I read somewhere that divorce is one among three things feared most by human beings. I guess you can get the rest. I can think of death right away. Even though they say it’s the sure way to heaven if you have done well on earth, the idea scares hell out of me.
I don’t want to suggest Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa got cold feet with the idea of a paperwork separating their affair, but I am sure it must have crossed their minds. Whether it was a motivator in their rumpling decision or not, it’s immaterial. They are back together and are said to be deep in love-again.
In the end, love has won. The two lovebirds are back together. The words pushing across each other have come to an end. He cheated. Amber doesn’t care. Not anymore. She loves her tattooed man and father to their child.
Theirs is a love story from Hollywood where divorces are equal to money exchange. Show biz can be an outright war. The wind blows you when there is no wind. It’s a strategy. You can be married tonight and be single the next morning. You don’t even have time to feel insulted. Life goes on. Call them confused and crazily furious. It’s black and yellow all over again!
Last week, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete spoke at Wilson Centre in Washington DC. He used that rare opportunity and honour to highlight some of his achievements and the challenges he has faced since he took office almost 10 years ago. It’s an interesting narration of how he sees things now as opposed to 10 years ago. It’s like he just got new reading glasses and they bear the tag HD.
With just couple of months to go before he handles the torch to the coming president, Kikwete also shared his views on critical issues such as governance, democracy, prospect for Africa’s development and many more. He also shared a bit of what he is planning to do when his title start bearing the word “retired”.
Of course with no clear evidence [at least to a common man’s perspective] of how his “Maisha Bora Kwa Kila Mtanzania” campaign platform in 2005 has come to realization, you can tell from his face he has a different story at heart. I guarantee you if he was to run the whole campaign all over again, the slogan would be different. It would be of a more sensible and practical nature. No wonder he “warned” folks aspiring to replace him that Ikulu is no wonderland.
But history has unusual way of judging people. He can bank on that as we wait for another Presidential candidate to utter political platitudes and comforting words that are meant for rallies and campaigns only. Politicians have a way around promises.
Here is the video of that occasion; Don’t forget to share
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.
I grew up listening to Charles Hillary. To me, and to everyone else, he was the master broadcaster. Back then TV was such a luxury item to some of us. You could count using one hand how many households had TV sets. Radio was enough to bring a whole street together. We didn’t even care as much that TVs were black and white mostly and Live matches on TV was a day dream where you wake up and can’t remember day or time.
Special days were when two rival teams; Yanga and Simba were playing. You wanted to listen to Charles Hillary and his crew “showing” you how the match was going through national broadcasting company Radio Tanzania Dar-es-salaam [RTD]. It was a little comfort we all could afford.
Now that he is going back to Tanzania after years abroad to join Azam TV, I’m excited on his behalf and fellow soccer fans. I wish him all the best. Here comes one of the finest.
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.
Here is the new video for the song Nashindwa from Christian Bella. You can download the song by following this link
In order to promote new African music talents, StarAfrica.com – Orange’s entertainment portal in Africa (http://www.starafrica.com) – is launching the fourth edition of the StarAfrica Sounds music contest. The 2014 edition was a great success with 88 candidates and more than 50,000 votes.
For this 4th edition, Marema, winner of the 2014 StarAfrica jury’s prize and of the 2014 “Prix Découvertes RFI”, will be the official sponsor of this edition.
A digital and participative competition:
From 31 March 2015 to 26 May 2015, the candidates (singers, groups, artists, musicians…) can register on StarAfrica.com, proposing an original song, representative of their musical style.
From 26 May 2015 to 7 July 2015, the public will be invited to vote for their favorite candidates on StarAfrica.com.
A jury composed of music professionals will designate the Jury Prize from all the candidates. The Jury Prize winner will be announced on StarAfrica.com on 10 July 2015.
The music title of the 10 winners of the competition will be part of the StarAfrica Sounds 2015 compilation. This year a remix contest, in partnership with Soonvibes, will be organized using the Public Prize and the Jury Prize winners’ songs. The winner will be rewarded as follows:
The winner of the Public Prize will be given coverage on StarAfrica.com and Deezer Africa and North Africa, an interview on Africa N°1, a Deezer 4 Artists certified account, six months free access to Deezer Premium+ and free distribution of 3 albums on Zimbalam.
The 2nd to 9th position winners of the Public Prize will be given a Deezer 4 Artists certified account, six months free access to Deezer Premium+ and free distribution of 3 albums on Zimbalam.
The Jury Prize winner will be given coverage on StarAfrica.com and Deezer Africa and North Africa, an interview on Africa N°1, a Deezer 4 Artists certified account, six months free access to Deezer Premium+ and free distribution of 3 albums on Zimbalam.
For more details about StarAfrica Sounds 2015, go to http://en.starafrica.com/music/starafrica-sounds-2015.
In Tanzania, Ray C is no longer the same “kiuno bila mfupa” artist we grew up admiring and dancing to her tunes. A lot has happened and for her they are all matters of public record. She has also been kind enough to share even the juiciest parts of her struggle for the benefit of others.
Although she is no longer anywhere near the A-list, her life story is an inspiration. Her well-documented [thanks to social media] struggles with drug addiction and weight and how she battles them is something worth anyone’s attention, prayers and support. She is a symbol of hope to anyone struggling with similar challenges.
No wonder folks at Kenya’s True Love magazine have tapped her to cover their April issue with an exclusive interview. Here is the cover.
Msanii wa kizazi kipya anayetamba na wimbo wa Chekecha Cheketua, Ali Saleh ‘Kiba’ (katikati) akielezea alivyojipanga kutoa burudani ya nguvu katika shoo yake ya Mwana Dar Live itakayofanyika Sikukuu ya Pasaka ndani ya Dar Live. Kulia ni MC Darada na Msaga Sumu (kushoto).
Mkurugenzi wa Kampuni ya Onpoint Solution ambao ni wakala wa promosheni wa Kinywaji cha Vita Malt, Bahati Sindi (katikati) akipozi na mwanamuziki Msaga Sumu (kulia) na Kiongozi wa Kundi la Sarakasi la Masai Warriors, MC Darada (kushoto).
If you’re into modelling and beauty pageants, you probably know very well that lately South Africa is now giving countries such as Venezuela, China, India etc a tough head-to-head competition in bringing out the most beautiful women on planet. They are reshaping circumstances you could argue.
Of course the above statement can line up well with you if you agree that winning Miss World could be used as leverage for the prestigious status. Just to give you an example or a friendly reminder; the current Miss World titleholder, Rolene Strauss, is South African.
Over the weekend, South Africa got their new beauty queen. Her name is Liesl Laurie, a 24 years old from Eldorado Park in Johannesburg. Liesl who has big shoes to wear if she is to follow Rolene’s path is a B.Com graduate from University Of Johanesburg (Soweto Campus)
As a winner she was awarded cash, a car and products valued at nearly R2 million. She also got R200,OOO for telecommunication company Cell C to spend on “random acts of kindness”.