I see this a lot - a Tanzanian holding her or his mobile TIGHTLY. Always attached. Always prioritised.
Call me and I WILL ANSWER, and forget EVERYONE else around me. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE PERSON CALLING. MAYBE MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.
HOW CAN I RISK NOT ANSWERING MY MOBILE PHONE?
One thing is the statistics:
Africa now has more than 650 million mobile phone subscribers. That’s more than either the United States or the European Union. And it’s a market that has seen explosive growth. Since 2000, the mobile phone market has grown 40-fold, from 16.5 million, according to the World Bank.
The other thing is that I have the feeling that 'HALF OF THIS COUNTRY IS BUSY ON THE PHONE MAKING CALLS, WHICH THE OTHER HALF IS RESPONDING TO'.
WHAT DIFFERENCE does it make in every day life - those statistics?!