PEOPLE SAY ‘SIGNIFICANCE IS ALL ABOUT SWAG '..... SEIF KABELELE BLOG PHILOSOPHY SAYS ‘SIGNIFICANCE IS ALL ABOUT PERSONALITY OF INFLUENCE’ ….. DISCOVER THE 13 MEN AND WOMEN WITH MOST POWER OF INFLUENCE IN TANZANIA

 Ambwene Allen Yessayah, well-known by his stage name AY, is a Tanzanian Bongo flava musician. In 2001 A.Y released his first solo album ‘Raha Kamili’. The first single off the album ‘Raha Tu’(Pure Joy) was a huge success and topped the charts both on radio and T.V. and introduced A.Y. into the Tanzanian music scene. In 2005 A.Y. released his second album ‘Hisia Zangu’ (my feelings) and the first single ‘Yule’ (That one) topped the charts. The album included various collaborations with top East African Artistes like Prezzo,Tattuu and Deux Vultures(Kenyan Artistes),Maurice Kirya(Ugandan Artiste).This gave A.Y. more appeal and recognition in East Africa. The second single off the album ‘Binadamu’ (Human Beings) was a huge hit in East Africa and was nominated for a Kora Award making A.Y. the first Tanzanian male artiste to be nominated for the award. After the release of the second album AY’s popularity increased in East Africa and established him as a top artiste in the region. He has collected several prestigious awards throughout his career too, having amassed 18 awards to date, including a 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards in the Most Gifted Best East African video category
MARIA SARUNGI TSEHAI Producer/Director of Compass Communications - an independent production house in Tanzania, communication expert,National Director of Miss Universe Tanzania. Dynamic, #TeamSagittarius, loads of fun and eternal optimist.. survived in Tanzania as independent producer for over 10 years.. I dare you to try!
Hasheem Thabeet (born Hashim Thabit Manka on February 16, 1987) is a Tanzanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. At 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m), Thabeet is the tallest active player in theNBA. He was drafted as the 2nd pick overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 NBA Draft after playing with theConnecticut Huskies. Thabeet was the tallest player ever to play for the Huskies. He did not begin to play basketball until the age of 15, when he began to watch pickup games in Tanzania. When first recruited from Tanzania, Thabeet was fluent in Swahili and French but knew little English.
2006-007
As a freshman, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 blocks per game. On December 3, 2006, Thabeet tied a UConn record with 10blocks. Thabeet was named to the 2007 All-Big East Rookie Team, along with teammate Jerome Dyson.
2007-2008
As a sophomore he saw increased minutes and he averaged 10.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.5 blocks on the season. On January 5, 2008, he tied his career high in blocks with 10 in the Huskies' 73-67 loss at University of Notre Dame. Thabeet was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and to the Second Team All Big East.
2008-2009
As a junior at UConn, Thabeet emerged on the national scene, averaging 13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. He earned his first career triple-double against Providence College on January 31, 2009, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. He finished with 152 blocks on the season, and he was known for the shots he prevented from ever being taken.
He was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was co-Big East Player of the Year with Pitt's DeJuan Blair. He was named Second Team All-America and National Defensive Player of the Year.
Thabeet surpassed the 1,000-point mark against Purdue on March 26, 2009. He was the third UConn player that season to do so (Jerome Dyson and A. J. Price were the others). Thabeet helped lead UConn to their first Final Four appearance since 2004.
In April 2009, Thabeet decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the 2009 NBA Draft. He was drafted 2nd overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. He became the first Tanzanian born NBA player.

Susan Mashibe is Founder, Owner and Executive Director of VIA Aviation, formerly known as Tanzanite Jet Centre (TanJet). An avid aviator and entrepreneur, she built her business to serve private aviation needs in three countries across the African continent. Mashibe became the first female FAA-certified commercial pilot and aircraft maintenance engineer in Tanzania. She is a Tanzania Country Chair for Global Dignity and the Africa Regional Lead for the National Business Aviation Association. Mashibe holds a degree from Western Michigan University.
Born in January 28, 1974, January obtained his primary education from various schools across Tanzania, completing his studies at Masiwani Primary School in Tanga. He did his O-level secondary school in Handeni and at Galanos in Tanga. He further pursued his A-levels at Forest Hills in Morogoro.
January never imagined himself pursuing a political career. As a young secondary school student he aspired to be a doctor or perhaps engage in a career in business. This all changed during a gap year before university when he spent time in Kigoma, in the northwest of Tanzania. The year was 1994 and the Rwandan genocide was at its most murderous phase, forcing a huge influx of refugees into Tanzania. While in Kigoma, January got a job in the refugee camps, first as a Registration Clerk and later as an Assistant Camp Manager for the second biggest camp in Kigoma with 120,000 refugees, known to its residents as Mtabila II. Witnessing the extraordinary daily suffering of human beings in the camps left an indelible mark on the young January, and from then on he made a promise to himself that he will dedicate his life to conflict resolution, to ensure that such untold suffering never happens again.
With that in mind, January attended St. John’s University, a small catholic school in Minnesota, USA, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. As a sophomore, he won the Upper Midwest International Human Rights Fellowship organized by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. The fellowship funded his internship and research on refugees’ protection at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Field Office in Kasulu, Kigoma. After graduating in 2000, he became a Research Assistant at the Carter Center, an institute founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and housing the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, out of Atlanta, Georgia. As part of the fellowship, in 2002 he spent time in Sierra Leone with the election monitoring team, an experience that deepened his desire to understand issues of democracy and governance and the nature of war and the pursuit of peace.
After completing his assignment at the Carter Center, he enrolled for a Master of Science degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Virginia. After graduating in 2004, January returned to Tanzania and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a Foreign Service Officer (Grade II), where he teamed up with then Foreign Minister Jakaya Kikwete. He worked closely with him in the regional peace negotiations that Tanzania was involved in at the time. After the latter ran for president in 2005, January joined him on the campaign trail, traveling with the candidate to every district in the country. The experience made January realize that perhaps public service was his calling and when candidate Jakaya Kikwete was elected President, January joined him at State House as one of his appointed senior aides and speechwriter.
In that capacity, January has also occasionally acted as a personal envoy of the President to various sections of the society, particularly the urban youth. As aide to the President, he has attended Cabinet meetings, as well as National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings, the top decision making body of the ruling party CCM as an observer. He has widely traveled, inside the country and globally, along the way gaining knowledge on leadership, development plans and policy making, as well as in national and international politics.
Millen Happiness Magese is a world-renown fashion model and humble humanitarian.  When she’s not rocking the runways in Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa, the former Miss Tanzania can often be found lending her time, talents, and high energy to making a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate through her significant contributions to charities such as the Tanzania Education Trust, African Rainforest Conservancy, and the MacDella Cooper Foundation.
As a model, Ms. Magese is currently signed with Ford Models in NY, NY and Ice Model Management in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pick up any fashion magazine over the last several years and you are likely to see her as she has collaborated with many of the world’s top designers and brands including Ralph Lauren, Karen Millen, Alphadi, African Mosiaque, David Tlale, Gavin Rajah, Sun Goddess, Stoned Cherrie, Thula Sindi , Malcolm Kluk , Suzan hen, Heni, Clive, Laquan Smith, Tarun Talhian, Priscilla, Deola Segoe, Tiffany Amber, Korto Momulu just to name few. She has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Ladybrielle, JCK (Ny), Uzuri, Bang, and Sawubona magazines and has been the subject of editorial features in Essence, True Love, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Opra, Marie Clare, Style, Glamour, and Wanted.
In addition to her work in print, Ms. Magese has appeared on CNN and acted in Television commercials for big brands such as Coke Light, JC Le Roux, Allan Grey, Guinness Milk Stout, Edgars, and Vodacom. Her appearance on “Deal or No Deal” sealed her popularity around Africa.
Ms. Magese’s work has brought her all over the world including: Milan, Hong Kong, Germany, Norway, China, New York, Paris, Spain, India, and most of the African continent. But for all of her professional talent and resulting accomplishments, helping others has always been what Millen Happiness Magese loves to do the most. This is strikingly evident throughout her career as she has involved herself deeply with various charities all over the world.
“Giving back is one of my favorite things to do because it comes straight from my heart and I feel fulfilled when am able to help others who are less fortunate than myself. Although I normally don’t talk about it, I think it’s more important to show it in action and not in words,” states the soft-spoken Ms. Magese.
Whether in the front of the camera, behind the camera or next to the camera, Ms. Magese proves that true beauty comes from the inside and has much more to do with serving others than being in the limelight. While all the attention is flattering, Ms. Magese believes the runway should be used as a platform to do good in the world.
To this end, Ms. Magese has begun to work in earnest towards establishing her own charity modeled after that of her many mentors. Millen Magese’s mission is to provide assistance to charitable organizations whose work is specifically focused in Tanzania especially causes that benefit women, children, and primary education. Her long-term plan is to build schools for children in rural areas as she believes a good education is a key to life.
In the short term, Ms. Magese will express her love for Tanzanian and African fashion by holding an event at the Tanzania International Fashion Expose to market Tanzania’s tourist attractions, designers and models both inside and outside Africa. Proceeds from the event will be fully dedicated to the   charities she works with. It is also her intention to put on the same events in New York and South Africa, all to support her mission in Tanzania.
Patrick Ngowi is a younger entrepreneur with the dream of harnessing the power of the sun to propel his nation forward. He launched Helvetic Solar Contractors with “humble beginnings” at the tender age of 22 and in just five years expanded it into the renewable energy solution provider of choice for the Tanzanian government and international clients, including the United Nations. Helvetic was also named the number one company in Tanzania’s Top 100 mid-sized companies of 2012.. READ MORE ON http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2013/08/01/the-young-african-millionaire-lighting-up-tanzania/
Ummy Ally MwaLimu is a Tanzanian CCM politician and a special seat Member of Parliament since 2010. She is the current Deputy Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children

Mohammed Dewji was born on the 08 th of May, 1975 in Singida. He is the seond child of Mr and Mrs Gulam Dewji and has five other siblings.Mo received his primary education in Arusha at the Arusha Primary School and finished his secondary education from the International School of Tanganyika (IST) in Dar Es Salam. In 1992 his parents decided to send him to America for his High School years and he was admitted to the Saddle Brooke High School in New Jersey.

It was at High School that Mo first started exhibiting signs of leadership by becoming the School President. Being a Tanzanian and holding such position in a foreign land made his family very proud. He was also voted as the Most Accomplished student at the time and it is notable to mention here that his school mate Jeniffer Capriati a very famous U.S tennis player won the same vote in the women's section.After finishing his high school studies Mo continued with his university education in USA and joined one of the renowned university, Georgetown University in Washington D.C majoring in International Business and Finance and taking Theology as a minor subject.
Georgetown University is famous for its good education. Notable alumni of the University include 42nd U.S President Bill Clinton, Philippines president Gloria Arroyo, Jordan's King Abdullah and NBA players like Allen Iverson and Patrick Ewing

During his time at Georgetown, Mo started to analyze his life,.He was trying to balance the Western way of life with his native African way of living. He thought that much more could be done for his countrymen through some very basic changes and way of running things. He started to focus and prioritize what he wanted to gain from his education and experience in America. After Graduation in 1998 Mo headed straight back to Tanzania and joined the family business. He became Chief Financial Controller at Mohammed Enterprises Tanzanian Limited (METL).

Apart from joining Business Mo also started expanded his social activities by becoming sponsoring company of The Simba Sports club of Dar Es Salaam.

In 2000 Tanzania hosted its second multiparty elections' stood in those elections for his home constituency Singida as a member of parliament. He won the preliminary votes in CCM (ruling party) with overwhelming majority, but the joy was short lived as he was not nominated to contest for the seat by the party on grounds that he was too young. (He was just 25 on that time).

Despite the decision of the party Mo did not loose hope and he did his level best to campaign for the candidate chosen by the party and made sure the party's interest are given priority over his own ambition.
After the elections Mo continued many activities to help the people of Singida's and also spent his time and investment in various sports ventures. He increased his sponsorship deals with Dar Es Salaam outfit Simba Sports Club and spent more than 100 millions Tanzanians shillings given per year on the club.

In 2001 Mo decided to marry his childhood sweetheart Saira whom he knew since his school years at the International School of Tanganyika. Mo and Saira are blessed with two beautiful children Naila and Abbas.

Two years after marriage Mo finally took full control of his company Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (METL) and became the Managing Director.
During his tenure the company has grown eight folds and diversified in many sectors like Agriculture, Finance, Distribution and Manufacturing.

Statistics shows that companies under METL are contributing an aggregate 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Tanzania and also employing 20,000 people.
Tanzania held its third multi party elections in 2005 and Mo stood for the parliamentary seat again and this time he won a landslide victory in preliminary votes and got chosen by the CCM party to stand as a candidate. In the general election he won and overwhelming majority of 90 percent of the total votes and was sworn in as a member of parliament on the 29 th of December 2005 Mohammed Dewji

Mo and sports have gone hand in hand ever since he was a child and he always kept his passion for football alive. When President Kikwete was sworn in 2005 as the fourth phase president of United Republic of Tanzania he brought back the excitement and enthusiasm to Tanzanian football team (Taifa Stars) fans, by ordering a special committee to concentrate and improve the team's performance.
Mo was appointed as chairman of the committee by Minister of Sports and under his leadership the team performed wonders by notching important victories and also geting the draws against big teams like that of Cameroon and Senegal.
After many years in exile Taifa Stars managed to qualify the continental tournament for home grown players, capping a wonderful work done by the committee and the stakeholders in the country.
Flaviana Matata-Miss Universe Tanzania 2007, and went on to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant the same year, she was placed among the Top 15 semifinalists and ended up in 6th place after the evening gown competition. She was the first contestant from Tanzania to compete at Miss Universe 2007, and compete with a shaved head. Matata has modelled print advertisements for Sherri Hill. In March 2011 she won the Model of the Year award by Arise Magazine at Lagos Fashion Week; she has also featured in the magazines Dazed & Confused, Glass Magazine, L'Officiel and i-D Magazine. Matata has also done some runway modelling for brands like  Vivienne Westwood, Tory Burch, Suno, and Louise Gray and has featured in the Alexander McQueen film tribute and Topshop Spring 2011 ad campaign
Masoud Ali Kipanya born on 23rd June 1972 in Dar es Salaam. He started his career as an artist in primary school. His first work was published by Heko magazine in 1989. He has worked as a cartoon editor for Sanifu cartoon newspaper and chief editorial cartoonist for the daily Majira newspaper.

He has participated in several exhibitions in Tanzania and in South Africa, where he has worked as a painter. Masoud has won several awards, including the first prize in the East African cartoon and caricature competition organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung which won him a study trip to Tanzania. In 1999 he made a 2-week visit to Japan in an international cultural exchange program by the Japan Foundation. Masoud Kipanya's illustrations have appeared in BBC Focus on Africa magazine and in a series of children's books for the Tanzania Children's Book project. His cartoons appeared in the collection 'Art in Politics - sanaa katika siasa' published by the Friedrich Ebert Stifting Tanzania in 2000.
Jokate Mwegelo une femme extraordinaire. MnetAfrica/Channel O Vj, social entereprenuer. Zanzibar International Film Festival Best Actress winner.
Millard Ayo-Radio Presenter @ CLOUDS FM.......


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