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.
Tanzanian soccer star, Mbwana Samatta, who plays for TP Mazembe, is on the verge of becoming the first Tanzanian to play in UEFA Champions League if all goes well for him to join CSKA Moscow of Russia.
Samattta, has already passed the first phase of his trial-outs with Moscow’s club and reports says his deal may be finalized in the next two or three days. He is currently still training with CSKA in Campoamor, Spain where they have set their training camp. In Moscow,CSKA is currently in second position behind Zenit which leads with 41 points. CSKA has 34 points.
Mbwana who joined TP Mazembe in 2011 from Dar-es-salaam based Simba Sports Club at $150,000 is expected to earn Mazembe and its owner Moise Katumbi [and Simba] a significant return if he joins CSKA. He is said to be eyed by a Spanish club Atletico Madrid which also has stars such as Fernando Torres, Mandzukic and Koke.
The 64th edition of Miss World beauty contest is less than a week away. It will be held on December 14,2014 at ExCeL London in London, England. Megan Young of the Philippines will crown her successor at the end of the event. 122 contestants from all over the world competed for the crown.
One of those contestants is Happiness Watimanywa. With a number of events already taken place, Happiness hasn’t been doing that bad. She is not among top contenders yet but that shouldn’t discourage anyone. She may climb the ladder.
Happiness has done well in the Charity Gala. She can do better with your help. Your vote is important. Visit www.missworld.com to learn more. See below some videos from Happiness reminding you how you can help her win or signify Tanzania’s participation at the global stage.
Tanzanian former beauty queen turned TV personality,actress and artist,Jokate Mwegelo is up for a new challenge of her always sprawling career moves as she is set to come together with Uganda’s first representative to Big Brother Africa 2003 Gaetano Kagwa for a TV show called Beat The Challenge which will air on Maisha Magic, DSTV.
The show will be about 12 families from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The auditions for both countries will be on 22nd this November, Tanzania auditions will be at New Africa Hotel, Kenya at Supersport Studios and Uganda at Silver Springs Hotel.
The show will debut on 13th December. On the other hand Jokate who is also Channel O’s Top Ten Most and TV1’s The Show presenter.Sky is the limit.Keep going girl!
Be humble, but with an enormous, positive ego. Follow the rules for the survival of the richest. Never stop dreaming and going after your goals no matter how tall or far they seems to be.
Those were my thoughts after I hanged up the phone from a recent conversation with AY. I had got in touch with him for a briefing about his on-going projects in the US. Now if you have been following the East African news trends, you not only knew that T.I was in Dar-es-salaam for Serengeti Fiesta over the weekend but you must have also heard about AY’s being busy shooting videos in LA with Sean Kingston and Ms Triniti among other things…
For almost a year or so, AY has been talking about his international goals with US based artists. He talked about it to the point; some people thought may be it was a wishful thinking. No, it wasn’t. AY is without a doubt deserving credits for showing a way to fellow artists that crossing oceans isn’t just attainable by marines but also ideas, works and initiatives. So when talking about “projects”, he not only means it, he also knows what he is talking about.
In the past week, AY has been canvassing the streets of Los Angeles, California shooting those two videos mostly done in the Hollywood Hills area. The first video is for the song “It’s Going Down” feat Ms Triniti & Lamyia that was released one month ago. You can listen or get the song here if you never got it.
According to AY, these videos are set for release in November. However, AY likes a little surprise for his fans. He asked me to keep the name of the project with Sean Kingston in the books for now.
While in the US, AY is also trying to establish links with other artists including hip-hop group YMCMB, led by rapper Rick Ross, to continue probably what was left two years ago when the two shared a stage during the annual Serengeti Fiesta Concert. The sky is the limit…keep going man!
After a long wait with streets and community circles full of anticipatory adrenaline, BC can exclusively confirm the good news. Diamond Platinumz, the 2014 BET Awards nominee and currently international flag bearer of Bongo Fleva genre is set and fired up for his first concerts on Canadian soil in Toronto on SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2014 and Montreal on SUNDAY, 28th SEPTEMBER 2014. You are therefore allowed to feel even a little bit aggressive, overly excited and up on your toes. Why not?
What makes this concert very unique is that DIAMOND PLATINUMZ will not hit the stage alone. He will be accompanied by his Wasafi Dancers. That doesn’t close the chapter. Alongside Diamond, some of Africa’s greatest performers, JOSE CHAMELEONE [Uganda], Dr. CLAUDE [Burundi], KIDUM [Kenya/Burundi] and KNOWLES [Rwanda] will share the same stage.
The Toronto Concert will take place at the Danforth Music Hall located at 147 Danforth Avenue East with doors opening at 5pm with the buzzing entertainment all the way till 11:30pm. The Montreal concert will be hosted at the historical Le Petit Olympia located at 1004 Catherine Est.
In charge of MC’ing will be MC Bonde one of the well respected MCs from G 98.7 FM. DJ Mahito and DJ Puff from New York City will be on machines to give you an increase in heartbeat and rate of respiration with nothing but great music.
This concert is sponsored by AfroNation 2014 and it will be a great opportunity to celebrate and promote African culture, music and appreciation of African artists as well as encouraging wide participation of a diverse community and the promotion of multiculturalism. You can’t miss this one!
For Tickets And More Information Please contact
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Toronto/ Montréal – 647-669-9465
Toronto/ Montréal – 647-518-6920
Toronto/ Montréal – 647-831-6724
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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.
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]