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The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded center Hasheem Thabeet and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for a protected second-round draft pick in 2015 and a trade exception.

Sources briefed on the transaction said Tuesday that the Sixers will receive cash considerations to take on Thabeet’s contract.

The Sixers, sources said, are expected to immediately waive the former No. 2 overall pick, while Oklahoma City will create a trade exception worth $1.25 million by shipping Thabeet out without taking back any salary.

The deal was announced on Tuesday. The Thunder have a year to use the trade exception.

Thabeet, the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft out of UConn, has averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game over five seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Thunder.

Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 defensive specialist from Tanzania, played in 66 games in 2012 and averaged nearly a block per contest. His playing time was reduced last season when first-round pick Steven Adams emerged as the backup center.

Source: ESPN.

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Rosemary Kokuhilwa-Stylist Fashion Junkii

Fashion Stylist, Rosemary Kokuhilwa-Fashion Junkii

If you have ever paid close attention to any red carpet events, you might have noticed that no celebrity walks there alone. They usually have an “entourage”. There are PR people, security, managers etc.When you are a public figure, there is always some performance anxiety and elements of fear about what people would think. And of course in the world of fashion and glamor there are “fashion police”. No one wants to end up in the worst dressed lists. You’d rather be somewhere in the middle.

In the entourage, if you have noticed, there is someone with deep eyes that show the sensitivity of a scholar. A stylist. When a celebrity steps forward and get ready to have camera flashes lights act like they want to poke his/her faces, the stylist is looking direct with an odd mingling of wariness and amusement in his/her eyes. What you see on TV, Magazines, and Commercials etc in most cases is a final work of a stylist.

Rosemary Kokuhilwa also popular as Fashion Junkii, is one among the stylist we know and admire. Blessed with model looks and poise, she fell in love with everything  fashion and  glamor at a very young age. I think it is safe to say; fashion likes her back. I wanted to find out more about her and her career as a fashion stylist. I reached out and she was kind enough to grant me this exclusive interview. Read On…

BC: Welcome to BC Rosemary. I am not sure whether you like to be called Koku or Rose… How are you doing? 

RK: Thank you Bongo Celebrity. I am doing great.  I actually prefer Rosemary, Only people who are dear / close to my heart can call me Koku.

BC: I know very little about your background Koku. I am guessing your fans too. Can you share with me a bit about that? Birth; school… anything you want to share.

RK: There’s not much to say really or maybe I should say that I love to keep my life private that way it keeps people like you wondering what I’m really all about. But to keep it short, I was born in Bukoba, lived in Mwanza and Singida briefly then moved to Dar-es-Salaam where I grew up. I did my Primary school, O-levels and A- Levels there before I moved to the United States.

BC: When did you first fall in love with the world of fashion?

RK: At a very young age if I remember correctly.  I believe my parents’ sense of style had a major influence on my path. My fathers (who used to travel all around the world) style was a fusion between the 70′s and Bob Marley with his favorite Lee and Levis jeans.

My mother, on the other hand, would wear her favorite Lee denims; white crisp buttoned shirt, black stilettos and put her hair in a big Afro. She would then spray herself with Opium by YSL, her favorite perfume. It was her who made me discover designer Yves Saint Laurent at a young age (he came to be my favorite designer of all times).  I thought my mother was the most stylish woman on earth.

BC: How did you first start working as a stylist? What was your first styling job?

RK: Modeling in NY wasn’t working out for me. It’s a tough business, especially now; ask any model especially ones from Africa. It’s very hard to book a job. So because I wanted to stay in the same field of fashion, I decided to pursue styling. I have always loved the power of styling and the transformation it brings to the world of fashion. I love perusing through the fashion magazines where I get to admire and get inspired by other peoples work. I had a good eye then (and still do might I add), which helped a lot.

Also, what helped the most was my friends who reached out to me for fashion advise whenever they needed it. I was that girlfriend who stayed on the phone with a friend who was miles and miles away, helping her figure out what to wear to a first date or a big party in town. It was fun. That’s when it hit me that I needed to turn it into a career and get paid.My first styling job was for trade with BHF Magazine (I didn’t get paid for it). It was okay then because I needed a room to grow and get my name out there.

BC: Educate me a bit here; what is the difference between a stylist and a designer. What are the similarities [if any]

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Karibu katika mahojiano kamini kati ya Kwanza Production na NURU THE LIGHT.
Msanii, Mjasiriamali, Mtangazaji, Blogger na Mwanaharakati ambaye amekuwa mkarimu sana kujiunga nasi moja kwa moja kutoka Stockholm Sweden .Kazungumza mengi ikiwa ni pamoja na alivyoanza muziki.Kisha akagusia kuhusu onyesho lake la kwanza kabisa jukwaani.

Na kama nilivyokuja kumtambua, ni mtu mwenye misimamo na anayejitambua, utamsikia msimamo wake awapo studio
Nikataka kujua pia, nini anaona kama tatizo kubwa kwenye muziki wetu?
Haya ni machache kati ya mengi aliyozungumza nami
JIUNGE NASI

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Tanzania's Millionare, Reginald Mengi. His wealthy is estimated to be $550M

Tanzania’s Millionare, Reginald Mengi. His wealthy is estimated to be $550M

Few years ago,Forbes [an authority magazine on money,investments, wealthy etc] didn’t care much about wealthiest people in Africa. Their main reason was[and probably still is] it is hard to explain how the wealthiest in Africa obtained their wealthy. It is a dark continent…and probably everything is done in the dark. Of course that is not true. You know better. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa-Rodney…somewhere over the rainbow things happened!

Things have changed in recent years. When they changed, Tanzania came into spotlight not like a far fetched winter 2025 but as the steepest ski slope. Three businessmen including Reginald Mengi were noted among 50 Africa’s wealthiest. Others in the same list are Rostam Aziz and Mohamed Dewji[the youngest among them and certainly in Africa].

Now Mengi is covering Forbes Africa magazine July issue. From the front headlines, you can tell the man talks about his wealth but also the untapped or exploited wealth of Africa. The story of this man reminds me something. I once attended one of his seminars/events at Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar-es-salaam. He had gathered a group of youth for a day of awakening entrepreneurship spirit. I remember how he candidly spoke about how he and his first wife [unfortunately the marriage ended somewhere] used their own hands to fill in the ink into some of my favorite pens when I was growing up;Lasca. He comes from humble beginnings so to say.Get your copy of Forbes Africa Magazine…

You can read Mengi’s profile on Forbes by clicking here.

 

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Mafikizolo And Diamond Platinumz

It’s all about the love for music. Diamond Platinumz[far right] in studio with Mafikizolo who have tapped him for a collaboration.Coming Soon

Even though he didn’t take home an award from last weekend’s MTV Africa Music Awards, without a doubt, Diamond Platinumz made history and people noticed. He represented Tanzania pretty well. One of the folks that noticed or have been noticing Diamond’s works, is/are Mafikizolo, a popular South African group that took home a #MAMA award for Best Group. In case you don’t any of their work, here is Kohna Featuring Uhuru.

Mafikizolo didn’t want to just end up noticing Diamond’s work. They want to work with him.Before his return to Tanzania, they made sure they do something with him. They’re doing a collaboration. What surfaced are the images from studio. The details of the name of the song and the release date have been muted for now. Our efforts to reach Diamond to see whether he could drop to us a bit of “juicy” info went cold. Regardless, here are some images from their studio session in South Africa

Diamond recording with Mafikizolo

Go Coca Boy.It’s your time!

 

 

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If BC is your daily,weekly or even monthly online hangout, you must have noticed that we rarely air out birthdays shout outs. It’s not only hard to keep up with birthdays [probably not as hard as Keeping Up With The Kardashians] it goes on the same line with the fear of missing someone’s birthday only to realize that he/she is scheduled for our next interview. In the media, one of the painful things is to have your interview request turned down. You forgot their birthday and next day knocking at their door? Imagine…and please don’t cough now!

However, Flaviana deserves and has always had a special place for BongoCelebrity. Here is why; when the idea of BongoCelebrity was still in its very early stage, Flaviana was on her way to Mexico  City to represent Tanzania in Miss Universe beauty pageant. That was in May 2007. She didn’t win the top prize. But right after the event, the world started talking about a bald headed girl from Tanzania. She became media magnet. Everyone wanted to interview her.

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As I mentioned, BC was new and almost non-existing. I approached Maria Sarungi who is Flaviana’s mentor and manager at that time. My friend Issa Michuzi must have helped with those connections. Flaviana granted us our very first interview. You can just imagine how much of a boost that was. From there it was easier to approach other celebrities and dignitaries. She gave us a good starting point and for that we are always humbled and appreciative.

With a bit explanation of that special relationship we have with Flaviana…Here at BC We Wish You A Very Happy Birthday. Enjoy This And Many More To Come.

You can read our very first Interview with Flaviana Matata By Clicking This Link

 

 

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Fashion Designer Linda Bezuidenhout to be honored as “Fashion Designer of the Year” at the 4th WOW GLOBAL SUMMIT http://wowglobalsummit.com/ which will be held at the elegant Château Élan Winery & Resort – May 30th to 31st 2014. http://www.chateauelan.com/

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The WOW Global Women Mentoring and Philanthropy Summit is the brain child of Women Of Wealth Magazine. http://www.womenofwealthmagazine.com/ .It was created for the purpose of connecting women around the world with each other. It is a platform where women in business can meet wealthy women with influence and assets that are willing to meet; consult; coach; mentor and sponsor women who are on the cutting edge of success but without proper resources to enable them to turn the corner. WOW Global Women Summit is a platform where women from all over the world come into Atlanta yearly to meet, connect, play, share knowledge and resources

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Linda Bezuidenhout (LB) is a fashion designer who is originally from Tanzania and is now based in Atlanta, USA. The LB Line is for the modern, elegant, confident and fashion forward woman who wants to have a unique look.

 

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Taste of Tanzania by Miriam Kinunda.      Staff Photo By PAUL STEPHEN/StarNews

Few weeks ago [it could be a month or so], I was lucky enough to be one of the selected individuals to receive a copy of a fantastic book by Miriam Kinunda titled Taste Of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes For The West.

 

As the title suggests, this is a cookbook or in other words a how-to cookbook. I thought, to read the book and write my review basing on contents, colors, fonts and images alone wouldn’t be a fair shot to myself or you [my readers]. I decided to read it first [have read it page to page] and try some of the suggested recipes. That explains my delay in writing this review.

 

As I was going through the pages, I couldn’t stop thinking of just how brilliant the idea for writing this book was/is. To the best of my knowledge, very few cookbooks have been written on what can be called Swahili Cuisine especially with practical and easy to follow recipes as this one. The few that are in bookshelves and libraries were either not well marketed or they were written specifically for academics or simple tourism purposes and therefore didn’t get a glimpse of a larger audience. Miriam’s book, although written for the west audiences, I believe anyone can relate to it regardless of where they are or coming from.

 

The end results of what I am trying to say is; even though Swahili Cuisine could be one of the richest [in terms of variety and inter-mingling of cultures] it shamefully still takes a back seat among globally acclaimed cuisines. Taste Of Tanzania is set to change and challenge the status quo.

 

To achieve that goal and truly put Swahili Recipes on the map, Miriam cleverly uses simplest instructions accompanied with beautiful images to give you an idea about what you should expect if you follow her instructions.

 

As I mentioned above, I have put almost half of the recipes featured in this book on test. Great news is; they worked 95% of time. By the way I can’t even call myself a below average chef and don’t even let me start to tell you how rebellious I can become when it comes to following instructions.

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Wakati wa kuelekea mwisho wa mwaka jana, mitandao ya kijamii ilikuwa na gumzo la kitu kinachoitwa PUKU. Kusema ukweli sikuchukulia sana maanani. Ukiachilia mbali ukweli kwamba huwa sipendi kudandia magari kwa mbele kwa hofu ya kupoteza uhai, miezi ya mwisho wa mwaka huwa yenye pilika nyingi kwangu kupita kiasi.

 

Miezi kadhaa baadae, nimefanikiwa kutulia, kutuliza akili na kutumia PUKU. Kinachonipa faraja kuandika ninachoandika sio tu kwamba sasa naweza kuwa na uhakika zaidi wa kuwa na simu na vifaa vyangu vingine vyenye chaji ya kutosha, bali kifaa hiki ambacho kinagombaniwa katika masoko ya vifaa vya kisasa vya kieletroniki kimebuniwa na kusimamiwa na mtanzania, kijana mwenzetu Meck Khalfan Mbwana.

 

Kabla sijaenda mbali zaidi naomba nikuulize, ni mara ngapi imeshakutokea ukajikuta una simu mfukoni ambayo ilishazimika muda mrefu uliopita bila wewe mwenyewe kufahamu kutokana na kuishiwa chaji? Mimi binafsi nikianza kuhesabu idadi ya siku ambazo simu yangu au vifaa vyangu vingine vidogo vidogo vinavyotumia umeme vilipoishiwa chaji[umeme] naweza kukesha hapa.

 

Mbaya zaidi,mara nyingi vifaa hivi[hususani simu] huishiwa chaji pale ambapo unaihitaji zaidi. Pale ambapo simu muhimu uliyokuwa unaisubiri ndio inaita,ghafla simu yako inakupa ishara kwamba huna hata zaidi ya dakika 2 za maongezi. Itakatika. Pale ambapo unataka kupata maelekezo ya jinsi ya kufika unapokwenda ghafla huna tena mawasiliano. Hasira na jasho jembamba linaanza kukutiririka. Umepotea.

 

Naamini hata wewe msomaji imeshakutokea mara nyingi. Na katika nchi zetu ambazo upatikanaji wa umeme wa uhakika bado ni tatizo,kero ya kuishiwa na chaji ni kubwa na ya mara kwa mara zaidi. Ni tatizo la kudumu

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Ingawa mazingira ninayoyaelezea hapo juu ni ya wazi kuonyesha umuhimu wa kuwa na umeme wa uhakika, ukweli ni kwamba kuishiwa kwa chaji kwenye simu au vifaa vingine vya kielektroniki kunaweza kutokea mahali popote. Hicho ndicho kilimchomkuta Meck Khalfan Mbwana, mtanzania anayeishi nchi Marekani na ambaye hivi sasa anatambulika kama mgunduzi au mtatuzi wa matatizo ya kuishiwa na chaji kwa kutumia kifaa ambacho yeye na mgunduzi mwenzake wamekipa jina la PUKU.

 

Wakati wa kimbunga kikali kilichoitwa Sandy mwezi Oktoba mwaka 2012, Meck K.Mbwana alikuwa miongoni mwa mamilioni ya wakazi wa majimbo ya New York na New Jersey nchini Marekani waliojikuta hawana umeme na kwa siku kadhaa. Mbaya zaidi, kwa mujibu wa maelezo yake Bw.Khalfan, ndio kwanza yeye na mkewe walikuwa wamebarikiwa kupata mtoto miezi miwili iliyokuwa imepita.

 

Mahangaiko na bugudha alizozipata zilizaa fikra na ubunifu uliozaa PUKU. Sasa PUKU sio kifaa cha kwanza katika masoko ya vifaa vya kuhifadhia chaji. Kinachokifanya PUKU kiwe tofauti ni umaridadi na uwezo au nguvu kupita takribani vifaa vingine vyote vilivyopo katika masoko.

 

Mtizame  Meck hapo chini akihojiwa kuhusu PUKU. Ukishamaliza bila shaka utakuwa na kila sababu ya kujipatia PUKU. Pia PUKU ni zawadi nzuri kwa yeyote unayemjali. Isitoshe PUKU inaweza kwa kiasi kikubwa kukupunguzia usumbufu unaoupata pindi TAN…wanapokwapua umeme wao. Bonyeza hapa

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SporahTopSporah Njau-The Host

To a large extent, and for all the right reasons, we all have dreams and aspirations. We are constantly encouraged to dare, dream big and seize any great opportunity that jot in our lives. Dreaming and acting on our dreams or opportunities is only sure way for the complete circle of manifestation.

A few years ago, a young lady from Northern Tanzania, a student/ immigrant in the United Kingdom, saw an opportunity and decided it was time to manifest her passion that was hidden within like a yolk in an eggshell. Her inquisitive mind and positive attitude walked her through. She dumped her own doubts and of her doubters and put her boots on. It was time to prove that with a dream and aspirations, success begins with a great idea.

As a result, we now have The Sporah Show. It’s a newer and comfortable home for people of color in the United Kingdom, on a globally televised Talk Show. It’s her place and our place to share views and ideas. Place to make things happen-for the better. If you want to turn your unproductive hours into time well spent, you are encouraged to tune in to The Sporah Show.

I recently caught up with Sporah Njau [founder and host The Sporah Show] for this candid interview;

BC: Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview with me. How are you doing?

 

SN: I am doing pretty good Jeff. Thanks for having me.

BC: Let’s start with a bit of history… your history. Where were you born and where did you grow up?

SN: I am a ‘God Fearing ‘Christian; I was born in Arusha to a middle class family. Coming from a humble background, I grew up believing that education is very important because it helps to shape life positively; I attended my primary level in Arusha and O level in Dar es Salaam. Then I went to Kampala for my A level and after that I moved to London, England where I graduated with BA at London Metropolitan University.

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