Over the weekend I had a good discussion with a long time friend of mine, Michael, on a variety of issues. It was one of those discussions that make you think, learn and admire the vision of a good friend. It was a 360 degree conversation that took a “world tour” of ideas, theories, news and of course a bit of hearsay. This friend of mine knows how much I love highlighting my country of birth, Tanzania, its people, culture, traditions and anything we can offer.
Michael understands that this site was established under that rationale. I want not only to create a space for ideas but also a place to reserve a piece of history. So as our coffee cups ran dry, he challenged me to start highlighting Tanzanians abroad who are holding important positions or playing an important role into shaping not only their future but also of our country, the United Republic Of Tanzania. We had talked about Tanzanian experts across the globe. I accepted the challenge. To start with I thought of “ladies first”. The name Amina Salum Ali caught my attention. I had recently saw her in the news with President Kikwete during his recent visit to the United States.
Amina Salum Ali is currently serving as the permanent representative of the African Union to the United States a position she has held since April 13, 2007. Ambassador Ali was born and raised on the Island of Zanzibar and educated in India, where in 1979 she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Two years later, she earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing.
On her role as AU representative in the US, Ambassador Ali speaks on behalf of the African Union and its member states to accelerate socio-economic integration of the continent, promote peace and stability, and build partnerships between African governments and all segments of civil society, in particular women and youth, as well as the private sector.
One of the major functions of her office is to support the African diplomatic corps in its efforts to consolidate and strengthen partnerships with both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government, as well as other federal agencies, the Bretton Woods institutions and the Organization of American States.
Before embarking on her current role, she was a long-serving Member of Parliament and has held various ministerial positions in the Tanzanian government. Her most recent position before moving to the US was minister of state in the office of the chief minister in Zanzibar.
Ambassador Ali also served as a board member of various institutions such as the Tanzania Telecommunication Company and Mzumbe University in Morogoro. In addition, she established various capacity-building institutions including the Institution of Finance Administration and the Presidential Fund for Self- Reliance.
As the African Union’s first woman ambassador, Ambassador Ali is also committed to promoting women’s rights and children’s issues. She is also the founder of Zanzibar Women Welfare Trust, an NGO that supports the development of women and children to combat devastating health issues like HIV/AIDS.
Her modeling resume keeps flying high like a kite on a sunny and windy summer day. I am talking about Flaviana Matata a Tanzanian born model based in New York. Her latest work is for Italian professional cosmetics brand Kiko Milano. The new campaign is titled Modern Tribe. Alongside other beauties, Flaviana stuns. Here is an image from Modern Tribes campaign.
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!
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