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Gong'a White Party Fashion Night Out with Rio Paul

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Gadgets and Gizmos Movie Reviews Music Reviews Page Turners


Negotiating your Paychek Career Profile: Maximillian Rioba Worst Day with Daniel Kijo Writer's Corner

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Reader's Recipe Online Dating: Are you doing it right? Fashion: All Season Essential Fashion: Glitz & Glamour Social Media, DO's and Don'ts

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On Track (5 Upcoming Photographers) Local Hero Movers & Shakers Cover : Rough road to the top, Millard Ayo Moment on Top Success Addict ONSPOTMAGAZINE.COM

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education 76 Health: Marie Stopes Janet Mbene: Superwoman When Money says Goodbye Be efficient get better grades Small Business Presentations 5 technological innovations

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EDITORIAL BOARD FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR Amin Swai EDITORIAL & MANAGING DIRECTOR Lydia N. Kasese FEATURES EDITOR Peter Muthamia FASHION EDITOR & STYLIST Rio Paul COVER DRESSED BY Sheria Ngowi CONTRIBUTORS Greyson O. Metili Mariam Joshua Upendo Ipini Adam Mbwana Adam Emmanuel Leontius Leonidus Erick Chrispin Deogratius Kilawe Nyamagesa Laban Andrew Mahiga JP Kilasara Martha Majura Nabeel H Martha Majura DESIGN & ART DIRECTION Jarrtan Naphtal UP COUNTRY DISTRIBUTORS A3N Company Limted OUR PARTNERS YOA, AIESEEC, UNDER35, YUNA, STRICTLY COMMUNICATIONS

EDITOR'S NOTE O ne of the pleasant aims of Onspot Magazine is to let readers immerse themselves in our striking photography, contemporary content, humor and pertinent but thorny issues of youth without compromising the theme and the style we have always adapted.

On top of that, there are fun activities articles that will keep you glued to the magazine. Did you know that while training in photography may be an added advantage, true sense for photography requires a “third” eye behind the camera lens? We have unveiled some five most sought-after photographers who are sensational but do not have any formal training in photography. Please read on to know who they are. Behind the Clouds FM Amplifaya and Top-Twenty programs is a young man whose persistence has seen him rise from a journalist working with no pay to among the most celebrated presenters in the country. Millard Ayo is the young man – polite and humble. This magazine is apolitical (does not write politics). However, the Mad Man in his diary is concerned that come 2015 General Elections, the results in his constituency might be the old cycle of events – churning out of self-seeking leaders. Parental Eye page this time differed from the usual advice to feature a selfless civil servant Mama Janet Mbene. This was deliberate. Onspot despite being a youth magazine looks up to people mile Ms Mbene for mentorship. All these and more are informative and entertaining. All you need to do is to fasten your seat belts and take a ride with us. Editor

Lydia N. Kasese

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Tell us about onspOt and the inspiration it brings to your life. When I came across onspOt was so inspired especially movers and shakers column, which made me, start my own initiative since I believe I can also make it and shake hands with potentials business moguls like the way Doreen met the Africa richest man. ~Omar Zulu, Dar es Salaaam

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What’s ON The African Queen’s Project The African Queen’s Project shares the struggles, triumphs and victories of women who are making a difference in Tanzania and/or around the African continent. By doing this, thevy seek to empower women of all ages, backgrounds, and stature by encouraging them


with stories of women who they can relate to, empowering them with mindset changing messages.

Look out for their show every Sundays from 10am to 12am on ChoiceFm with Gloria Mangi. It centers around the different issues women face in their everyday lives, they will also be able to get feed back from experts as well as from everyday women about their thoughts on these issues.

Akwra Look out for new and up-coming nineteen year old Akwra whose music is a lovely mix of swahilli music with an element of electronic fusion. His latest single “Matata”takes a mildly humorous approach on the day to day issues faced by members of the public that utilize public transport. Brian Awera (Akwra), was born in Nairobi Kenya. He moved to Dar es salaam when he was six and has lived here since. He picked up his admiration for music in school ergo he learn ed how to play various instruments as well. His career as a musician came to full effect after graduation. He did some collaborating with local artists. His efforts led to “Hell of a Night” which peaked at #9 on Choice Fm’s Weekend Countdown chart. Following wide spread support for his art form, Akwra released his first mixtape entitled ‘Music Theory 101’.

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Akwra is now enlisted as an artist under the Cartel Music Africa imprint and is working towards releasing a string of singles and eventually his debut album.█ 8


Projekt inspire




On the 11th ‘Talk' was held and their theme was 'Pursue what your heart desires: Go 4 it'. Look out for the second of this tour that will be starting in October in Universities across Tanzania!On the 20th of July 2014, a one week training tour on 'Career Guidance and Inspirational.►

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This is a youth led movement that aims to change mindsets and shade light into the younger generation's career options and encourage creative as well as innovative thinking. It was founded by Dr. Lwidiko Edward and Miss Vanessa Chilunda. They envision a Tanzania full of youth that are exposed to different academic, extra-curricular and


Tanzania Youth Vision Association (TYVA), Youth for Africa (YOA) and OpenMind Tanzania (OMT) in collaboration with Temek, Kinondoni and Ilala Municipalities, and Dar Es Salaam City Council with the support from Forum For International Corporation, are conducting a 3 year project called “Youth Employment Initiative Dar Es Salaam” from

2014 to 2016. Through this project, these organizations are conducting forums on Youth Employment and providing trainings on entrepreneurship and employment and employability skills. The beneficiaries of this project are the youth who are aged between 15 to 35. The youth

who have the dream to be employed or to start up their own business to run their life smoothly. Also, the project targets other stakeholders such as youth organizations, institutions, and key departments in ensuring the establishment and implementation of policies that target on addressing youth employment in Tanzania █ ► What’s On •••JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014


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CHUI IntelliGent Doorbell ►

Hands on Review: Chui Intelligent Doorbell is a new gadget having a camera loaded with facial recognition software on your doorstep. If a visitor isn’t on approved list, then Chui will play a pre-recorded message telling them where they can go. Whether that’s a polite suggestion or not is up to you!

◄ ASUS Padfone X It’s a phone inside a tablet! It runs Android 4.4 and has NFC, the phone that fits in a tablet. ASUS’ PadFone sparked international curiosity when it first hit Asia about a year ago, the next-gen PadFone X will finally give the chance to check out the two-birds-one-stone device. Little is known about the device’s pricing or release date, but it will reportedly be rolled out in cooperation with AT&T.

ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300▼ If Asus were a superhero movie, it would be Transformers, as the company keeps pushing products that are one thing which can turn into the other. In the case of the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300, users can switch from Windows to Android OS with just the push of a button, and can detach the screen from the keyboard to turn the laptop into a portable tablet.

▼ ZTE Projector Hotspot


Review on ZTE with this new hybrid gadget, it’s a 1080p projector and an LTE hotspot bundled into one box about the size of a thick novel, but weighing a hefty 400 grams. It has a 4-inch touch screen and is powered by Android █






What’s wilder than cops that drink and party with you? Well, at least if they look like cops. When best buds Ryan and Justin dress up as cops to a costume party, they immediately become popular in the neighborhood. It was all fun, games and dressing up until they get tangled up in real life cop problems like gang criminal and dirty detectives. These two then put their “badges” on and delve right into their “jobs” to defend their neighborhood and maintain their “heroes” status.

J.B Bernstein, an American sports agent, while on a task When Peter Quill, an of recruiting new talent, is American pilot, ends up in taken on a journey to India space as a result of stealing where he meets two suita coveted object-an orbable candidates. In between from a super villain, he has training them and trying to no choice but to form an get them signed with major unlikely alliance with a band cricket teams, J.B discovof intergalactic misfits in a ers love, compassion and journey to escape his capa deep understanding for tor. Together with Gamora, caring about himself and for Rocket, Drax the Destroyer and Groot, Quill discovers the those around him. Recruiting talents no longer becomes a true power of the orb and the potential danger it poses means to an end, it becomes on the galaxy and seeks to a process through which he lets people into his life, cares defend its fate. about them and helps them achieve their dreams █

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Xscape► Even years after his death, Michael Jackson remains the true King of pop. His new album Xscape currently ranks fourth on the Billboard Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums. It’s a compilation of reproduced hits that Michael had done in the past but never released. It is worked on by L.A Reid and Timbaland among many and contains hits that are “re-reproduced” to make the legend come to life. The track to look forward to in this album is “Love Never Felt So Good” which features Justin Timberlake. Nevertheless, however good this album sounds, it is only a reflection of the work that Michael had done before and can never be compared to his original albums.

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Iggy Azalea’s album The New Classic has skyrocketed her from the old days in Australia to ranking at number 3 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hip Albums as of July 2014. It’s quite rare to find successful white rappers, let alone white female rappers but rapping seems to come naturally with Iggy. With her different rap style and her accent, Iggy strikes out as unique in a male dominated career field. Her album has received controversial remarks but has also produced the hit “Fancy” featuring Charlie XCX. This album has opened doors for Iggy to work with artists like T. I, Ariana Grande and Rita Ora. Listen to it for a fun, relaxed and pop vibe █




Among other qualities, Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share a sharp wit, looking down on societal norms and well, they’re both diagnosed with cancer. After meeting at a cancer support group, they fall in love and their love takes them on a journey that completely changes their lives. With Gus constantly making jokes about his prosthetic leg and Hazel’s ever-present oxygen tank, it is easy to fall in love with the characters, shed tears over that which cannot be changed and be inspired by a love that defies all logic. The Fault in Our Stars is another one of John Green’s work that touches hearts, warms up souls and provides hope that happiness can be found unexpectedly. The book is now a major motion picture featuring the talented Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.


He was tall, handsome and had the most amazing blue eyes. He was also a dream, a perfect dream for Annabelle. When Annabelle dreams of the perfect boy, it startles her, he just appeared and disappeared just as fast. Until he walks right into her science class the very next day. Flesh and blood, REAL. As he passes her by, he whispers “Annabelle” and just like that her entire life as she knew it changed. She now had the perfect boyfriend and a date to homecoming. Her life is a sweet teenage bliss...until her dreams stop and the nightmares begin █

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They clickaway without formal training but they are awesome

They say that photography is both a science and an art. Some people are very intuitive when it comes to telling a story in photography, with or without formal training. Five most sought-after photographers have no training. A knack for the camera angles, lighting and imagination has brought them where they are today. Lydia Kasese takes us through the lenses of their hobby-cum-careers. by Peter Muthamia

Elizabeth (25)


Known as Elle Emmanuel, she is a photographer with lifestyle, bridal and beauty. She holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. While pursuing her studies at Sussex, she had the opportunity to work in London for BMA Models and Hired Hands as a Character Model and Hand Model respectively. Through countless opportunities working with many photographers as well as being a housemate with a photographer, it only became natural for her to move to the other side of the lens. Since then, photography has been her getaway.



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Her work is heavily inspired by patterns, shapes, prints, culture, ethnic diversity and emotion. Elizabeth’s recent work has seen capturing the advertising campaign for LL Cosmetics, a Tanzanian beauty company. She also gave “B’Ball Kitaa” a makeover when they were crossing the hurdle from mediocrity to a more professional look. B’Ball Kitaa is an urban based youth basketball tournament which is sponsored by Sprite. She feels that it is possible to turn a hobby in photography into a career. However, passion, patience, determination and hard work are necessary tools.



Aliakbher Zoeb (27) A Chemical Engineer by profession, Aliakbher Zoeb, alias Ali Zoeb, CEO and Founder of AZH Photography is a self motivated and an amazing photographer whose interest in the field developed as a mere tension-relieving activity, yet executed with deep passion from within. Ali who started doing photography during his second year of his undergraduate studies, graduated 3 years ago in Texas, USA with a Bsc in Chemical Engineering and decided to return to Tanzania to pursue his passion for photography.

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He chose to exploit potential in fashion photography in Tanzania he decided to pursue it as a full time career though he had no formal training in the field. He has worked clients including Miss Universe and Maridadi Fashion show. He also handles weddings and corporate events.



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Jarrtan Naphtal (29) Jarrtan Naphtal graduated two years ago at Toronto University in Canada where he pursued a Bachelors Degree in Statistics. He has established himself as an outstanding photographer and graphic designer in the country, driven by the desire of becoming one of the most successful people in art and design despite being a statistician by profession. He has undying passion for photography and art and these have driven him since he was a high school student.


His career in photography officially started six years ago when he was in Canada by editing downloaded photos using Adobe Photoshop, but with time he realized the importance of editing photos that he took himself. In that year he bought his own camera and started shooting photos for his friends and family.



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Despite challenges that face the industry like lack of audience interest exposure in photography and lack of connection especially to upcoming photographers, Jarrtan is still positive about the industry. His work includes in photography includes video production and graphic design for institutions such as Muhimbili University, Clinton health Access Initiative, Management and Development in Africa, Population Service International (PSI). He has also worked with artists such as Mabeste, Cpwaa, Vanessa Mdee , Eskado Bira and Pedaiah Swank John.





Albert Manifester (27) Albert is a go getter. He is in touch with his community that inspires him to give back. Albert holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Tourism – a real deviation from the art of photography. He works at I-View Studio as a graphic designer and assistant photographer. His clientele includes various models and magazines such as our very own Onspot magazine, Bang magazine, 361 Degrees and many others. He says he has always been fascinated by how we as humans preserve our memories by capturing special moments and freezing them in time: “A picture of a famine-ridden country captured in a magazine leaves a lasting impression in someone; I wanted to be the one invoking such lasting impact.” He says.

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Albert's inspiration is derived from paintings, music, images from other photographers that he admires as well as his surroundings. His mentors include the late Mohamed Amin, photojournalist from Kenya, Raqey Mohamed, from I-view Studios to whom he owes so much and Emmanuel Bobbie, a photographer from Ghana. Photojournalist, Mwanzo Millinga once said, “ I take photographs because I have stories to tell,” he adds. One of the biggest lessons he has learned so far is endeavoring to meet clients’ expectations. Another lesson is that the industry is constantly changing and therefore, he needs to be flexible and ready to change with it. After all, in order to succeed, you must be willing to accept all challenges.

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Osse Senari (24) Osse Senari strikes us as a photographer packed with a good sense of humor and talent - and not just as a photographer but as a break dancer too! Born in Tanzania to a bi-racial parentage - mother of Italian decent and a Tanzanian father, he has spent most of his life country-hopping residing in countries such as Swaziland and Malaysia. His university degree was in Businesses Computing majoring in Management. However, on the side, his passion has always been art. He says he has always been into art, graphic designing and photography. He a self-taught graphic designer which he learnt online and has been at it for eight years now. Whereas with photography, he has only been at it for some three years now “I love fashion and abstract photography. However, because of the market demand here, one ends up doing more of corporate work, commercial photography as well as restaurants and food�, he adds.


I am inspired by music. I'm pretty much an all-rounder but house music does it for me most times. Meeting and talking to new people and other photographers is also



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inspiring,” he added. Osse believes that in order to succeed, people need to be openminded. Many people are stuck with ideas that do not work. “When I was in Malaysia I started some businesses that worked and some that did not work. I learned my lessons from the ones that failed. Sometimes all you need to do is tweak your ideas a little bit to succeed,” says he. If there was one thing he would like to change about the industry here it would have to be how other photographers view competition. They are afraid of their competitors. He believes in collaborating with others. I also do online video tutorials so people can learn from me. At the end of the day creativity never runs out regardless of whether you share your knowhow or not. WEBSITE:



Nicholas Calvin (27) Meeting Nicholas Calvin for the first time leaves one wiser and somewhat peaceful about their life. You can tell he is a gentle soul with a hippie disposition. Everything about him is so “chilled” and relaxed, and slow. Even his words exude an “I’ m-in-nohurry” to be going anywhere mannerism. Asked whether or not he knew beforehand that he’d take photography as a career, his response was that there are different types of prior knowledge. “There is a knowing that comes with exposure and a knowing that photography can be pursued as a career,” he said.

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He goes further to say that there are signs you become a part of that moment,” says he. from the very beginning, such as things that Even before writing was invented, people tried capture one's attention as a child - things one to tell stories through pictures like the paintings is drawn towards from a young age. He visited on cave walls. the library a lot as a child and therefore gravitated towards images and photography in this

“I try to tell stories through my images, people's

way. Realization that he wanted to become a facial expressions and movements I hope that photographer came much later.

people will find stories they can relate to.”

“Photography as a way of expressing ideas, it is WEBSITE:


a part of ourselves. When given the opportunity to be with a friend or attend a social event,



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Young People with


Every year, the Anzisha prize selects twelve young social entrepreneurs from Africa. In 2012 there were four hundred applicants and out of the twelve selected one of them was our very own Tanzanian, David Mwendele.


ight from the start, life had handed David a tough set of cards to deal with. His biological mother was in primary school when she got pregnant with him. Her solution to the pregnancy was to dump him as soon as she had given birth. David says, “for fourteen years I spent my life as a street child. I remember there were sixty of us in our neighborhood that were parentless. One day people form Hananasi Orphanage came and were looking for a child to take in. And I was that one child chosen.”


Hananasi Orphanage offered David a new chance at life, he was taken care of and educated by these people. When he was 19 some researchers came in and wanted a Tanzanian to escort them, be their tour guide and translator. They did some interviews and he was selected to be their guide. Through them he learnt how to use their camera equipment so he could document their journey. At the end of their research, they offered him $300 as gratitude for the work he had done. “I remember going back to my hotel room and just thinking about the money they had given me. This was the first money I had ever earned. And it was a 38


large amount of money. For some reason my mind was drawn to the surroundings I grew up in. To my community and the kids I grew up with. Living with the white people and in that hotel had shown me how fortunate life can be. But why me? Why were all these fortunate things happening to me? Maybe this was God's way of telling me that I needed to give back to my community.” It was from these thoughts that his charity organization Let God Be You started. David says that the researchers wanted him to stay on with them and continue working for them but he politely declined saying that he needed to get back home.

Since starting in 2010, he now offers business courses to be able to turn his students into entrepreneurs. He offers them more subjects and they have a library too. He has 14 graduates from his organization that are now running their own businesses and employing other people. They currently have 15 young adults and 30 children. Since his organization is a charity one, he has to find ways to make it sustainable. With the knowledge he learnt from the researcher with regards to the camera, David runs his own video production company called LGBY media with which they shoot music videos, wedding ceremonies etc. He also runs a printing company called LGBY printing.

The first thing he did when he got back home was go to his church and speak to his pastor: “I wanted a room. I had decided that I was going to start some type of education center and I needed a room to be able to conduct these classes”. The next thing David was to do was to talk to some of his friends with computers and see if they could lend him their computers once a week for a period of some three hours. With the venue and equipment at hand, David announced in churches and mosques what he was doing and 42 young adults showed up to attend his classes where he started off by teaching computers and English.

To be able to have better sustainability and be able to offer their students a better education and facilities, LGBY wants to start a door to door bodaboda delivery service. However to do this they need to have bodaboda's first. LGBY is looking for donations towards this project. Also every saturday from 9am to 12pm they have a program called Watoto Tu Cheze that allows people to come and play with the children from his charity.█

For more information or donations pleas contact David Mwendele on +255653636672 or visit his organization’s Website

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CEO and Founder of Smart Codes Meeting the 28 year old for the first time, I was caught off-guard by how talkative he was. Contrary to popular belief, tech-savvy individuals are not always encased within their shells. But then again, he does prove the geek laws right by admitting that he is not a “suit and tie” type of guy. Smart Codes’ clientele list is comprised of upscale organizations such as: Airtel Tanzania, Precision Air and Creative Eye. Around June this year, Smart Codes was nominated in awards for design, creativity and innovation on the internet. We recently met up with the young entrepreneur to get some insight of how he felt about his achievements so far and what his future looked like.

Onspot: Please tell us how you got started. Bruno: I started doing what I do during my first year in college back in 2009. At first I did it just for the fun of it as it was something that I was passionate about. In 2010 I registered my company then started presenting my work to different clients. At that point in time I worked alone. It was only after I was done with college that I teamed up with other people.

Onspot: What makes you stand out in the industry?

Onspot: Did you expect to be nominated for Awards?

Bruno: We don’t just create websites; we create web-

Bruno: No not at all. They actually called us just after six or seven days of launching our website. We are the first digital company in Tanzania to have a video web… it is sort of a new thing.

Onspot: Do you consider the nomination your biggest achievement so far?


Bruno: Yes, it has opened doors for us to work outside of the country. Although we didn’t win, we 40

have been recognized globally. For instance, we have already been contacted by a certain company in South Africa. They want us to create an application for them, so I am looking forward to traveling to South Africa to sign the contract later this month (July this year).


sites that reflect our clients’ personalities.

Onspot: How would you describe the industry in the country? Bruno: The industry is competitive but only in terms of being able to deliver something and not in terms of creativity and innovation.

Onspot: How do you pick your team? Bruno: Basically all of the people in my team come

Bruno: I’d say capital is what you have. You can start with something small and for starters you can focus on reaching a niche market. You can also use a friend of a friend to connect you with something you need. For those in my field, once you have a laptop and the internet you can get started. Onspot: Where do you see yourself in… say five years? For instance, I have never taken money from anyone up to now, see! It is possible. Even if Bruno: Five years!? That’s too long, I’d say there is someone who can give you capital three years. In three years I see our company to get started, you need to give that person with branches in Nairobi, South Africa and a reason to entrust you with their money █ the UK or US. In the meantime we are also considering going to Mtwara and Mwanza to explore other opportunities because upcountry people are left behind. Our slogan is ‘Technology for Everyone’ so we intend to expand our services. straight from school. I prefer it that way because we know how difficult it is to get a job nowadays and I’d rather have them with a fresh mind from school instead of recruiting those who have already worked elsewhere.

Onspot: What advice would you give the young entrepreneurs who want to venture into the industry?

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Rough ride BytoPeter the top Muthamia Photography by Jarrtan Naphtal

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To say that Millard Ayo is an ordinary youth would be an understatement and yet, he portrays a very likeable demeanor; polite and very sensible for a 28-year old in his position. Ayo is an ordinary youth because as he admits, he has never been a shaker or a mover as a student, and neither did have the upper hand like many Tanzanian youth who found their lives cut out for them. “I cannot brag to have been any-

He is an award winner too. To

the most natural course of action.

where near the best students in

date, Millard Ayo is a proud win-

He needed that quick money.

terms of academic ranking at any

ner of 4 awards including the Best

“Immediately after form four, I stud-

particular time, both in primary and

Presenter 2006 from Tanzania

ied electronics but apparently, my

secondary , but I had passion for

Radio Awards, the best Website in

heart was not in it. I was restless

music and inner glowing love for

2012 from Vodacom Tanzania and

and felt that something was amiss.

radio,” he says.

African Stars, a honorary award

Studying electronics was what I

presented by the family of the late

had wanted then but not what I

actor Steven Kanumba.

had passion for,” he added.

would be unfair for he has man-

His success did not come on sil-

Ayo’s birth and upbringing was

aged to rise up to his current

ver platter. To pave for his radio

not different from other Tanzanian

position through sacrifice and

career, he unconsciously found

children. Born to Mr. Afrael Ayo

commitment to his work, armed

himself warming up to the radio

and Mrs. Mary Ayo a businessman

with a rare passion.

and sometimes mimicking radio

a teacher respectively, his forma-

Millard Ayo’s name is a household

personalities especially Voice of

tive years were spent in Akheri

On the other hand, not to seeing him as an extraordinary youth

name in media circles whose voice America (VOA) Kiswahili programs.

in Arusha. Millard is the firstborn in

rocks the airwaves at Clouds FM

a family of four – two brothers

studios as the host for the famous

Just like other youth, after ‘O’ level

and a sister. He attended Akheri

program Amplifaya. Besides running

in 2003, he grabbed the near-

Secondary School, a local school

the most successful website, he

est straw - studying electronics.

in his village and later transferred

has done voice overs for Kenya’s

According to him, he had taken

to Mbezi High School in Dar es

Maisha Radio signature tune, Airtel

that route following his uncles who Salaam.

and other companies in and out of had made big it as technicians. the country.

Becoming a technician was to him

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Rough ride to the top illard’s love for radio

offering himself for free would at least

broadcasting was

give him the much-needed experience

fired in him when he

and exposure. Ayo’s first station was

was very young. At a

Television Zanzibar (TVZ) that he worked

tender age of 13, he

for five months without pay. He later quit

had already tried his

2005 after the financial challenges he

voice behind the micro- experienced. phones in the children’s programs with Clouds FM in Arusha. After his short stint

On the positive side it equipped him with

as a technician in 2004, he joined Clouds

lots of knowledge as he ran errands for

FM on Africa “Bambataa” program that

the experienced journalists. In some radio

was very popular with many Tanzanians.

stations, you become the director, the

His current program “Amplifier” is slot-

editor, and all else. His stint at Wapo Radio

ted in the same day parts the former

was a real eye-opener. A breakthrough

“Bambataa” was. In the same year, he

came when he to work without pay.

joined East African Training Institute in

In his own words, trying his hands with

Arusha for advanced certificate in TV and

more than six radio stations, starting with

Radio Journalism.

Wapo is instrument to getting where he

In journalism, it is common knowledge

currently is although it was financially

that there is always a lot of “dirty” work

challenging. The initial agreement with

for new journalists usually without pay but Wapo Radio was to volunteer for a this generally gives one the opportunity

year after which they would pay Sh

to work with more experienced journal-

10,000 a week.

ists. Ayo’s story is no different. For him to grow, he had to put into it so much

After a boss friend realized that the

time, money and energy.

distance from Kibaha where he lived to the Wapo Radio station in Kurasini

He jokingly says that his first step was

was expensive for him, the station

to purchase a tiny radio and would

decided to make a weekly payment

listen carefully just to locate the physical

of Sh 5,000. The second year, they

addresses of the radio stations which he

paid a meager Sh 20,000 per month

would later pay visits in person. Someone plus 5,000 weekly allowance. In advised him that the only way to get

the third year, he signed they paid

anywhere was to volunteer; after all, radio Sh 20,000 and Sh 170,000 monthly stations cannot entrust you with a job



when they hardly knew you.


It also dawned on him that bigger radio

“My reporter’s work entailed hunt-

stations were not willing to employ

ing for news at my own expenses

straight from the college and therefore,

including transport and meals.


“Immediately after form four, I studied electronics but apparently, my heart was not in it."

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Fortunately, my mother used to send some little money for upkeep. I joined Wapo Radio FM on May 23 2005 but because I had thirst for success, I agreed to work without pay from Monday to Saturday. The job was rather mundane including collecting data on the market prices for commodities in Kariakoo Market and covering news at Muhimbili Hospital whenever accidents occurred,” he said laughing. More than six times, he tried his luck with Clouds FM without success, presenting his demo CDs. In 2008, a telephone call that changed his life came from ITV Radio One. In the same week, Clouds FM also asked him to present a gospel program to assess his abilities. He was at a crossroads. What was he to do? With the advice from Godwin Gondwe of Radio One ( he was the first to introduce him to the first real voice-over job), he opted for ITV where he presented MILAZO 101.

program AMPLIFAYA and CLOUDS FM Top 20 in June 2013. Millard acknowledges other peoples’ contribution in his career. He says that without people such as Joseph Msami who identified the talent in him and influenced Millard’s boss at Wapo FM to allow Millard hands-on studio experience, things would have been different. Other mentors included Reginald Mengi, Joyce Muhavile, Julius Nyaisanga, Deogratius Rweyunga, Abdallah Mwaipaya and Isack Gamba all of ITV who showed him the ropes. Ayo agrees that many men and women in the media fraternity have been instrumental to his success. They included Gardner G Habash who gave Millard an opportunity to be auditioned at Clouds FM while working with Wapo Radio, Reuben Ndege, Sebastian Maganga , Ruge Mutahaba and Joseph Kusaga the Clouds FM Managing Director █

In November 2010 he clinched what he had been craving for – a job with Clouds FM/TV presenting the

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career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in New York City before joining the private equity firm called The Carlyle Group also in New York.

"Only if my community is bustling and pleasant can I enjoy living there. " Tell us about Easy Taxi Nigeria. Easy Taxi is a technology platform that gives our passengers the convenience to book taxis ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, and ANYPLACE, with high-quality service in mind. Hence our tagline ‘Easy Taxi – Your taxi one touch away’. We are bringing Nigerians a trusted and reliable taxi service. So if you want a taxi, we are going to connect you to the closest available transportation providers, we're going to get you the quickest pick up time, highest quality ride, and we’ll bring it to you at the



lowest possible cost. How was growing up like for you? Growing up was a lot of fun, I had so much energy and as my mum says, I was a naughty boy! I remember at my graduation lunch my family kept referring to how I was so playful and restless as a boy and they cannot

Bankole Cardoso, the brain behind Easy Taxi Nigeria. Bankole is a business management and accounting graduate from Boston College. Earlier this year, he was listed in Forbes 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs and featured on CNN African startup.

Who is Bankole Cardoso? I am a Nigerian entrepreneur and the Founder/CEO of Easy Taxi Nigeria. I was born and raised in Lagos before moving to the UK to attend Rugby School. INSPIRATION

I then went on to study business management at Boston College in the United States. I launched my 50


believe how calm I am now. I was normal though, I liked video games, cartoons and playing with friends. I think the naughty side came from my obsession with WWF as I used to try out all my moves on my friends. Why did you move back to Nigeria after studying and working abroad for 12 years? I moved back to Nigeria after spending 12 years abroad because I only ever intended to grow my career in Nigeria. I expected to move back after university but I had my first job offer. Shortly after that I was in a second job so when the time came to evaluate my

next move I only considered moving entrepreneur to a mixture of things home despite the move looking

from my work experience more so


than my education. The work ethic

For a long time now I have rec-

that I nurtured and the real world

ognised that Nigeria is going places

experience that I had managing

so that is why I was always bent on

people have been the most valuable

returning shortly after finishing my

skills I can translate to my current

education. I believe that I can make


an impact here and contribute to our country’s growth. I am not claim-

What is one mistake that you’ve

ing to be the most patriotic person

made that our readers could learn

in the world but I consider myself


extremely lucky to be from the right

Not reacting to a customer issue

place at the right time and to be able quickly enough. I have realized that to be a change agent here.

one of the most important things when you are running a business is

What’s the toughest problem you

to put yourself in all of your poten-

ever had since you started Easy Taxi tial customer’s shoes as often as Nigeria? And how did you deal with

possible. Your customers should


own the decisions you make. We

The toughest problems always

are a technology company provid-

involve human relationships. It is a

ing a transportation business so it

fact of life that not all people in an

is sometimes difficult to understand

organisation will get along with one

the different challenges that every

another but it is also very tricky to

different passenger may encounter

deal with. I found that one of our

but I try to figure out all the possible

small teams had problems working

scenarios in advance so we can

together and the relationships were

avoid them. A happy customer is

not getting any better so we had to

key for us because that customer is

split them up. It was important not

very quick to spread the message

to take sides or favour one person

so I try to use Easy Taxi in as many

over another but it was also import-

different circumstances as I can to

ant to show my control.

make sure that we are always providing quality.

What aspect of your background or education has been the most helpful in your experience as an entrepreneur? I would attribute the most helpful skills for my experience as an

"The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is the most inspiring book I have ever read."

How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization the way you do? That is one of the most difficult things to figure out, especially in a 30 minute interview! The honest truth is that it takes time so I try to plan ahead so we are never in a desperate situation where we want just anybody to come in to make up the numbers. We always try to find the right people that will stay with us for the long term and grow their career with Easy Taxi. How important have good employees been to your success? I am the first person to tell you that my employees have built this business with me so they are crucial to our success. I have fantastic employees; I always look to hire people that I believe are smarter or better than me. What does your typical day look like? There is no typical day but I usually wake up around 7am. I will sometimes do a quick workout, watch the news as I get ready for work and be in the office by 9am. I brief the team on the previous day’s performance and the day’s goals and then respond to some emails and go through reports. I will most likely have meetings to attend during the day so I structure my day around them. I usually get home around 8pm have my dinner relax with my Moment On Top•••JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014


of them.

your start-up but turned out to be

"Giving up should not be an option. It should not even be a thought."


munity. Only if my community is

What habits have you developed

better than anyone else but they

bustling and pleasant can I enjoy

over the years that have helped

were also the people that I was

living there. This same belief


most wary about. With time we

extends to corporations; corpora-

I am level headed. I never get too

have a great understanding and

tions are very visible and influential

excited about a successful feature

they see the benefits that we are

in many communities so it is only

or event and I make sure that I

bringing them.

right that a corporation supports

look for ways to do it better or

its community. Corporate Social

make it better. On the other end,

What three pieces of advice would

Responsibility also endears a

when things don’t go too well I

you give to college students who

corporation to the community and

don’t beat myself up over them, I

want to become entrepreneurs?

generates a positive feeling about

just quickly look for solutions.

I would advise college students

family and will attend to anything work related that I have to. I usually do not sleep till around 1am. Why do you believe so much in Corporate Social Responsibility? On a personal level, I am a firm believer in supporting my com-




were so many uncertainties and we had to learn the industry very quickly. I quickly realized that taxi drivers were the best people to talk to as they understand the market

to be patient about becoming

the company when residents can identify with the company as one

Starting up was not easy. There

What terrified you the most at

entrepreneurs. The transition from

school to the real world is a big adjustment so I am grateful that I had some work experience before

How do you define success?

starting a business. I think working gives you an

Success can be many things but I identify with suc-

invaluable experience that you cannot get from work-

cessful people as the ones who through their sheer

ing for yourself and that you also cannot get from

effort and intention have built something or done

school. It is good to learn the habits of your bosses

something impactful that gives them and other people

who will likely have over 20 years of experience.


"It is important to have a network of people that you can ask for advice. " My second piece of advice is to have partners to share the burden with. The first part of starting a business is having fun and a great advantage is finding someone that is as passionate about the idea as you are. Business is tough so once you start realizing how much everything costs and how difficult it is to sell your product you may want to give up. It helps to have someone to share this burden with and to help you keep pushing in the up and down times. Success never comes easily. Use your network and don’t be afraid to ask for help. As a young entrepreneur it is important to learn quickly and to leverage your connections. It is important to have a network of people that you can ask for advice. The one thing I have found is that people are always interested in what you are doing and are always willing to help in any way that they can.

What book has inspired you the most? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is the most inspiring book I have ever read. The book revolves around the idea of your personal legend. Everybody has a personal legend, which is the one thing that they have always wanted to accomplish from a young age. The message in the book is that the universe conspires to help people achieve their personal legend. It is a very powerful book. Lastly, what do you think about It is a great platform to read what other young CEO’s are doing and to learn from their experiences. It is important that we all share our experiences and inspire others

Are you a young entrepreneur under the age of 35 with an interesting story of success (or failure)? If yes, then the Under35CEO community has something to learn from you. . To join the Under35CEO movement, visit us @

How long do you stick with an idea before giving up? Giving up should not be an option. It should not even be a thought. If you had an idea that you believed in so much that you actually followed through then there must be something there. It is important to look inwards at your execution of the idea before giving up. It is important to try every possible strategy to grow the business before you entertain giving up. As an entrepreneur I can imagine that the worst feeling is having regrets over a failed business. Moment On Top•••JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014


Improving your life using By Erick Chrispin critical feedback Are you facing challenges in accepting negative and critical feedback from people? Well, you are not alone there. A lot of us do not respond positively to this and in a lot of ways may be the reason that we are not moving as far in life as we would like to.

The other day I was reading a book by Jack Canfield (The success principles) in which he shared ways one can use negative and critical feedback to improve one's life in different careers. I chose to adopt these into my seminar the following day.

1 up to 10 Rule “On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate my performance/competence etc?” This type of question can be asked to anyone ranging from your children, to your staff members. Let's say that they pick the number 8, your follow up question would then be, “what would I have to do to get to a perfect 10?” Their feedback would be your key to becoming better in whatever sector you are lacking in whether it is your personal life or work life. As I applied this technique in my seminar every participant rated me according to his/her own number. Some said 8 some 9 and some 10. I asked those that rated me poorly what I needed to do or improve on in order to get a perfect score and this are some of the constructive feedback that I got.


● I need reduce lectures and allow the participants work in groups ● Give a short break during a seminar ● I should use more games and role plays etc. The fact is, on that day, I had not applied any of those methods due to reasons beyond my control. But what would have happened had I not given this mini questionnaire to my participants? Would I have remembered that some of these



teaching techniques are important? I most likely would not have realised my mistakes and would have repeated them again the following day. Those that gave me a 10 I asked, “what do I need to do to maintain this 10”? This allowed me them to tell me what I need to add to my seminar facilitation.

Try out! According to Jack Canfield and my trial, this method is very applicable. One can even get their partners or spouses to rate them in terms of their relationships. One needs to have a positive attitude towards negative or critical feedback. One also needs to not be defensive when given such type of feedback. Thanking them for pointing out your weaknesses may be a good response and they will be ready and willing to be more open and honest with you in the future. I wish you the best in transforming your life into a successful one by taking advantage of critical and negative feedback you get from people.█



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By Deogratius Kilawe


or slightly more than five years, I have been a panelist in interviews and it is evident that most people are unprepared when it comes to the question of their paycheck and accompanying perks. Among the most challenging questions posed to any interviewee is much they expect to receive as salaries per month. Interviewees are quick to answer non-committal answers such as depend on your salary scale, any amount will do, depend how much time I will spend on job etc. Even in a down-turn market, there are important reasons to negotiate your salary. You have to be careful though that you don’t make a misstep that could hurt your position and general welfare in the company. Here are tips on how to negotiate your paycheck.


Have concrete facts that will help support your case. What is the market value for your position? What are other companies currently offering for comparable experience? A salary survey is very important. Is your job in high demand right now? Knowing the market value of your position can be very helpful in two fronts. First, it will keep the discussion factual which will help to keep emotions from getting involved. Second, it may reset your expectations for how much it is reasonable to ask for.


What are you worth?

After you’ve done your research you should have a good idea of what your salary should be. Don’t 56


get too attached to that specific figure though, because your company or the one you’re interviewing for may not be able to give it to you. Don't stop selling yourself once you're talking money. Keep volunteering ideas and strategies for tackling challenges in your new job. The more an employer values you, the more they will be willing to pay. Be open-minded to other forms of compensation as well. You have done a good job pitching your strengths and value they will find a way to make an offer that you are happy with.

What are you giving up?

What makes or breaks for you- a fat salary, vacation or severance. A non-compete agreement? Good working environment? Figure out what your bargaining chips are before you start negotiating.

Never lose sight. It’s about them, not you

Yes, you’re negotiating a salary for you, but don’t come with a bulleted list of why you need the money. Everyone wants to help out someone in need, but that’s not reason enough to give someone a higher salary. You need to be ready to prove how you will help the company achieve its ultimate goal. More importantly, how you have made them (or past employers) more money and how you will continue to do just that. If you are not in a revenue generating position, you still need to come up

with good reasons why paying you more will actually help them.

Salary is earned, not given

Pay follows performance, not the other way around. You can’t expect your employer to give you a raise if you haven’t already proven to them that you deserve it. This doesn’t mean you need to be working for free, but make sure you are performing at your best. If you are currently a top performer, then they can expect you will continue to be. If you are a poor performer, you will have a much harder time trying to convince them that more money will transform you into a top performer. Negotiating your salary can be one of the most difficult aspects of your career. It is very hard to keep emotions out of the process, but if you do your research, keep an open mind, and approach the discussion with a positive attitude, your chances of a good outcome are higher. Most importantly, always work to your best abilities because there is nothing a company is more likely to pay a premium price for than a hard-working, top performer.█ Deogratius Kilawe is the C.E.O Excel Management and Outsourcing Limited

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was a sickly child from the word go, from the time I was a month old, I have been a sickly child. When I turned nine, things got worse and I needed to have some major surgeries done on me. As a result I did not enjoy primary school, I spent so much time in hospital I did not have much time to actually be in school.

My dad never taught us anything bad. And I thank him for that. He did have a mean streak in him though, he had a military way of raising us. He was ill tempered. But I think in his own way, he was shaping us. He wasnt too bad. I guess he wanted to raise children that were focused, children that would make it in These became factors in me not feeling that education the world. Or something. We were not allowed to date. was worth it. I was surrounded by drunkards, and people I remember he once said that “If I ever catch you even that lazed about. Lack of motivation from my surround- thinking about a girl, I will kill you.� We took this threat ings with regards to education, did nothing to foster my very seriously, we knew what he was capable of. We love for education. had seen him hit us with anything he could find. This one time he hit me with a bottle of water on my head. As soon as I got to highschool, I lost track of my studies. It broke right in the centre of my skull and I passed out. I remember I wanted to be a doctor then, even my book One of my female class mates came home one day to covers were that of the anatomy. I wanted to be a doctor collect her book and she got the chasing of a life time because my illnesses inspired it. I was fascinated by how from my father. one could be cut open, sealed shut and still be alive. So, I basically failed my whole high school years. My We were so religious at home. We prayed and sang twice form four finals were no different. When I failed my a day, morning and evening. It was compulsory. You father kicked me out of the house. He said I was an In my early teenage years my parents moved from Arusha to Tarime. Life became hard financial wise, and we struggled a lot. We went to school with no shoes, and school was about 10 km's away from home.


could not avoid it. My father would give you a beating from hell should you decide to not come for prayers. Even when we were sick, we had to show up. At some point, I lost touch with religion because I came to feel that is that's what God's love was about, then maybe I did not want to have a part of it.



embarrassment for him. I was seventeen then. I remember being so mad at him that I thought if I had a gun, I would have shot him. But I didnt have a gun, so I moved out. I went to my grandfather's house and told him what happened. He was not too happy with my father and so he took me in and I was in charge of his cows and goats for about ninety days. I had a realization one day when I was sitting in the field looking down at the animals grazing. And it hit me, how was I going to be a doctor at this rate? How was I going to be anything? So I decided to do something about it and contacted my uncle who lived in the same village. All he had to offer me that was of value was this small radio that he gave me to sell. I tried to contact my uncle who lived here in Dar. At that point in time we used telegrams and these would take weeks, even months to get from one recipient to the other.

I had two jobs, back to back, as well as school on top of that Eventually, he agreed for me to come to Dar and in 1997 I moved here. The idea was for me to come to here and study at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology. I had a thing for technology then. But as soon as I got here my uncle started getting sick and died. So I spent a whole year in the streets, I was homeless. I slept in a barber shop, I swept hair there during the day and slept in there at night. For some reason I started going to church in 1998-9.

I wanted to be successful, my goal at first was to make my first ten million, and I made it

At some point I got a scholarship to go study in the States. Things did not go well there because I had to fend for myself, I had two jobs, back to back, as well as school on top of that. I was not doing well academically and physically. I was barely sleeping, my body was running on energy drinks.

I came back to Tanzania in 2007 and decided to get back on track with advertising. I reconnected with the I started teaching music to the chilpeople from Postal Bank. The foldren at church. At that point in time lowing year I moved into the house I I chose children because I felt more live in now, and I started this studio comfortable with them in the sense (Authentic Records) with a laptop that children are non judgmental and a little speaker. Now Authentic and the fact that I was poor did not Records is being used for all types of change the way they saw me. In the advertising as well as music producmidst of all of this a woman from tions. My commercials play on radio church called me one day and asked stations and TV stations all over about me and my home situation. She Tanzania. started giving me money, and I got a one room apartment. One morning I have learned, and strongly believe I woke up to the sound of my neigh- that life is not given to you, but bour's radio. And it was not even rather it is designed by you. And music that was playing, but there so I started designing my own life. were just the voices of the anchor I started setting goals. I wanted to men. But what caught my attention be successful, my goal at first was was the Postal Bank commercial that to make my first ten million, and was mimicking a Kuria guy. I made it. Then it was to make a hundred million, and I made it. I I decided that I wanted to be able to continue to have goals and dreams do commercials. So with the money for my career and business.█ that the woman from church would give me I bought a small radio with a tape recorder that I would use to make a commercial. So I recorded my first commercial and I took it to another church member that had taken an interest in me and my well being. He was so impressed he took it to Postal Bank who offered me 50, 000 if I could another commercial for them. I remember holding that first pay in my hands, the feeling that came from holding money I had earned myself was overwhelming. So that's basically how I started my career in advertising and music production. Ofcourse even the ride to where I am now still was not easy. Career Profile•••JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014



Daniel Kijo talks about his worst day

e all know Daniel Kiravu “the loved one” Kijo for media and branding. For the past ten years he has graced our TV screens as a presenter among other things. Believe it or not Daniel started off as a Lawyer. He studied commercial Law in varsity only to meet the love of his life (Media) in the third and fourth year of his studies. He says, “Law and media are not that different. The only difference is the fact that in Law you are only defending one side, without knowing the other side of the story fully, and therefore your argument is biased. However with media, I can interview both parties involved and get both sides of the story.” soon as I got home. It was hilarious.

I think the worst day would have to be the time I got rejected for a job because of my broken tooth. He studied commercial law because he wanted to help people. He is a family man and has always been a compassionate person since he was a child: “My mom used to tell me that I used to cry as a child when I heard someone had died”. Despite this, he felt that he would not be able to survive a career in law. He believes that even though we are told that the law is a tool for social justice, true justice is only achieved when the interests of the ruling elite are touched.


We asked him about some of his memorable moments in his career: “My hardest day ever at work was when I was 17. I was working at Nandos and I was put on double shift for two weeks. I'd start work at 7 am and finish at midnight. On my first day I passed out outside my front door as 60


But I think the worst day would have to be the time I got rejected for a job because of my broken tooth. I have been in the industry as a presenter for some ten years now and I have had this broken tooth for some fourteen years and just this one time I got rejected on the basis of that. More than anything it made me feel inadequate. Incomplete maybe. And it did hurt. It's like telling someone you wont hire them because they have no hands even though they are terribly good presenters. The irony behind this whole saga is that the same people that rejected me for my tooth came to my organisation and we are now working on something together that earns me so much more money than I would have earned had I got that job.”

Quotes by Kijo 1. I believe that everybody has a story, and everybody cries. 2. Be stronger and bigger than their words. 3. There is a difference between fame and glory. I want the glory. The legacy.█


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H t porridge for a weapon By Eric Amad


He had fought many wars and this one was not an exception




he day was unusually cold with dry whirlwinds howling like ghosts outside the dimly lit hut in the dusk. Besides a heard of his prized cattle, sheep and goats satisfyingly mooing and bleating in his backyard, the sole occupant of the boma was an ageing man in his mid-seventies. His rugged complexion was not exactly visible but one could tell from the shadows the weak flames threw in his direction that he was a man who had seen better days. He had resigned to living alone after his wife had died a fortnight ago. As if to rub in his loneliness, an owl kept hooting from a tree nearby. It was eerie. He remembered his lifelong wife Muthoni who had died of pneumonia. He had refused the support of

his grandchildren to keep vigil and comfort him. He reckoned that life had changed over the years and that his grandchildren had better things to do with their lives – he needed not bother them with his whining. He had fought many wars and this one was not an exception. M’Marete Mwirichia was a man who had seen it all. He fought in Burma, Ceylon and lastly, he spent his life in the forests of Mt Kenya fighting colonialists as Mau Mau fighter. His life in the settled semi-arid Riuri in Meru County had taught him to relive his soldier’s lifestyle he had become accustomed to as a young man. One thumb rule was that he had to brace himself and accept whatever may happen to him. He had resigned himself to fate unreservedly.

Outside, his Mwania, most prized bull gave a low moo, common to the leader bulls. Weighing well over 700 Kgs, many butchers had approached him seeking to purchase the bull at whatever bid he was willing to accept. He would hear none of it. By all village standards, he was not exactly a poor man. If money was an issue, he was a recipient of cash from his four daughters and three sons spread across the country in big positions. There was some stir outside but he only ignored it. The dog barked but he dismissed the barking, assuming that dicdic or stray hare had passed outside the fence. He switched on his old Sanyo radio, his only companion. Patiently, his turned the dial, searching for anything newsworthy – there was nothing. He tried BBC but there was only news about a plane crash in some strange country and hence his disinterest. As he was fumbling with the dial, the radio mentioned something to the effect that the recently held General Elections and Daniel Arap Moi had won. Why should it matter to him? He had all the time expected it anyway. Just as he was about to switch off the offending radio, something caught is attention.

For the first time in his life, he felt vulnerable. But then, did he have anything to lose? The announce went on thus: “The government today announced it intention to meet fire with fire on the marauding cattle rustlers in the various prone parts of the country. This was said by the Police Commissioner, Shadrack Kiruki..... During the occasion of commissioning of new cadets at Kiganjo Police College, the commissioner reiterated that the government shall not spare

any such criminals. In the recent past, some parts of Meru, Isiolo and Samburu...” His bull once more mooed. Even if those inglorious cattle rustlers were to storm in, there was no way they could herd away Keeru his prized bull no matter what, he swore to himself. He would have to kill him first. He dragged his weary body towards where porridge was boiling. Today he was not inclined to eat much. A bowl of porridge mixed with sour milk would do for him and his dog Poppy. Suddenly, Poppy’s barking became intense and somewhat disturbing. What was out there? He was just about to step out when he bumped on three gun muzzles pointing at his chest. As an old fighter, he did not fuss but raised his hands. Two of the invaders pushed his weary body and hurled him to his bed. He took a careful look at each of them and made a quick calculation noting that they were only four. He understood the risk of taking them on. First, something had to be done and he was no longer the same young fighter. The first carried a Heckler and Koch G3 assault riffle. The second and the meanest wielded an AK-47, the third Uzi and the last swung holed gun that did not look at all pleasant. “Calm down gentlemen. Calm down. We can talk this over,” he pleaded. “You old man, if I were you I would keep my trap shut,” said one of the assailants. What gives you the audacity to talk to us like that? Don’t you understand that we are hell bent to cut your stupid throat?” shouted the man, frothing in his mouth. The old man looked from one rustler to another and thought to himself that if the wheel of time could swing him back, he would somehow deal with the intruders. .For the first time in his life, he felt vulnerable. But then, did he have anything to lose? Ignoring their threats, he even attempted to benignly smile at them. “Gentlemen, you scared the heart out of my ribcage. Surely, it is not civil to intrude into the life of an old man like me. You do not even need guns.

All you need is to walk straight, strangle me with bare hands and all is yours,” he continued. “Shut up I said,” barked one who seemed to be the leader. He was adamant. “The least you can do is to wait till I finish cooking my porridge,” he insisted

In the next ten minutes you will be meeting your creator. Not with an empty stomach The ringleader looked at the old man thoughtfully. All this time, Mzee Mwirichia was assessing the situation. Here are four armed people. There is no way he could take them in. He looked at their guns and came to conclusion that he can no longer use them. He has been out of active combat for many years. The ringleader was the first to position himself on the bed. The old man possessed no seats. The others followed. “You had better hurry up, old man. We have no time to waste with. In the next ten minutes you will be meeting your creator. Not with an empty stomach,” shouted the ringleader Mzee Mwirichia looked at the boiling porridge and suddenly, a thought pooped up in his mind. He had to do something even if it meant losing it all. Was not a captive already? He understood that he was as good as dead. Grabbing the boiling pot, he splashed the already boiling porridge on the faces of the already surprised men who were screaming. Peeling off their faces. In the ensuing melee, he grabbed one gun and held his captors captive.█

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Red snapper baked Thai Style

Sea bream with orange butter sauce

Two facts make red snapper baked in banana leaves an exciting sumptuous and easy-to-bake fish. Firstly, is readily available at Kigamboni fish Market at very cheap price and it does not require any extra skills to make it. Secondly, banana leaves make a perfect, natural wrapping for barbeque-cooked foods, but if they are not available, you can use baking foil instead.

Sea breams are exposure to anyone unfamiliar with its creamy rich flavor. The fish has firm white flesh that goes well with rich butter sauce, sharpened with orange.


4 red snapper about 350 g each Banana leaves 1 lime 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 spring onions (scallions), sliced 30ml/2 tbsp Thai red curry paste 60ml/4tbsp coconut milk


1. Clean the fish, removing the scales, and make several deep slashes in the side of each with a sharp knife. Place the fish on a layer of banana leaves. 2. Thinly slice half the lime and tuck the slices into the slashes in the fish, with slivers of garlic. Sprinkle the sliced spring onion over the fish.


3. Grate the rind and squeeze the juice from the remaining mix half lime and mix with the curry paste and coconut milk. Spoon over the fish. 4. Wrap the leaves over the fish, to enclose them completely. Tie firmly with a string and cook on a medium-hot barbeque for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally. To serve, open up the parcels by cutting along the top edge with a knife and fanning off the leaves. 64



2 bream, about 350g each scaled and gutted 10 ml/2tbsp Dijon mustard 5ml/1tbsp fennel seeds 30ml/1tbsp olive oil 50g watercress 175g mixed lettuce leaves

For Orange Butter Sauce 30ml/2tpsp frozen orange juice concentrate 175g cup unsalted (sweet) butter diced salt and cayenne pepper


1. Slash the sea bream four times on either side . Combine the mustard and fennel seeds, then spread over both sides of the fish. Brush with olive oil and cook on a medium-hot barbeque for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once. 2. Place orange juice concentrate in bowl and heat a bowl and heat over a pan of simmering water. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually whisk in the butter until creamy. Season well. 3. Dress the watercress and lettuce leaves with the remaining olive oil, and arrange with the remaining olive oil, and arrange with the fish on two plates. Spoor the sauce over the fish and serve with baked potatoes, if you like.â–ˆ

a digital dater's heart. Here are some things you should look into when starting the hook.

Avoid being: 1. The Street person. Example:“Heey u gud meen?” “Hey wats up?” A lot of people visualize their possible partners to be smart; street language is mostly used by the illiterate. Do not let your first message show them that you are not what they want. Do not let their first impression of you be that of illiteracy.

2. The autobiographer. Example:“I’ m Kutee, I am

Online Dating :

Are you doing it right? It is a world of changes. Technology has revolutionized in such a way that many of us are looking for future life partners (or dates or flings or accommodating couples) via the Web. And some people get it, but a lot of people do not understand that if you want to make your online date work and last, the first thing to look at is the first move you make: “first messaging”.


f you have been there, a lot of online dating involves scrolling through photos, immediately weeding out “not my type,”“too dark”, "holding a baby" and “not a nice smile” but even if someone deems you attractive (horrifying mustache and all that), a pretense of a first message can ruin all chances of romance. How you approach a person should not have to take more energy from you than it should. By any means --although spell check really doesn't hurt --but there's a whole passel of openers that will get you deleted from

27 years of age, I was born in Arusha before we moved here, my father is the famous engineer in town, I like chatting with friends and also listening to the music in my free time, I majored in arts so I enjoy watching non-fiction movies but I also read books when I have time…anyway tell me about you”

3. What then? This kind of message makes people

feel like they have already dated you, there is still plenty of time and chances are you will run out of things to say. So instead of making it about you, make it about the other person, find out the things you share in common.

4. The creeper. Example: “I want to**** ****and then

**** ****all night long!”This is the type of first impression that leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. Can we get to know each other first before you try to bed me?

6. The overlooking. Example: “You are extremely

handsome do you know that? You look like Angelo and you have the best looks i've ever seen in this world. You like the same music I do I hope you can make a good husband for a girl like me, okay prince charming I hope you will reply to this lovely message because your lips are hot.”Calling someone “hot”, “sexy”, “handsome” is a huge turnoff in a first message. Atleast that's how I see it. Remember do not send a short or too long a message as you start your journey to find your true love make sure you make them want you.█

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Nigerian Label : CLAN Designer: DEOLA SAGOE


Collection : CLAN CLASSICS 2014 This season the label Draws inspiration from the Hollywood classic, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, the lookbook displays carefully crafted minimalist staples and separates, which lend themselves to versatile styling. “The lookbook pays homage to Audrey Hepburn who epitomised classic, chic style with her simple silhouettes, subtle accessories and bold flair.” 68


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Nigerian Label : J REASON Designer : olajide adedeji Collection : skin & bold spring & summer 2014


Nigerian designer Jide Adedeji knows how to accentuate menswear designs while keeping things wearable. He’s constantly reinventing his brand and got provocative this time around with these bold prints and strong patterns.



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Some Skin & Bold garments are classic and some are more trendy, but Adedeji always keeps it contemporary and dandy. He stated, ‘The collection is basically a reflection of youthful trends that are bold and at the same time simple. Minimalism is the keyword as well as convenience and style. Whether you love going for parties, [are] sophisticated or generally all about colorful prints – the collection has something for you.”



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“The Do's and Don’ts” Of Social Media Let me ask you a question. When you walk into a room and see someone for the first time what is the first thing you notice about them? How they dress? How they talk? Their physical features? Well imagine you walk into a room and over a billion people are seeing you for the first time. What first impression do you make on them? This room you are walking into is a real room - it is social media.


n this day and age CVs and Resumes are nearly becoming irrelevant. Websites such as LinkedIn have made it possible for you to put your professional profile online and for people to endorse you in the fields/skills of your expertise. This could be a good thing and bad thing depending on how you use these online platforms. We – and by we I mean young people – tend to forget that when we are on social media, it is not only our friends or peers that read and see what we post. It may also be the person who will hire us in the future or get into business with us. You just never know. And since you never know, you should always assume that they are watching you.


Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are not only where you meet your friends but where the world meets you. What you DON’T do on social media can be just as important as what you do on social media – example not using profanity or posting images of you dressed inappropriately. I've heard some young people say, “I only have a handful of friends/followers therefore nobody will really pay attention to me” or “My profile is private, they cannot see what I am saying/doing unless I approve them.” This is dangerous thinking as it only takes one person following you to retweet or re-post what you have said for the whole world to see it. And we all know the ageold expression that it is the people closest to you that hurt you the most. 76


Another common social media mistake I notice from young people is complaining about their jobs or places of work or people who they work with on social media. I understand that it is a form of venting but whoever you work for or work with next will remember your public displays of frustration and will see your lack of secrecy and loyalty when it comes to business matters. As a young person, I have made plenty of mistakes on social media that could have jeopardized my potential professional career therefore I am speaking to you from personal experience. In retrospect, social media can also be a powerful tool to connect with influential figures or organizations in the world that share your passion and/or interests. These days you can tweet Presidents and CEOs and ask/tell them whatever you want to tell them. They may or may not respond to you but it does not mean they did not read or notice you. And that by itself is a revolutionary step in communication. Let’s face it, as the world is becoming more digitally connected, you are more likely to meet someone online than you would in person. Even when you do meet someone in person you can be assured that that person is already aware of you and your life based on social media and other online search engines. Be sure you are always prepared for that meeting. Andrew Mahiga – Managing Director, Maanisha! Limited Website: Blog: Twitter: @Drudysseus Instagram: @Drudysseus

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Janet Mbene

The Superwoman A Word From “African Queens Project” Founder: Janet Mbene embodies the aphorism: Never give up! She truly is an African Queen and a woman much respected by her peers and those who strive to be like her. Her children are a testament to the kind of woman she is, as she has raised a phenomenal group of kids who are making waves in this country and beyond. She is now currently the Deputy Minister of finance for the Tanzanian government and also makes the time to speak, advice and mentor young people on their different journeys. It is my honor to call her an African Queen and this is her story:

Background I am a mother of five beautiful grown children: 3 boys and two girls. I am the second born of three children. I have an older sister and younger brother. My parents were working class people. My father worked in the Tanzania Railways Corporation whilst my mother was a nurse and midwife who later became a Community Development Officer and ultimately joined politics. My childhood was spent moving from city to city as a result of my father's job transfers. I was born in Morogoro and lived there until I was two years old after which we moved to Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Mbeya, Iringa and eventually Dar es Salaam.

After My Postgraduate Studies in Australia, I graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics where i specialized in International Trade and Trade Agreements, Regional Integration, financing of Trade, Bank Financial management as well as corporate financing. I also took a course in Natural Resources management.

I went to Primary School in Iringa and finished of in Dar es Salaam where I joined a Convent Secondary School and attained the ordinary certificate level. I then went to High School “A” Level at Marian College a Maryknoll Sisters School now known as Kilakala Secondary School.

I’ve also worked in International Regional organizations as an Executive Director. This involved coordinating programs in economic and social justice and monitoring government performance in facilitating policy implementation at all levels of government, linking this at regional level with other national governments. I was also responsible in creating awareness among citizens to hold governments responsive to their concerns and also responsible to the commitments made in National & International Commitments. This was of particular significance in the MDGs, WTO issues and other regional commitments.


I then got married had three children and went back to School starting with an advanced Diploma in banking, then to University for a Degree in Economics. Before going back to tertiary education, I had two more children. In 1972, I joined work with the then only Commercial Bank, The National Bank of Commerce. From Clerk to Credit and Loans Administration Manager in one of the large branches in Dar es Salaam.



After my graduate studies I joined work with various International NGOs as a Program Specialist in Credit Management, Capacity Building Entrepreneurship, and later also worked in the UN System as Program Specialist and Head of Programs variously.

Why did you pick the career path that you did?

I picked this career path because I have always aspired

to be in public service and my career path grew from my studies in economics and finance. Even my Political career was influenced by the fact that I was called to lead since primary school all the way through University, place of work, etc in all this I would represent the student or workers.

Do you wish you could have done things differently if given the chance?

Yes, I would have liked to do a few things differently. I would have liked to have been more patient, listened more, listen to the voice of God more and obeyed Him. I certainly should have done a PhD. I should have been more forgiving of myself. I believe the standards I have set for my life became too hard on others and myself as well and thus I should have relaxed more.

What and who inspires or motivates you?

My main motivation were my parents who both supported me and encouraged me to do the best that I could. They told me that my success depended on me and that no one could ever be fully depended upon another. They told me time and time again that education is my only salvation and this made me work hard at succeeding. They were very proud of me.

What do you count as your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement has been taking control of my life after a bad and difficult marriage, raising my children alone, going back to school and educating my children adequately whilst raising them to become responsible and admirable children.

Receiving less pay for some jobs and responsibilities. Being stereotyped and not being able to take part in things such as going out alone in public places for fear of being harassed and being misunderstood. I have overcome them through hard work, through perseverance, through professional ethics to show the world that I am able to achieve things on merit and not because I am a woman

How important is family especially in light of your career and professional life?

What do you think needs to be done to address these issues?

● What needs to be done is to ensure that issues about women are treated as a human right. That girls are given the same opportunities in education from Primary School to University. ● Women in rural areas need to be given facilities to ease their burdens and get them to engage more in economic activities.

Family in my life has been the anchor on which my success is based. My family encouraged me, loved me, provided for me and comforted me through the good and bad times. I learned very early on in life that no matter what, I could depend on my family to come through for me.

● All laws that discriminate against women are scraped.

Do you believe it is important to share your story with other women?

● Women need to be educated of their own rights because many have grown to accept abuse and deprivation as normal.

Yes, I do believe it is important to share my story with other women because many times we face challenges and feel overwhelmed and think we are alone in it when actually that is not the case. So a story could help a woman be motivated and be comforted to know that there are others in the same position who have overcome their situations.

● Society is educated about the rights of girls and women. And it should be a punishable offense to deprive girls and women of these rights.

What would you tell other young women who want to go down the same path that you have chosen? I would ofcourse offer them encouragement but I will also caution them on the pitfalls to avoid.

What do you do to give back In your experience, what do to your community? you think are some prevaI have an orphanage that I have lent issues women face in adopted and support. everyday life? Professionally? Women still lack access to the basic If you could tell young things in life, like education, finance, women 1 thing, what would it be? opportunities, recognition for their

contribution in the household, at work and nationally. Women are still abused by family, workplaces and society at large, verbally, psychologically, sexually and professionally. What are some of your strug- Not enough is invested in girls and gles and/or insecurities? women on the facilities that are I have faced many struggles because of importance to women. Water of my gender. First was in being facilities, transport facilities, workforced to marry a man I did not love ing tools, technology and health nor want. Not being taken seriously care, finance, training and education because of my gender in places of facilities. work where all they see is a woman.

I provide free advice to young people and women on various issues including entrepreneurship. I support and contribute to community programs such as education centers, orphanages, health and other areas requiring assistance. I would tell young women to be confident, hard-working and to dream big.█ African Queen's Project Parental Eye•••JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014


When money

says, 'GOODBYE '

By JP Kilasara

We have heard over and over again the cliché that money talks. But to many, money knows only one word – and that is “goodbye”! When it finds its way to you but is quick to exit through the many windows, doors and holes in your pocket and goes with your peace of mind. When money comes in through one door and exists faster than you can manage it, you are tempted to stop searching for it. Indeed, if you asked any one employee, month-end happens to be the most stressful. However, if you can manage it well, it becomes a good servant. According to a study commissioned by the Financial plan standard council of Canada, 83% of Canadians who do comprehensive financial planning said they felt in control of their finances and 61% said they had peace of mind. On the other hand, more than half (57%) of those who did not have a concrete plan said they struggled with money every month. In another study, 94% of Americans who engaged in comprehensive financial planning said they are confident about their financial decision making.Financial planning can be a challenge, but its benefits make it worth a while. Here is the process in a nutshell.


Gather the right skills through education and on-the-job training (including volunteer or part-time). To increase earning power, make an assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses then use them to perfect your job search and interviews or entrepreneurial opportunities.



Keep track of income spent and create a spending plan. Use paper and pencil, a computer spreadsheet or smartphone apps. 84



Avoid spending all your income, develop a habit of saving no matter how small and always keep it in sync with your financial goals in order to maintain motivation. An emergency fund is a financial necessity.

Mobile savings – manage short-term savings such as emergency fund (eg. MPawa)


Mobile money transfers – manage

To grow your savings, invest for the future. Start a business, invest in the securities market, invest in yourself by acquiring new skills and save for retirement. Invest in others.


This is especially important if you have children or dependents. Write a Last Will and get insurance coverage to protect your assets, such as income, home, and business. Consult an insurance broker.

Using technology to manage money

Smartphone apps – easy access to budgeting worksheets, spending plans Mobile banking –quick access through your phone anytime, anywhere

Internet banking – manage and plan for mid-term to long term savings

payments and charity giving (eg. MPesa, Airtel Money, TigoPesa)

Bank cards – provide a safer way of handling large sums of money especially when travelling If handled in small consistent steps, financial planning is manageable and rewarding.█









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GET BETTERGRADES By Martha Majura Just look back at your former classmates. Think of those who literally burnt their midnight oil, devouring volumes upon volumes of books but unfortunately scored poorly in their exams and got sidelined. How about those who did not burn their fingers so much but managed to perform handsomely? This leaves one wondering the rationale of those who “seemed” to work hard (we saw them bent over books overnight) but did not deliver while those who studied less made sterling performances.


Read ahead: Hitting the books ahead of your lecture will give you a clear perspective on the subject.



College or university life can be quite hectic. From juggling with your studies, internships, to managing to socialization these can be a real frenzy. As you try to fit in everything in your schedule, you might inadvertently resort to taking what seems like the easiest way to cover the module at the end of a semester and barely passing. Instead of settling for bare minimal performance, you can have plenty of time for extracurricular activities and yet be efficient in your studies, here is how:

Read ahead: Hitting the books ahead of your

lecture will give you a clear perspective on the subject. By the time it is being taught for the first time in the classroom you won’t just be sitting there clueless, neither will you use a lot of energy to understand. Better yet, for you the lecture will seem like time. Ask your lecturer or professor for the course outline to guide you.

Read to gain knowledge (not to pass a test): After reading through (skimming),

focus on understanding the gist of the subject. Once you understand a subject it tends to stick longer than when you memorize it for a test. Memorizating may be required but the basis of

all learning is to understand. In other words, merely reviewing your scribbled notes won’t get you far. Read far and wide.

References are crucial: Do you know

the list of books for each unit given to you in the beginning of a semester? Yes, that one, make good use of it by actually reading the listed books. If you read at least 70 percent of books from that list, I can attest that you will be so well-read that tests and assignments won’t terrify you anymore. Besides, reading a variety of books will give you different perspectives on a topic/subject which will help you in your arguments.

Read to gain knowledge (not to pass a test): After reading through (skimming), focus on understanding the gist of the subject.

Rest: Don’t sacrifice your sleep to stay up all

night cramming for a test. A well rested mind can do so much. On the contrary, an exhausted mind you can accomplish very little or nothing. With a tired mind, you will definitely struggle to get through. Instead of allowing yourself to reach to a point where you have to squeeze in several hours of your bedtime to study, make yourself a study timetable that will give you plenty of time to read. This might require some adjustment, for instance, sacrificing some time you spent on non-essential things and add it to your studying hours. All the best! █

Read routinely: Make reading a part of

your life. You know, just like you reserve Fridays for a night out with the boys or Saturdays for a girls’ night out in with Mohitos, do the same for your studies. The more you read, the more you become knowledgeable, the more it sticks.

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by Nabeel H Making any sort presentation ought to be an exciting task because it employs nothing but the normal art of public speaking and tact. Therefore, there is no need to feel butterflies flying in one’s stomach when called to do it. I was recently chosen to mentor at an event challenging IT entrepreneurs to solve socio-economic problems through generating technology-oriented solutions in Nairobi, Kenya. The ensuing excitement, view, exchange of ideas and leveraging of knowledge were cues that highly impressed me, not forgetting the tenacity of these individuals in the six groups present. The event took two days of developing solutions through the use of creativity, coupled with business sense backed by the utilization of available technology. The last day was dedicated to pitching solutions to a judging panel consisting of affluent private investors, equity firms and other stakeholders. Considering that such a crop of participants is well versed with technological, creativity and all it entails, there was room to encourage “sealing the deal” type of presentation skills that can harvest greater interest from the panel in creating a “buy-in” for the pitch. Here is my take on the essential skills (main themes identified during the session), which I thought are paramount at such events:



Convince yourself to convince others. You may find that individuals have the idea and framework but may not be able to sell or buy “belief” in the solution. This is evidenced at times with fidgety body language, space gazing, and poor moderation of tone and consistent assurance of the scenario in a repetitive tone. Speak in convincing tones that create no shadows or grey areas in your concept.


The less informative the slides, the more attention you get. You do not want the decision making body to be



put off at the first instance by noticing clutter on your slides, limited spacing and being informative to the extent of annoyance. The less information you project, the better chance you have to sell your proposition. Include visual elements, this will be your gateway to attention.


Be precise to create “buy-in.” Individuals may express a scenario, or a competitive statement in words that are far too many. You do not want to have the judges asking you to explain at the end from square one! It is important to maintain brevity for presentations.


Utilizing floor space with appropriate body language. Avoid pacing back and forth frequently as well as the flailing of arms and gestures that will intimidate the judges and the audience too. Nobody is interested in looking at a pendulum! You want to be composed, knowledgeable and in sync with your body and mind to best maintain body posture.


Capture the best and necessary information You do not want to include information or data that you are uncertain of as that is the primary element you will be a judged on. Moreover, mixing hard information with numbers concerning costs, revenue or other components with graphics, helps to capture the idea in detail by being comprehensive and concise.

The list can actually go on. Make sure to exhaust all available cues to succeed in your presentation skills. But, as mentioned earlier, these are general elements that I observe from time to time at various events dedicated to entrepreneurial ideas and pitches where I serve as a coach and an evaluator. █

5 most revolutionary tech innovations It’s amazing how many errands one can run in the nick of time without having to burn an enormous amount of fuel to reach the service provider. With just a click of the finger one can manage to take care of a bill that would have cost him probably 6 liters of gas back in the day when technology didn’t give us any options. Technology has been evolving over the years, thanks to some great minds behind these advancements; life has become less cumbersome. A few decades ago a mere mortal wouldn’t envision the possibility of the luxury afforded by making a transaction in the comfort of his own home. But as technology keeps evolving at an incredible pace, it obviously dawns on people, even the non tech-savvy for better advancements. To appreciate the greatness of technological advancements, let’s look at 5 innovative ideas that have registered some great impacts in our society. They include:

Social Networks With the mushrooming of social networks, most of us are registered in at least one of them for various reasons. Apart from giving entrepreneurs a platform through which to market their services and products free of charge, this invention has spurred ‘citizen journalism’ so it’s now much easier to access breaking news just seconds after it happens since anyone can post the news on their social network pages for everyone in their circle to see. Let’s not forget how social networks like JamiiForums and the like have given strangers a platform through which to freely discuss significant issues that have great impact on the nation as a whole. Can you imagine how clueless we’d be of people’s opinions on crucial subjects of , say, the new constitution if we had no social network? Let’s leave that to the imagination.

Mobile Money transfers Before this came along, money transactions were in most cases handled by financial institutions, making the process even more cumbersome for the populace especially in the most remote areas of the country where banking services weren’t available. However, since the introduction of mobile money a few years ago, for the unbanked people in the rural areas it has taken the place of the bank. Instead of hiding money under mattresses, their cell phones serve them as banks.

This invention has also made the process of money transfers a lot easier aided by thousands of mobile agents everywhere. With mobile money we save ourselves a number of hours that we could have spent queuing to send even small amounts of money.

Mobile banking Along with mobile money, this innovation has simplified the process of banking transactions. Imagine before this service came along, the easiest way through which you could withdraw money from your account was by physically going to an ATM, but then imagine if you were at some village where there are no ATMs (as we know in some parts of the country there are no bank branches let alone ATMs) and needed some cash from your bank account. What if you need to transfer money or just the bank statement? Like mobile money, this innovation saves us a whole lot of time and quite convenient.

E-commerce Though this invention by a British entrepreneur came into being in 1980s and really picked up in 1990s, only a few years ago did it gain popularity in our society. About a decade ago it was regarded as something only the opulent would undertake, but as of recently it has really become an important tool of trade.█

Editor's Note•••JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014


Q: How did you get to fall in love with music? 6 My dad was a DJ. He did that as a side gig when he wasn’t working at his full time job. I think we were one of the few people who had a music system back in those days. That was my intro to music. But I fell in love with hip hop and started writing and rhyming when he was in high school and even then I wasn't too sure if I wanted to become a hip hop artist.

Q: So when did you decide you wanted to become a hip hop artist? Well, I had to complete school first. So when I completed school I started recording in 2003 but then life things happened and I lost track of my dreams. But in 2010 I came back into the game with a track called “Kila Saa” but the industry didn't really respond to it. And that's when I changed my target audience. I moved from doing songs in Swahili to do them in English. I recorded his first official track called Underdog Rise which will be on my upcoming mix tape.

Q: What do you aim to do with your music? Well I like to motivate people and make them realize that the situations they are in will not always be that way and that some days will get better. Like “Underdog Rise” speaks to artists that are still underground and are yet to be discovered. The song aims to give them some type of motivation that their day is yet to come.

Minutes with

Trigger Mcee entertainment

Tell us a bit about yourself: I was raised by two parents who later got divorced. I spent most of my years with my mom before she died and then moved back with my dad until he died. So I basically moved around a lot as a child, from one parent to another, from one neighborhood to another. 90


I have another track called “Champion” and it is also another motivational track, even though this one is more personal as it is about my life.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the future? I'd like to get more out there. I mean I have tracks I’ve done with people such as Cashmere who now goes by the name of Tywon, he was the best underground hip hop artist some years ago. I have also done a track with a Ghanian rapper called Kenzien. These will be on my oncoming mix tapes. I'm also looking to do some tracks with some local artists as well. █ @triggermcee Trigger Mcee aka Audio Terror

15 Minutes•••JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014


Was it a college or a correction institution for mad people? By Peter Muthamia


recent three-year stint in college reminds me that things have not changed a great deal since I was lastly in another college more than a decade ago. It is true that students are drawn from across different societies nationally and internationally and therefore, it acts as a pool for different types of sane but very mad people. In my humble opinion, there were characters that ought to have been sent to Mirembe home for mad people. In this column, I will talk about a few students who really made my stay in college worthwhile as follows;

Jane the sticky handed

It is an open secret that Jane, during my two years at the college was a famous kleptomaniac. In case you have no idea who a kleptomaniac is, I will clear the air for you. It is the kind of person whose hands itch for anything that is not theirs even when they have no use for it. They steal for the sake of stealing. In other words, she has such sticky hands that if you leave her in your room, do it at your own risk. Expect something to disappear. In women’s hostels, she was known to steal bras, panties, lipstick, bikinis and anything that she took fancy of. The other day she was frog marched to the VCs office carrying with her goods she had stolen.


Martin my mad roommate

He kept a huge portrait of semi-nude some musician I can’t recall. He also was notorious for playing music loudest when I was trying to understand a concept or type an assignment. I dug deep into my pocket to supply him with headphones. He was crazier than most mad people I have seen in the streets. Sometimes he read with a flashlight when the lights are on to the annoyance of the other roommates. I concluded that he needed to visit a psychiatrist. What made things worse is that he sleep walked and snored like an old Ford tractor. It took me months to get used to his excesses. 92


Miss Agnes ever missing in action

She packs up all of her things and tells her roommates that she is going away to "find herself". She will be back in about a few weeks before the exams. Nobody knows when she submits her assignments and CATS. All I know is that she is a straight “A” student come the end of the semester. I am told that whenever she needs to speak to her roommate, she does not do it directly. If she needs to ask or tell them something, goes to another room and calls them on the phone.

Miss nympho

She never gets enough of the men. From lecturers to the janitors, she can never keep her legs crossed. All a man needs is only to give the best of his smiles and she will give herself for a song. Thanks to the college’s non-interference when it comes to dressing for she dresses more like a prostitute than a student. Imagine a girl, though black, wears screaming red lipstick that reminds one of a horror movies scene. Then, add foundation applied on the black face that makes her resemble one wearing a Makonde mask. I have never really understood why anyone would shave their eyelashes only to line them with an eye pencil. As if that is not enough, she has half her head shaved and the remaining half dyed yellow. █

The Mad Man’s Diary:

Please sack my MP pronto or else...

The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of my MP Hon Prof. Akili Pungufu. Before being elevated (ehhh…demoted) from the level of a respected scholar to a mouthy MP, he was serving this country by teaching students at the university, a fairly lowly but a productive job nonetheless.

Today, he has been reduced to some party slogan-singing fool. He sees eats and breaths the party to the expense of the development. His By Mad Bloke on the Block formerly sharp mind that propelled I feel madder than yesterday and for your information, I am not the normal him through the university is now at sort of mad men or women you see on the roadside talking to the unseen. the same par with my kindergarten No! I am the mad sort who has seen the inside of a university’s lecture hall, daughter. He knows very well that I but am madder than folks in Dodoma’s Mirembe madhouse put together. will vote for him come the next elections. He can be sure that I will not! Come to think of it, bread was In other words, my madness is not something I could easily afford in easy to tell even though you hold His profile has changed too. In the recent past but after the last two the parliament, he thinks that the a PhD in psychiatry and I have no budgets, it has shot past the moon apologies to make to any one for more he shouts himself hoarse, with no intentions of ever coming to whom do I have to apologize the more I am likely to vote for now that everything in my life is back. This means that I cannot him. Here is where he goes wrong. headed to nowhere? bring it back on the table. I cannot I have a problem with a man who, make heads or tails of the current when given a chance to speak is a economic situation even with PhD’s dismal performer. He starts with a sitting in the lofty institutions that monotone, spends half of the time are meant to make my financial allotted thanking the almighty (but footing a lot better. The budget has of course!), he is a party head, his just been read but again, I have the mother, villagers who gave him a feeling that it has become a coschance to eat, his wife for making metic annual ritual – it serves the his bed (he has a harem of them) purpose of the donors (and looters), and finally his children for being and at the same time it is meant patient with him! The remaining to convince me that all is well – at session, he will be killing time disparleast, financially but against my will. Is aging the opposition for not seeing there anyone who would do some things in his narrow way. All this time, frog-jumps in celebration that our he will be paid his sitting, standing economic growth is soaring past 6 and snoozing allowance from the percent? taxpayer’s coffers. Now that it is a year to the general elections he is beginning to stir in his sleep but in Let’s put it this way; an average the meantime, mad people like me Tanzanian wakes up at the crack of are becoming madder. Poor soul; his dawn, takes breakfast that cannot days in the big house are numbered! feed a rat and prepares himself or █ herself to go out and meet the day’s challenges but comes home empty handed. The cycle goes on and on yet beautiful annual growth figures are laid on the table “proving” that this country is headed for better things by 2015. average Tanzanian wakes up at the crack of dawn, takes breakfast that cannot feed a rat and prepares himself or herself to go out and meet the day’s challenges but comes home empty handed

Campus Diary/Mad Man's Diary•••JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014


Our world revolves around the word ‘give-and-take’ By Peter Muthamia

Sometime back, I was guilty as charged for the use of what a reader termed as “vocabularies” in this magazine. He went further to say that he often needs a dictionary to grasp the content. Nothing could be further from the truth for our intention is not to punish you to read the magazine side by side with the dictionary. Instead, the magazine is standardized for you to grasp without having to strain – with an easy-to-read flow. We adhere to self-set rules and styles that address the issues of readability and legibility.


n this issue, I will however introduce a not-so-new word that is “reciprocity” without which our world could come to a grinding stop. The word means, giving back – the give-and-take virtue that is backbone of all relationships be they social or commercial. Do you put yourself only on the receiving and ignore the giving end? If so, you may take my word to the bank – you will never succeed in anything you do. Conversely, if you understand the principle, it works without fail just like gravity. Many of young people are aspiring to be leaders. Without understanding this golden rule of the thumb, you are likely never to rise above the tide of success.


It is on record that Google ranks among the world’s best employers. Imagine not having to walk or take a lift to the company mess for your lunch but instead, sliding from the second floor, the way kindergarten kids do? How about free meals, free cleanings, transport and other trappings that the company offers to its employees? Worker in such an institution are able to usurp all their skills and expend all their energies to the benefit of the company. They give back to the company consciously 94


and sometimes unconsciously. Similarly, people endowed with a giving hand are most likely to receive than stingy ones. If you give love to others, expect to receive love. Just like it written in the Bible that you cast thy bread on the waters and you will find it, so it is to give for it shall come back to you. In the same breath, rewarding people including those serving us such as house helps and office messengers is the noble thing to do. You increase your likeability to the said persons such that they feel honored to serve you. Whenever there is no reciprocity, the other person may feel not obliged to be of assistance to you. In some cases, they feel repulsed to your requests and demands. Give and take is reciprocity. All human beings crave for it even the most unaccommodating of them. Interestingly, those not inclined to giving are the most demanding. They always have the expectations as a rule that other people should be giving them – this is called selfishness and is the direct opposite of reciprocity. This trend may continue until the givers get tired of stretching their arms. As we part, I insist that for you to expect to reap in this world, also consider sowing.█

Parting Shot•••JULY - SEPTEMBER 2014


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Onspot magazine issue 11  

Tanzanian’s most trusted and informative magazine which aims to provide advice, insights on daily issues facing the youths while celebrating...

Onspot magazine issue 11  

Tanzanian’s most trusted and informative magazine which aims to provide advice, insights on daily issues facing the youths while celebrating...