Ingawa dhana ya “ubunifu wa mitindo” bado haijatapakaa sana nchini Tanzania,wapo wabunifu wa mitindo ambao kila kukicha wanazidi kuitambulisha sanaa hii kwa watanzania walio wengi kwa namna mbalimbali. Mmojawapo ya wabunifu hao wa mitindo ni Khadija Saad Mwanamboka. Akiwa na umri wa miaka 30 tu ameshajijengea jina miongoni mwa wabunifu wa mitindo nchini Tanzania.

Khadija akiwa na mtoto Hussein.Picha na Esther Mngodo.

Khadija haishii kwenye kutengeneza viwalo tu bali ni mmojawapo wa wale celebrities ambao wanaikumbuka jamii yao na hivyo kila mara kukuna vichwa ni jinsi gani wanaweza kusaidia kila inapowezekana. Hivi karibuni ameanzisha asasi isiyo ya kiserikali (NGO) inayoitwa TANZANIA MITINDO HOUSE. Asasi hiyo inalenga mambo makuu mawili; kwanza kuwasaidia wabunifu wa mitindo wenzake na pia wale chipukizi katika kutimiza ndoto zao za mahiri zaidi na hivyo kuzidi kuitangaza mitindo ya kutoka Tanzania duniani kote. Khadija anasema wapo watu wengi tu wanaotamani kuwa wabunifu wa mitindo lakini hawajui wafanyeje wala waanzie wapi. Anawakaribisha kuwasiliana naye.

Pili asasi hiyo inalenga katika kusaidia watoto yatima, walioathirika na ugonjwa wa Ukimwi na wale wasiojiweza aidha kutokana na umasikini au sababu nyinginezo. Kauli mbiu ya kampeni yake ameiita “Tanzanian Designs For Lives”.

Lakini Khadija mwenyewe ametokea wapi? Alianza vipi kazi zake za ubunifu wa mitindo? Ana ushauri gani kwa vijana wenzake? Ana ujumbe gani kwa watanzania kuhusiana na suala la mitindo ya kitanzania? Kwa hayo na mengi mengineyo BongoCelebrity tumefanya naye mahojiano yafuatayo;

BC: Khadija a lot of people are now familiar with your name and that you are a young but very talented fashion designer. However, there is a lot about your life that I’m sure a lot of people are not familiar with and they would like to know. Therefore can you tell us briefly about you? Where were you born, went to school and how you became a fashion designer?

KM: My name is Khadija Saad Mwanamboka. I was born 30 years ago. I went to Olympio Primary School for my primary school education before joining Shabaan Robert Secondary School for secondary education. I first started developing my interest in designing by designing my mom’s and my own clothes around 1994. In 1996 I had my first fashion show at Diamond Jubilee Hall where my designs were modeled by my friends. By then I was just showing my talent. I never thought that I was just starting to take fashion design as my career.

BC: You started designing at a very young age, since 1994, when you were just 18 years old. How did the idea of becoming a fashion designer come about? Did you take any formal training to become a fashion designer we know today?

KM: No, I do not have formal training in fashion designs. As I have mentioned above, I started designing due to the talent that I thought I have since my childhood and due to the my passion for fashion.

BC: Now that you have been in the fashion designing industry for over 10 years, what do you think is one most difficult but very necessary skill to acquire before embarking on a fashion designing career?

KM: In my opinion, I think you must first of all, “have it in you”. By saying that I mean you must have the talent, the eye and passion for fashion. The rest will follow with hard work, confidence and patience.

BC: How do you reflect on the styles of your designs for the past ten years? Have they changed? If yes how?

KM: Well, I have matured as a designer because for the past ten years, I have traveled more to different parts of the world and therefore have got a chance to see and feel different cultures which inspires my current designs. Therefore, there has been a change in terms of quality and styles of my designs.

BC: You have now done quite a lot of very successful shows. What has been the high point in your career, your moment of great pride?

KM: You are right, in the past 12 years of being a fashion designer; I have done a lot of designs and shows. However, I still treasure the design I did for Basila Mwanukuzi, which eventually enabled her to win the Miss Tanzania 1998 title. Actually, that is the night I decided to take fashion design as my lifelong career. It was a turning point in my career. I always thank Late Amina Mongi, Jimmy Kabwe, Basila and Ruge Mutahaba for giving me the opportunity.

BC: In most parts of the world, including Tanzania, fashion design or designer’s clothes are said to be very expensive and in most cases left only to the riches. Is this a myth or truth? And if it is a myth why do you think it exists?

KM: Designer clothes are expensive everywhere else but not in Tanzania. The industry is still very small; we can not charge high prices.

BC: What advice would you give for someone shopping, say mitumbani au dukani? What should they look for that marks good quality clothing in both style and tailoring?

KM: As a designer in Tanzania, it’s hard for me to advise anyone to buy mitumba. The reason is simple; I want people to wear Tanzanian made clothes so as to show our nationalism through fashion.

BC: There are many fashion designers now in Tanzania, so we can imagine the competition is a bit more than it used to be. Who do you consider to be your competition and how do you guys work together to make Tanzanians believe in home made designer’s clothes?

I feel great that now there are many designers. That means the industry will expand and develop more. I work with almost all of them. To me it’s more of a challenge than a competition. I am like their big sister now.

BC: If you could give any advice to young men and women out there who are pursuing a career like yours, what would it be?

KM: They need to believe in themselves. They must have faith in their talents, must be hard working, patient and above all they should always remember that nothing is impossible.

BC: If I was to ask your close friends about your “style”, what do you think they would say?

KM: Simple and elegant with a unique modern twist.

BC: We have noticed that some of the biggest stars in Tanzanian are dressed by you or put on your designs. Do they choose you or you choose them? And how important it is for you for someone to express your designing in general public?

KM: First of all I love music a lot and I befriend many artists something which makes it easy to work with them. Designing and music are two types of communication platforms that can be used to send message(s) to people in a very interesting and glamorous way. Therefore, it’s a two way traffic. Sometimes I choose them and sometimes they choose me. I love to see artists performing in my designs. Previously, I have dressed artists like Koffi Olomide and late Brenda Fassie during their tours in Tanzania.

Khadija akiwa na baadhi ya warembo na wanamitindo wa Tanzania.Picha na Raqey.

BC: Women are known to be fashion people than men. Do you agree? And we know that you do design for both. How close do you pay attention to men’s fashion and why?

KM: I don’t agree. There are a lot of men who love fashion and follow the fashion trends even more than women. Yes, I pay a lot of attention to men’s fashion because I also design men’s clothing.

BC: A lot, if not all, of our political leaders, business executives likes to wear suits, shirts, gowns etc made by foreign designers and imported. What message do you think they are sending to the people? Do you have any advice for them?

KM: Yes, they need to give us the opportunity to dress them. I believe fursa huleta mafanikio na maendeleo. They can really boost the fashion industry in Tanzania if they wear our designs more.

Mojawapo ya ubunifu wa Khadija Mwanamboka.

BC: Who are three worldwide fashion designers that you admire most and why?

KM: Armani for his quality and uniquiness, Dolce & Gabbana for their boldness and sexy designs and Calvin Klein for his simplicity and elegance.

BC: You’ve been participating in several beauty pageants as a judge or fashion designer. Many people would like to know, in judging what do the judges concentrate on mostly?

KM: Intelligence, personality and height.

BC: What’s the most amazing fashion show you’ve ever attended?

KM: Mustafa Hassanali’s Tigo Mama Africa fashion show.

BC: What’s your ultimate dream location for a fashion show? Where, how, when and why?

KM: In Mbudia Island next year.Inshalaah

Ubunifu wa Khadija Mwanamboka.

BC: As a designer, what do you think of the whole Internet phenomena, and do you feel it benefits you much?

KM: It’s very important, I learn a lot on the net.

BC: If you knew then (when you decided to go into fashion designing) what you know today, is there anything you would have done differently?

KM: I believe mistakes teach us. Therefore, I wouldn’t change a thing.

BC: Now let’s talk about the charitable/non governmental organization that you have recently established. Can you briefly tell us about it? What name have you given it, why?

KM: The name of the organization is Tanzania Mitindo House. I have called it that way to reflect its core activity. Mitindo is a Swahili word which simply means fashion. The aim of our organization is to promote Tanzanian fashion designers so that they can inflate their careers. However, helping the needy, orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS through organizing charitable events to benefit the people I have mentioned will be also one of our major activities. Therefore, from time to time we will be conducting fashion events whereby the proceeding goes into helping people in need especially children.

BC: What motivated or pushed you into establishing this kind of organization?

KM: I have always wanted to build a base for fashion and use our talents to better the lives of many Tanzanian children.

Khadija akiwa na watoto huko Mkuranga hivi karibuni Tanzania Mitindo House walipoenda kula chakula cha mchana na watoto hao na pia kupeleka misaada mbalimbali.

BC: If anyone wants to help or needs your assistance how can they do so or contact you?

KM: We are currently working on a website. Soon people will be able to access it, send their donations, share ideas etc. For now they can reach me using the email address vituvyakhadija at

BC: What do you like doing when you are not designing clothes or judging beauty pageants?

KM: Listening to music, reading magazines and books, hanging out with friends in a good restaurant.

BC: Is there anything that we have not asked you and you’d like to bring up?

KM: No you have covered every angle. Thank you. May be I would just like to tell Tanzanians to support Tanzania Mitindo House.

BC: Thank you very much for your time Khadija. We wish you all the best.

KM: Thank you. God bless Tanzanians.

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  1. Comment by Felista on September 10th, 2007 10:42 pm

    Hongera Khadija kwa kazi nzuri.Nakutakia kila la kheri.Nikiweza nitakuchangia siku moja.

  2. Comment by beutness on September 11th, 2007 3:04 am

    Tunashukuru, nashauri mahojiano yawe ya kiswahili kwa kuwa siyo wote wanaoingia kwenye hii blog wanajua kingereza.

  3. Comment by JAMHURI on September 11th, 2007 8:31 am



  4. Comment by Ally on September 11th, 2007 2:26 pm

    kweli watu wengi wanajua kiingereza na wengi hawajui kiingereza basi mngekuwa mnafanya mahojiano kiswahili au swanglish sio mbaya!big up khadija God bless u.

  5. Comment by Simon Kitururu on September 12th, 2007 10:26 am

    Samahani natoka nje ya topiki.Tembelea blogu ya JUMUWATA kuchangia, kukemea, kuondoa, kujenga muelekeo wa JUMUWATA.Dondoo za muelekeo zimepandishwa ukurasani:

  6. Comment by Dinah on September 12th, 2007 2:53 pm

    Safi sana Khadija, hii ndio mambo tunataka kuonakutoka kwa wale wachache waliofanikiwa na wenye majina makubwa ktk sekta yoyote iwe mitindo, muziki, filamu n.k.
    Natumaini na wengine watafuata mfano kutoka kwako nakutafuta mbinu ya kukomboa wale wengi ambao tumekwama kiuchumi kwa asilimia fulani.

    Hongera sana na kila lakheri ktk shughuli zako.

  7. Comment by francisca on October 2nd, 2007 7:03 am

    hi khadija,
    unajitahidi sana mwanadada!!!!
    am very happy 2 c dat unasaidia designers wenzako…
    2toe mtu wangu si unalewa kibongo bongo inavyokuwa….
    francisca shirima
    fashion designer.

  8. Comment by Netilopasa on October 15th, 2007 9:05 am
  9. Comment by massdui on November 2nd, 2007 1:04 am

    hi! khadija big up mtu wangu.

  10. Comment by amina on November 2nd, 2007 5:47 am

    wa bongo mna mambo ama kweli,mmemponda Richa eti kabacholi na sio mtanzania halisi ,na huyu je????

  11. Comment by Hamsa Ramadhani on November 6th, 2007 10:32 pm



  12. Comment by Rehema Kimara on November 6th, 2007 10:37 pm

    I agree with you Hamsa, It was John Mashaka, from the US who gave all the help for above mentioned project, to everybody’s suprise, no one in the interview has mentioned his name. It is quite unfair and disgusting. Good thing with him, he did not give help to get publicity. John You need to some back to Tanzania, and let your self be credited by the public. Otherwise God is going to reward you

  13. Comment by Matty on January 4th, 2008 5:57 am

    Hongeara kwa unayoyafanya mwanamke na maendeleo ila hata mimi nilishamsikia John kwani aliishia wapi??

  14. Comment by Rawala Rwabatuza on March 17th, 2008 9:10 pm

    Matty, safi na ni kweli….. hawa bila ya John Mashaka, wasingefika walipofikia sasa hivi. Nawaona kwenye maluninga kila siku, mashaka mwenyewe hatumuoni. Aliyetoa misaada katokomea wao ndo hivyo wanatesa

    Yule kijana urudi tanzania kila mwaka kutoa misaada kisha k

    Yaani tangu lini wanamitindo wakaingilia kuanzisha vituo vya mayatima, kama siyo unafiki huu…na kuwafanya hawa watoto kama vitega uchumi.

  15. Comment by binti-mzuri on May 12th, 2008 12:31 pm

    hongera sana dada wanamitindo wako ni wazuri hasa..hao kina joketi and flaviana

  16. Comment by Born Town on May 23rd, 2008 7:36 am

    John Mashaka anajifanya mjanja, naona hapa watoto watauni wamemuingiza mjini. Ni kweli misaada yote alitoa yeye pale mkuranga na katika vituo kadhaa vya mayatima.

    Hongera Khadija, usimwamshe aliyelala, ukajikuta unalala wewe, hapa Bongo akileta mfanyeje?

    Mwambieni akale polisi !

  17. Comment by Lillian on July 4th, 2008 12:52 am

    I really feel you dada Khadija, you are one talented woman.

    Please keep ever the spirit. I love the industry of designing…when time will allow will be in there…You are my role model in that.

    God Bless you!!!

  18. Comment by Fr@nk on July 15th, 2008 6:28 pm

    Ok i just wanna say Khadija the talent that god gave u i wish was mine because there is something that you see and make that other people can’t, but me khadija wanna tell you something that may be even that people never tell you before. Since 1st time i step ma eyes on your work i knew there is unique stuff going on in the making of your stuff,. i wear them, i show them to the audience so nobody will tell me i dont know abt that. u have been my boss, u have been my designer and have been your model. khadija god bless you and keep on rocking baby

  19. Comment by Majoy on August 26th, 2008 9:11 am

    Hongera kwa kuwajali wenye shida kama hasa hao mayatima Mungu wabariki wote mlioandaa project hiyo.

  20. Comment by JOKATE on October 20th, 2008 4:25 am

    for sure ur a girl who is so innovative ann far visioned.congrats 4such steps just carry on despite of what u r facing in ur journey.big up sana.

  21. Comment by first lady on December 4th, 2008 7:58 am

    huyo ni mtoto wa kimanyema, original from kigoma na hana mchezo inapokuja swala la kusaidia jamii au kufanya kazi.

  22. Comment by MARIA on February 16th, 2009 8:47 am


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  24. Comment by bongocelebrity on February 16th, 2009 2:42 pm

    Wasiliana nasi kwa kutumia e-mail bongocelebrity at gmail dot com nasi tutawafikishia Khadija na Hassanali ujumbe wako.Asante.

  25. Comment by Amina Machulo on March 19th, 2009 9:48 am

    Nimevutiwa na histroria ya Bi Khadija Mwanamboka. ..Mimi pia ni mmoja wa wana mitindo, na misheriki mashindano mbalimbali. niliktaka kujua zaidi juu ya hii asai Tanzania Mitindo House.

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  27. Comment by verdiana on May 19th, 2009 8:40 am

    big up Mwanamboka yaaani nasema upo juu sana, nakupa hongera kama mwanamke mwenzangu unanipa chachu hata namimi nihangaike.

  28. Comment by ESUPAT on July 1st, 2009 10:18 am

    thanks much!!!!!!

  29. Comment by CHAMMY on July 13th, 2009 7:46 am


  30. Comment by CHAMMY on July 13th, 2009 7:49 am


  31. Comment by KAMUGISHA on July 28th, 2009 12:00 pm

    i think this is so interesting. i never had a time to go through your things but this is quite promising and i can see even a brrighter future ahead. simply i do love it and i wish you all the best in your coming projects runing under TANZANIA MITINDO HOUSE.

  32. Comment by Ali on October 4th, 2009 5:54 am

    Bi Khadija are u single at a moment I mean you are not married

  33. Comment by jay on November 24th, 2009 7:53 am

    been wondering….kwa nini watu wengine wanafanyiwa interview kwa kiswahili and others in english wakati wote ni wa tanzania??? kuna tofauti gani kati ya hawa macelebrity wetu??? is there any secret behind dis…..i love khadija but i just cldnt go through her interview wid BC… coz twas in English…. na nyingine za kiswahili..wat am saying might not make sense at da moment but pls…thnk twice bout it….

  34. Comment by green planners on January 16th, 2010 4:21 am

    big work mother house we all put our hands up for you u take it to the world of adventures……..make it mama…..
    futher more how can i get your address both physical location & email?

  35. Comment by Edna Charles on April 3rd, 2010 9:06 am

    Hi dada, nimependa huduma yako ya kusaidia watoto yatima, na pia hata mitindo yako ni mizuri nimeipenda, na ningependa nitembelee show room yako.

  36. Comment by amsi pauline on June 6th, 2010 12:11 pm

    i real love you khadija, you my true hero, i wish i could help you with Tanzania Mitindo House, please help me to find contacts of amaiss khadija mwanamboka and mail these contact through my e-mail as shown,

  37. Comment by Polyne Karamagi on June 19th, 2010 3:30 pm

    Great work! You are the best!

  38. Comment by ANNA KAVIKULE on June 25th, 2010 9:13 am

    Hongera dada unafaa kuigwa

  39. Comment by happy mushi on August 20th, 2010 4:23 am

    congrat’s mama. you’are a good designer
    hope so you’ll reached so far
    well done!

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  41. Comment by fatma on October 4th, 2010 8:29 am

    hongera dada khadija kazi nzuri sana

  42. Comment by Emanuel Ludovick on December 27th, 2010 5:07 pm

    hey guys in here, i have a friend that has no direction to where she will take her desing, she is good at drawing desings but she has no where to take them. she already shown me a whole book of her drawing and there are awesome but how will i help her? please if you know a way to help her out here is my email

  43. Comment by bongocelebrity on December 28th, 2010 1:08 am

    Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comment.We suggest you contact TMH using the provided contacts.They might be able to help.Thanks

  44. Comment by Shangwe Yussuf on January 7th, 2011 5:10 am

    Hongera sana Khadija! Keep it up sis.

  45. Comment by Kepha wa Ukweli..............KIMARA on February 17th, 2011 8:44 pm

    hakika uu mzuri mama na kazi yako iko juu ila nakusihii endelea na moyo huo huo wa ukarimi mama……..

  46. Comment by Chezo Massa on February 25th, 2011 4:13 am

    Nimeangalia mitindo ya nguo za Hadija kwakweli yupo juu,ila atengeneze nguo za kina baba pia,nampenda.

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  48. Comment by leah on March 7th, 2011 7:50 am

    nyie watu hacheni uroho na wivu. hamjui khadija na mashaka wana uhusiano gano. hao ni marafiki wazuri sana, na wanafanya kazi pamoja. sasa nyie mnapochonga kama vile mnawafahamu sana mnakuwa kama malmbukeni fulani tu. grow up people

  49. Comment by teresia on March 9th, 2011 8:57 am

    realy inatia moyo good job dada

  50. Comment by NASSOR JANGWA on March 9th, 2011 11:26 am

    Hellow Khadija! I really appreciate your job! I started to hear your name very long time ago, you know i thought may be You’re a woman of old age! Kumbe its quit different You’re too young to sound like! Big up to your effort and i would like to encourage you, dont give up to assist others as you have started, keep on doing it! You’re real celebrity!

  51. Comment by Nesia karata on April 20th, 2011 4:25 pm

    hallow mom,am so proud of having a lovely Tanzanian woman like you, who has a kindly heart to support our young ones in all aspect of life.May almighty Allah bless you with wisdom in making wise decision, because we believe that ” a person with wisdom will make wise decision”.And you will always be good mama in taking care of your MITINDO HOUSE family.

  52. Comment by john jeremies on June 6th, 2011 6:19 am

    hi madam khadija kaz zako ziko poa nazipenda but ongeza juhudi ili ufike mbal zaid hapo kwani unaweza ku compete kimataifa.

  53. Comment by paul kamili on September 17th, 2011 3:50 am

    kiukweli we ni mkali!!!!!no comment napenda kuwa model wako***thenx

  54. Comment by aboukheir@yahoo.cim on December 8th, 2011 6:06 am

    umekuwa mfano unaostahili kuigwa na jamii japo unamengi ya kujifunza na kufundisha jamii husika. kim kheiry

  55. Comment by liz on January 31st, 2012 10:14 am

    hey sis congrts alot may God open the door more for you. i like to be a desgner but i don knw where to start but its ma talent so sis i need your help

  56. Comment by Polyne N. Karamagi on January 31st, 2012 7:09 pm

    You are simply the best Khadija! Love you and wish you all the best, always. Much love, XOXO

  57. Comment by susan on October 8th, 2012 4:01 pm

    i like fashion from my heart,help me to reach there

  58. Comment by susan on October 8th, 2012 4:07 pm

    Im Tanzanian young girl of 19 years of age from Kilimanjaro.I like fashion and I wish to be one of models in my country and outside boundaries.please call me using this numbers 0755337685

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  60. Comment by wilfred m silwimba on December 28th, 2014 2:53 pm

    napenda kazi yako ni kazi nzuri

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