she earns is very little.She describes her pay as too little, it is just something to keep busy with.

Tumainis’ story mirrors the life of thousands of youth across Africa who have zero or a distorted perception of what democracy is.After being alighted by AYID on what democracy is and its core principles Tumanini has vowed to spread the word to her peers and start the dialogue.