I think I have written before that for sheer of luck, strategies or circumstances, Tanzania is now getting the mojo it needed years ago in order to be recognized as one of the world’s top tourism destinations.
According to my own research and interactions with people [especially in North America where I spend most of my time annually], a lot more people now know about Tanzania and its amazing tourists attractions. They are now aware of Kilimanjaro for example [and the truth that it’s located in Tanzania and not anywhere else] or that the exotic and beautiful islands of Zanzibar are actually in the United Republic Of Tanzania not to mention that one of the world wonders, Ngorongoro Crater harboring tons of animals including “the big five” is in Tanzania alongside Serengeti National Park which is amazing in its own ways. Finally, through straight talks and simple answers, the world knows Tanzanite is precious stone available only in Tanzania.
If all the above are direct results of strategies, plans and work ethics, Minister Lazaro Nyalandu can’t be shielded away from taking credit. He has done a good job of coordinating not only tourism promotion moves at home but also abroad where most tourists come from or are expected to come from. The embassies and high commissions abroad have also picked up pace in pinpointing tourism as one of their core business/mission. That is not to suggest, however, that Tanzania’s Ministry Of Tourism has obtained an A- pass. A lot more needs to be done. It’s the progress that I am taking comfort from here.
Now to add fuel in the campaign that saw the name Tanzania on the pitch during English Premier League matches, to subway systems in New York, London etc, Tanzania [through Nyalandu’s led ministry] is now pushing into using some of Tanzania’s celebrities who are working abroad to boost those kinds of initiatives. According to news that Minister Nyalandu broke through his Twitter account, Tanzanian model, Flaviana Matata, who resides and conduct most of her business from New York City, will soon be featured on TV Ads promoting Tanzanian Tourism that will be aired on some of world’s biggest TV stations such as CNN America and BBC World.
If you ask me, I think this is a good move. My suggestion is; use more of these celebrities. Good job.
Today is January Makamba’s birthday. He turns 41. Now, his 41st birthday is probably not a usual one given the circumstances. He is one of the folks vying to replace President Jakaya Kikwete when his second term [and final as per Tanzania’s constitution] comes to an end later this year. Therefore, he celebrates this day watching and observing carefully the people wishing him the good, bad or even ugly. In politics you have to be ready to become a fire-eater all the time. And then you should be able to stare past the fire into your own thoughts.
While I am sure his family, close friends etc must have treated him with specialty of the day, the video sent by one Twitter [and YouTube] user, @AliKibao must have warmed his heart in a special way. Ali came up with 2 reasons why he would vote for January Makamba if he was to pass the acid test of becoming an official candidate. Its his birthday gift to him. With wit, directness, intelligence and of course creativity, Ali puts forward 2 reasons that are quite thoughts provoking. He also encourages viewers to get the conversation going using the hashtag #TanzaniaMpya. Here is the video;
AY is without a doubt one of the smartest “kids on the block” as far as music in Tanzania is concerned. Of course he is not a “kid” but a grown up man who knows how to set the stage and have people dancing to the tune. You can read all about his journey to where he is in this article that I also used to revisit and re-release one of the best stuff from him.
After releasing a collaborative song Touch Me with one of global superstars, Kingston, towards the end of last year [You can watch the video here], AY is now putting his best jump suit and asking you to get ready for yet another race. His latest single will be released on 2nd February. That means, the fire is already burning and you are asked to be ready. Mark that day…2nd February. That is my mother’s birthday by the way if I can also make the date personal…can I? Did I tell you the name of the new single? It’s Zigo!
If you haven’t paid attention to Yamoto Band, I’d seriously want you to change your stance or your mind. They are young kids but energetic and giving all they have to keep the jogs alive. Need me convince you more? Check this official video
I am not sure how relevant he remains, but we can all agree [or even disagree] that Mrisho Mpoto is hell of an artist. He also took spoken word artistry to the next level when he wrote a famous letter to his “Uncle”-Mjomba which was translated [at least in the streets] to be a jab to political leaders for doing less over less in a country full of resources.
We know that his stance has since then changed. He has publicly supported the ruling party with a recent publicly available call for support of Edward Lowassa who is widely expected to vie presidential candidacy via ruling party CCM.
All said and done, everyone is free to air their political opinions. What you don’t want [especially if you are an artist] is to be remembered for your political affiliations than your works of art. That would hurt anyone with common sense pillars attached to his/her forehead.
When we want to breath, Mrisho Mpoto is here once again to prove his authority to poems and spoken word. The title Njoo Uchukue [Come Take It]. This is what he does best. Listen
Her name isn’t mentioned a lot this year comparing to last year’s awards season. However, if you care about fashion, Lupita Nyong’o still got it. See how she rocked the before and after party dress during the SAG Awards this weekend. Some fashionistas have called this “genius”. What do you think?
Sometimes in October 2009, when very people were paying attention to Sheria Ngowi, I asked the reader of BC to WATCH HIM. I had that feeling…the gut feeling that he was going to go places. He showed all signs of knowing how to survive and succeed. He understood his status, carefully analyzed his market and of course in fashion, he followed the global trends closely.
By that time [if my brain can still comb out the tangles of the past] he was a young Tanzanian student in India. His brother, Haki Ngowi who was also in India had become a friend of mine through common relationship as bloggers. It’s Haki [who is now managing most of Sheria’s affairs] who encouraged Sheria to start putting his “stuff” online in this blog. I can’t be specific with what I saw in Sheria Ngowi then but whatever it was a good thing. Ya’ll can now agree, right?
Sheria Ngowi is now a household name in the world of fashion [and senses]. He is one of the few who can check [I have dressed Presidents]. This past weekend, Sheria was in Zambia not only to witness the inauguration of their new President, Edgar Lungu but also to dress and coordinate his style and outlook. The blue suit you see President Lungu wearing is Sheria Ngowi’s design and creativity.
Before moving beyond borders, Sheria got recognition from Tanzania’s President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. He has dressed him up as well. Tanzania’s political leaders such as Prime Minister Pinda and corporate executives are one of his clients.
Sheria has so far participated in many international fashion events including New York Fashion Week in USA and Mercedez Benz Fashion Week in South Africa. WELL DONE Sheria.
The Big Brother Africa Hotshots winner, is now richer than you think. What makes this story better is that he got richer without even spending his $300,000 USD that he was rewarded as the BBA winner. Here’s how
It turns out, Idris had a “boss” who is so generous [and wealthy] who has decided to give him a gift of a house! He revealed the above photos of him and the house on his Instagram account with a long message that read as below;
I have seen thousands of people through my life time, got helped and expected to do alot in return, broken and crushed with no one to pick me up. I have struggled from ground level with all sorts of sayings like “you will never make it” to where i am now. I have shaken millions of hands not knowing who has good intentions with me.
The world is for everyone who has a dream and a good will to it. The world is for all who want to change lives and make people smile. The world full of good hearted people is a dream. I stand today and say “my name is Idris Sultan and am not that special, that unique, that strong than most of you. I just dared to go for what i want, put my heart to it and here i am today.
This is just the beginning. You’re welcome to join.” Ghalib Said Mohammed you’re a man with a golden heart i will love to be like you in a blink of an eye. Thank you for my new house. #Godbless #Alhamdulillah #GSM #dream #achieve #dare #youCan #success
In an interview with one of the local radio stations, Idris has revealed that he is planning to move into his “new home” this weekend. The house is located in one of Dar-es-salaam’s upscale suburbs of Mbezi Beach.
In show business, things seem or have to seem to be “different”. It is one way to stay afloat and on top of the game. Create a buzz and let them talk about it. Being on the “news” isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless if you have to deploy the Olivia Pope machinery to keep things under control. However, do it smartly. Do it when you are ready to attract attention. Then do it in lots of fabulous fashion colors.
Vanessa Mdee and Jux has been the “trending item” lately. They haven’t said much. Vanessa even hanged up the phone on a popular “gossip cop” when she got asked. Her “Jux”, was a bit more casual but it turns out, some background noises could be used as evidence in some cases. Alicia Florick in The Good Wife could let Kalinda confirm it and then make Will proceed to Judge’s chamber.
Now that is your word against his. On the opposite side, photos (such as the one you see above) can speak louder. We have heard before that a single photo speaks a thousand words. No wonder there are lists of photos that changed the world.
Now take a moment. Look at the photo above. Do you remember the first time you actually held your “boo” hand in public? I mean when you grabbed a little comfort? It could be for great social and physical growth. You can deny it though that you felt something and it felt like you were wearing them bubble-gum-pink racing shoes. But did you feel shafts of electricity coursing through his/her veins? Talk about relaxed!
Here’s the deal; Vee Money swears there is nothing going on. Jux,as said above, wants to keep it charm and civil. He wants a totally new [or probably not so new] and refreshing approach. Straight from Paris. But…the world of secrecy almost doesn’t exist nowadays. Whoever gives you a key to your room could be armed with “weapons of social media destruction”…cameras, recorders aided with machineries such as WhatsApp [this s**t ain’t loyal]. You end up with fifteen sizzling shades of grey [not fifty]. You then become a dark wood in the journey of life. Who sold me? You ask yourself as you listen to a distant experience.
When I reached Vee for her comment, she had “no comment”. Wouldn’t you understand her? Now punch your lights out. Pack your bubble gum and go.