YOUR FREE PRECISION AIR MAGAZINE Issue 98, April - June 2020
Seeds of Change
UGANDA INSPIRES DESIGNERâ€™S SUSTAINABLE STYLE
/ SQUAT LIKE THE HADZA / THE STORY OF SIFA THREADS / WOMEN-LED TECH HUBS / KENYAN DJ FULLY FOCUS
Page Title Contents
Sifa Threads – Page 11
Issue 98, April - June 2020
8 DJ FULLY FOCUS
The Kenyan-born turntablist on showcasing the sounds of Africa and never giving up
4 NEWS Paa Royal latest and Coronavirus update
11 SIFA THREADS
We take a closer look at the project turning marginalised young women into artisans
7 THE WISH LIST 28
14 DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF TRASHION
Designer Cecily Cracroft-Eley has found hope for the future of the fashion industry in Uganda
19 WOMEN TECH HUBS
Women-friendly tech hubs are spearheading the advancement of digital literacy in Tanzania
Mother’s Day gift ideas
27 COMPETITION Win one of Phoebe Ouma’s beautiful prints 22 TECH Noise-cancelling headphones
36 NO-NONSENSE TALK WITH SONA
24 VALERIE AMANI
The Dar artist on the courage required to be herself in writing, film and fashion
The Golden Nugget
28 A TRIUMPH OF TEAMWORK
Getting to the top of Kilimanjaro by wheelchair
30 HADZA SQUATS
Could Tanzanian tribe hold the key to sedentary office workers' health?
Birdies and plenty more wildlife on offer at stunning golf resort in Arusha Paa Tanzania
Precision Air Info 5 Paa News 37 Paa Royal Benefits 38 Route Network 39 Paa Contacts 40 Welcome Aboard
Cover picture of: Cecily Cracroft-Eley
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You Are Why We Fly. Patrick Mwanri Managing Director and CEO Precision Air Services Plc
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Protecting the health of our passengers The global spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 has had an effect on every facet of our daily lives and that includes air travel. During these uncertain times, Precision Air is doing everything in its power to protect the health of its valued passengers and to assist them in their upcoming travel plans.
Enhanced cleaning protocol across all our fleet The protection of passengersâ€™ health is priority number one for us. You are why we fly. We are proud to make sure we maintain hygiene when you travel with us to different places inside and abroad, but in light of the Covid-19 outbreak we
have stepped up procedures. We are following World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to clean and sanitise all our aircraft thoroughly and completely. We have enhanced the disinfection process of all surfaces on our aircraft, including seats, tray tables, windows screens, overhead compartments and toilets.
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confidence, knowing you have the flexibility to change your plans. Customers now have the option to change their ticket 48 hours prior to departure to a rearranged date. They can cancel their existing flight itineraries, retain the value of their tickets and rebook their travel at a later date, when they are able to firm up their new travel plans. The rebooking comes with no change fees as long as it is completed by June 30 and the rearranged flight occurs by March 30 2021 in the same booking class. A maximum of two changes are permitted free of charge. Normal penalties will be applicable on refunds. For queries, email pw-contactcentre@ precisionairtz.com Precision Air reserves the right to withdraw or revise the conditions with notice.
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'It's a homecoming': new flights to Mbeya Precision Air is relaunching its operations to the Songwe and Mbeya regions through Songwe Airport as part of our continued efforts to ensure that Tanzanians are reliably connected across the country. The city of Mbeya and the surrounding Mbeya Region are popular destinations for business travellers thanks to their trade links with Zambia and are also the gateway for tourists to the picturesque southern highlands of Tanzania. From April there will be daily flights to Songwe departing at 9.40 am from Dar es Salaam and arriving in Mbeya at 11.30 am. The return leg departs Mbeya at 12 pm arriving in Dar es Salaam at 1.50 pm. Precision Air’s marketing and corporate communications manager Hillary Mremi said: “We were excited to reopen this route as pioneers back in 2014. The return of the flights feels like a homecoming for us.”
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Images courtsey of: Diamond Platnumz
blow your brains out. Check them out! Q. What is it about bongo flava that speaks to you? A. It’s bongo flava – hip hop music
Nasibu Abdul Juma, popularly known by his stage name, Diamond Platnumz, is one of Africa’s most successful and influential music artists. Here, the bongo flava star talks about why his mother is his biggest fan and his Tandale upbringing.
infused with Afrobeat and traditional Tanzania styles such as taarab and dansi. This combination makes for a unique style of music. Q. Where would you pick for the ideal location for a first date in Tanzania? A. Big question! Tanzania has loads of amazing places to go on your first date – beaches, arts and culture cities, history reserves or even go for an all-outdoor experience. I might go on
Q. It seems you have always been
engaged in casual jobs like selling
my first date up the highest mountain
very popular with the ladies. How
second-hand clothes, being a filling
or the islands, depending on my
do you get on with your exes?
station attendant and a freelance
A. They all think I use them and dump
photographer, using a camera which
them! My song ‘Nenda Kamwambie’
wasn’t even mine.
is actually based on true happenings.
Q. What keeps you awake at night? A. Work, music and thoughts of being
Sad to say, but I went to the extent
Kamwambie was a story of my life. I
of secretly selling my mother’s gold ring
had one girl called Sarah. She was a
to pay for my first-ever studio session. I
smart, beautiful woman, but at that
am the boy from Tandale.
successful. Q. You recently collaborated with Ghana’s Stonebwoy and have
time I had nothing in my pocket. I loved her very much and I told her
Q. The album features collaboration
worked with Nigerian acts Davido
“You know I will be a star”, but she left
with a number of US rhythm and
and Wale. Is it important to you to
me when times weren’t favourable and
blues stars such as Ne-Yo and Rick
bring East and West Africa together?
I had nothing.
Ross. How are you dealing with your
A. Yes, very important. It’s part of
fame going worldwide?
the journey and we need to win by
Q. Your latest album is called ‘The
A. I am entertaining Tanzanians, while I
sharing love with our brothers and
Boy From Tandale’. How important
make history living my dream.
sisters who are not from Tandale,
was your upbringing in this part of
Dar es Salaam to the man we see
Q. When you’re out of the country
on tour, what do you miss about
A. My mother was my biggest fan. She
took me out to the talent shows and
A. I miss home all the time. Bongo
sung the lyrics that I wrote growing up.
music plays best in Tanzania, then East
My grandmother, mother and myself
Africa, then the rest of the world.
had to share a single room because we rented the other rooms so that we
Q. What artist on your record label
could keep up with our bills. The road
Wasafi Classic Baby should we be
to make it as an artist has not been
looking out for?
an easy one, I must confess. I have
A. They are all doing good and will
Diamond Platnumz misses Tanzania when he is away on tour
The wish list
Mother’s Day gift ideas Sunday, 10 May, is Mother’s Day in Tanzania. We have collected some gift ideas – all of which can be shipped globally – to show your mama what she means to you.
PERSONALISED MIXED SWEET TREE prezzybox.com This tree of sweets has a glass vase base full of chocolates and your mum’s favourite sweets on the branches. You can also further personalise it with a Mother’s Day message.
INSECT MANDALA WHITE thecuriousdepartment.com
SOPHIE ALLPORT PEONY WASH BAG BOX sophieallport.com
A luxurious and shimmering velvet cushions filled with duck feathers.
This fake leather and suede wash bag is perfect for storing your mum’s toiletries and makeup, ideal for travelling.
SOPHIE ALLPORT ZEBRA SLEEP MASK sophieallport.com Every purchase of these blackout eye masks contributes to the zebrasupporting work of the Zoological Society of London.
PROVENCE CANDLE petitsrituels.com
A luxurious A calming and healing aromatherapy candle made with essential lavender, rose and ylang ylang oils and 100 per cent natural waxes.
LOVE CORAL CUSHION COVER audenza.com
This velvet cushion cover will bring a dash of colour to your mother’s sofa.
MUM’S GIFT BOX postboxed.co.uk
TED BAKER MAGNOLIA A5 NOTEBOOK annabeljames.co.uk
A selection of gifts to make your mum feel truly special and all packaged in a letterbox-friendly box.
This beautiful 192-page pink notebook is the perfect gift for any stationery lover.
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Kenya DJ Fully Focused
‘No-one owes you anything. You have to make it happen’ Kenyan DJ Fully Focus has become one of the most sought-after turntablists in the world, renowned for his electric stage presence and eclectic set lists drawing on the latest releases from Africa as well as his adopted US home. Here the self-taught DJ – born Michael Ndung’u in Nairobi – reveals the hustle required to break into the big time, the goal-driven mindset that inspired his DJ name and why the radio host, mixtape specialist and entrepreneur is spending so much time in the Kenyan capital again.
Q. You were just 15 when you left
Chaka to Earth, Wind & Fire. I got
too ahead of themselves too soon and
Nairobi for Kentucky in the US, yet
exposed to everything musically from
think the work is done. It has only just
African music has always been
explain its appeal?
Q. African music seems to have
Q. I have read quotes from you
A. When you first go to a foreign land
undergone a huge upsurge in global
where you speak movingly about
you want to connect with what’s
popularity, due in part to artists
the persistence that was required
familiar. For me it was important I
such as yourself spreading the word
in establishing your DJ name.
represent my African culture because
at your shows and with your mixes.
What is it about DJing that you are
I was proud of it and I never wanted
How does that make you feel?
crucial to your sound. Can you
to get lost in the foreign culture and
A. It feels great for the world to finally
to forget where i came from.
see what I and others saw and have been trying to push for years. But it’s
so passionate about and which Tastemaker
DJ Fully Focus is known for breaking songs by African artists
enables you to focus beyond these challenges? A. I think everyone has a God-given
What are your earliest memories of
only the beginning, there’s still so
purpose and until you find it, you’ll
much to be done in regards to owner-
never be fully fulfilled. Once you do,
A. Growing up my Mum and aunties
ship. We need to own the culture, then
it becomes your passion and you’re
and uncles always played music in
be diverse, we need to showcase all of
willing to do whatever it takes to
the house so I would hear everything
Africa not just one or two countries. So
make it work. Mine just so happened
from Michael Jackson to Kenny
my hope is African artists, the industry
to be DJing so naturally I have done
Rogers to ABBA to Yvonne Chaka
and continent as a whole don’t get
everything I can to make the most
Images courtsey of: DJ Fully Focus
DJ Fully Focus
out of it. But in order to overcome
important part and also the hardest
song in Rwanda is most likely not the
the challenges that come with any
because it takes hours and hours of
same as Angola or Nigeria and most
purpose you have to be persistent,
research to dig out the gems. The
don’t have standardised charts to get
without that you’ll give up every time
biggest challenge is that African music
this info so it takes a lot of research,
you hit a brick wall like being brushed
is still so all over the place compared
listening to radio stations, mixes, social
off or rejected by a radio station
to other genres. In Hip Hop, Rock,
media conversations and videos. Once
programme director every week for
EDM or Reggaeton you can just go
you find the tracks then arranging
nine months. It all comes down to one
to Billboard and other charts and see
them so the whole thing makes sense
question – how bad do you want it?
what’s current and which new songs
from beginning to end is the next key
No one owes you anything. It’s up to
people are feeling then go from there.
part. The extras – such as scratching
you to make it happen.
With African music the list varies by
and drops – are just the icing, but not
country. What may be the hottest
necessary to complete the cake.
Q. You produce a lot of mixtapes, such as Africa Now with Major Laser. What, for you, is the secret to putting together a good one? A. Yea, that’s been a blessing, but to answer your question selection and flow are key for sure. Finding the right songs to put on the mix is the most
In order to overcome the challenges that come with any purpose you have to be persistent
Q. You are considered a tastemaker for the African music and an early play on one of your mixtapes can be a huge boost for an up and coming artist. Do you get a thrill from introducing new artists to the world and can you tell us about any www.precisionairtz.com
Kenya DJ Fully Focused
Q. Do you source a lot of new music on your travels in Africa? How often are you back in Nairobi? A. Yes, travelling helps me learn about new music that sometimes hasn’t crossed the borders and to this day it’s one of my biggest thrills and joys. I still get so excited when i discover a hot local record before it blows and so I’m quick to break it everywhere else, then to see it explode and grow and see that artist’s career and life change is such a great thing to see. For the most part I’ve been living in Nairobi the last year which has been amazing. I love that place. The love and energy is unmatched. Q. Some DJs can be a little anonymous on stage, but you have a reputation as an electric performer. Do you think that’s important? A. Thanks. I like to give people an unforgettable time so that electricity you’re talking about is all done for their enjoyment. Like I said before I think everyone should find what East African artists you have been
and yes I have always continued to
work with local DJs to help boost them
A. Placement is key, I’m proud to
on my platforms whenever I can. But
say this is how I introduced several
the majority seem to just be copying
appreciate it. Funnily enough, I used
artists or songs on past mixes. I am
what the next person is doing – partly
to be very shy on stage, but over time
currently playing Bruce Melodie from
due to social media – rather than
as I got more comfortable, i evolved.
Rwanda, SamiDan from Ethiopia, Slap
creating their own style. The era I come
Now you can’t get me to leave the
Dee from Zambia, Khaligraph from
the last thing you want to do is sound
stage, it’s my home.
Kenya, Fik Fameica from Uganda and
or look like someone else. Originality
Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania as well
is priceless and a key to longevity in
as many more.
the business. I also think DJs should stop making these Acid Pro computer
Focus has entertained crowds around the world
works for them then perfect it, some of my favourite DJs are very chill but they do it so well you have got to
• A new single by Fully Focus, ‘Container’, featuring Tanzanian artist Ay as well as Zambian rappers Jorzi and Slapdee, is available now.
Q. You are an inspiration to many
generated mixes as it is setting
budding African DJs. Do you see
themselves up for failure when a client
the standard improving and are
hires them thinking they’ll sound like
local DJs a part of your Passport
they did on the mix only to find out
DJ Fully Focus will be returning to Nairobi this year with
the opposite. I’d rather you hear errors
his multi-cultural music festival the Passport Experience,
A. Firstly, I’m grateful for the influence
on my mix so at least when you hire
which showcases the best in Afrobeat, Soca, dancehall,
so big up all DJs putting in the work.
me you know I’m not perfect but I am
hip hop, reggaetron and EDM. To keep up to date with
As for standards there’s a few here and
exactly as you heard me, no surprises
his live show calendar and music releases, follow him on
there that have caught my attention
Crafting a creative future for our young women Sifa Threads teaches young marginalised women a range of crafting skills in its intensive and spiritual two-year courses. Just how well it teaches its students is evident in the resulting spectacular range of one-off handcrafted clothes, gifts and accessories that can be bought from its Dar es Salaam centre or online
ll Sifa Threads’ handmade
selected female students in its two-year Sifa
wallets and washbags, screen printed
products hold a story. Each stitch,
T-shirts and headbands. Every shilling made
each screen-printed or batik-
The women are trained in crafts such as
in sales goes back into the project.
dyed design is a step in a young women’s
hand-stitching, fabric dying, screen printing
creative development, learning skills that
and design work on clothing. Only Tanzanian
will go on to provide a livelihood for them
textiles and upcycled fabrics are used to
Every two years 20 new students begin the
and help support their loved ones.
create a range of beautiful, singular products,
programme and are taught by a team of
which are available to purchase online and
skilled artisans, many of them volunteers.
The NGO was set up to equip marginalised young women in Tanzania with artisanal
at select stores in the US and Sifa’s idyllic
skills and the insight of Christian teachings.
centre and workshop in Mbezi Beach, Dar es
whether to browse and buy finished
Each one-of-a-kind product sold by Sifa
Salaam. The choice includes batik hand-dyed
products, have a tour of the workshop, take
Threads is hand-made by the specially
pillowcases and kimonos, leather backpacks,
a batik class taught by staff and students
Visitors are welcome to visit Sifa Threads,
(bookings can be made online) or to drop by the airy onsite café The Loft with its beautiful balcony.
Boutique in a Box The public can also play a role in
Chiffon Sifa’s chiffon is selected from Zanzibar. Working with chiffon is not an easy skill to develop, but students typically learn this beautifully, which opens up a wide range of viable, specialised, women’s couture.
spreading the word about the wealth of beautiful work produced by Sifa at its Dar centre and satellite bases in churches and businesses across Tanzania by holding Sifa Threads parties. Sifa will send out its Boutique in a Box – an assortment of more than 80 handcrafted goods, including some experimental or new products – by UPS to individuals. They can then invite their friends around and show off the garments, gifts and accessories and then return a cheque for purchased items along with any unsold goods. For more details, visit the sifathreads.com
Need to know To find out more about the work of Sifa Threads and to browse its online catalogue, visit sifathreads.com The Loft cafe is open for tea, coffee and snacks from 8.30 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday. To apply to be a volunteer at the NGO or sponsor a student, email Stephanie Boon at email@example.com
Batik From pillows, headbands to wraps, batik – in which coloured designs are dyed onto textiles – is a technique used in many of Sifa Threads’ products. Students also learn how to apply wax designs, which add beautiful detail to fabric. Batik is a very popular style worn by men and women locally. Sifa students who have an eye for design typically enjoy creating new ways of dyeing, developing patterns and learning how colours work together to make beautiful products.
BUY IT: Batik hand-dyed wrap US$ 20
Clothing Most of Sifa Threads’ clothing is sold in its shop in Dar es Salaam and is bespoke for the client. This is an important aspect of developing students’ ability to measure correctly and fit clothing to a client’s figure. The girls do not use a pattern, instead they listen to the client, look at a picture brought in, or make their own drawings to develop each piece. It is an incredible skill.
BUY IT: Lace back T-shirt US$ 15
Variety Apart from our regular production, Sifa Threads allows time for creative development. The organisation encourages its students to explore their creativity. Some of these are experimental or new products in the Boutique in a Box.
Pillows Each pillow has the fingerprints of students just starting out to those who are nearly graduating. Pillow making develops skills such as hand stitching, cutting, using a pattern, proportions in design, zipper placement, using a serger (for trimming seams) and overlocking techniques, and for some pillow designs, developing patterns, batik dyeing and wax print.
BUY IT: Kids’ ‘Explore
Tanzania’ pillow shapes US$ 15
Screen Printing Several pillow designs use screen-printing. The process involves drawing the design or using a photograph to create a digital drawing. This is then printed on a simple HP printer. The print is then placed on top of the silk screen, using the sun to burn the design. Direct sunlight is required for this and Dar certainly provides plenty of that.
Leatherwork requires precision, attention to detail, as well as learning to sew with a different medium. Sifa Threads’ students who have excelled in this skill are able to make shoes, highend purses and bags, jewellery and other custom orders from locally purchased leather.
BUY IT: Tazara leather backpack US$ 185
The screen can then be used to print the artwork onto a fabric. This single skill can create an entire business platform for students. Outside of the pillows, the girls have used this skill to print T-shirts for local schools and other jobs outside of Sifa Threads. A new line of products – called ‘Methali’ the Kiswahili word for ‘proverb’ – has grown out of the screen-printing work. Photographs taken by street photographer Chris Vickio are turned into screen prints with an accompanying proverb.
Ugandan fashion Images courtsey of: Cecily Cracroft-Eley
Designer sowing the seeds of change
against fast fashion
Disillusioned by the unethical practices of the fashion industry, knitwear graduate Cecily Cracroft-Eley found hope for the future in the crafting communities of Uganda that helped put together her celebrated and sustainable collection.
he seeds of Cecily Cracroft-
strutted in trousers or mini-dresses
when she worked with the Kanyogoa
Eley’s graduation show
sequined with layer upon layer of
Mums, a group of women and single
at Central St Martins,
hand-cut metal and leather discs or
mothers from one of the Kampala’s
London’s world-renowned arts
dazzled in flowing screen-printed
largest slums who specialise in
and design college, were sown in
robes decorated with nzimbi shells.
handcrafts as a way to earn an
Kampala. Here among the crafting
It was an unforgettable celebration
income and become financially
communities, the fashion designer
of traditional crafts and the
found a sustainable antidote to the
handmade as well as a well-directed
unethical practices in the industry
kick at the role fast fashion is having
Sharing her skills
she witnessed while interning as a
in escalating the global climate crisis.
Cracroft-Eley began teaching pattern
Cracroft-Eley says: “Valuing the
cutting and crochet with the women,
student in Paris. There were also plenty of seeds
process of time serves both as
but the learning went both ways with
up there on the catwalk with the
a therapy and a protest against
the mums passing on a new beading
handcrafted collection made mainly
the voracious cycle of the fashion
technique using nuts and seeds. They
from natural materials sourced
treadmill which weaves obsolescence
also proved the perfect collaborators
from Uganda. Models strode the
into the very fabric of its garments.”
in the time intensive, exclusively
catwalk like stunning survivors of an
The knitwear graduate first visited
handmade work – the hundreds of
apocalyptic world. Some peeked out
Uganda working for the Paper Fig
discs that add a shimmer to garments
from gigantic breast plates strung
Foundation, which promotes the
were each cut by hand from sheets of
with hundreds of walnut shells and
local fashion industries in East Africa.
copper – Cracroft-Eley was set on.
with shoulder pads to shame an
She then returned to the country for
“The Kanyogoa Mums are an
American NFL footballer while others
her degree course placement year
incredible group of women. They helped me to hand crochet the pieces for my collection in return
Incorporating sustainability into everything I do is of course a challenge but there is no other option for me and it is only one of a number of challenges.
for financial support. I also worked with local artisans and craftswomen in Kigali, who worked on hand embroidery and accessories.” The year in Uganda led to CracroftEley becoming “obsessed” by local, traditional crafts and to seeing www.precisionairtz.com
supportive communities of artists
named it ‘Etaka’, the Luganda word
be harvested repeatedly over
such as Kanyogoa as the way forward
for the red earth that settles like dust
dozens of years, meaning it is both
if the fashion industry is to become
on every surface. The collection also
an environmentally friendly and
truly sustainable. She is now back
drew on the rich range of natural
among the mums.
resources available in the country.
“My plan is to keep working
Seeing the ingenuity of largely self-taught local artisans in sourcing
with Kanyogoa Mums so they can
Garments made from bark
continue to earn an income from
“I was particularly inspired by local
also liberating to Cracroft-Eley, who
their beautiful craftwork. I have fallen
Ugandan materials such as bark
relished the opportunity to share
in love with Uganda. It has become a
cloth, matembe [seeds], and nsimbi
skills and to have her creativity
second home to me and I find it the
[cowrie shells],” says Cracroft-Eley.
challenged by a new environment.
most inspiring place on earth.
“Barkcloth is a traditional Ugandan
“When I first arrived in Kampala
Cracroft-Eley’s collection, which
natural materials for their work was
fabric harvested from the indigenous
I was working with emerging local
was shortlisted for the prestigious
Mutuba tree. The tree is not harmed
fashion designers, understanding
MullenLowe Nova Awards, is so
during harvesting, rather the bark
the context of their practice and
steeped in her time in Uganda she
of the tree regenerates and can
the challenges they face,” she says.
Top five Ugandan fashion designers Cecily Cracroft-Eley has been inspired by the craftsmanship and natural resources of Uganda, but the country also has its own talented designers making a name for themselves.
Anita Beryl Anita Beryl launched luxury fashion brand Beryl Qouture in 2011 and it has gone on to become one of Uganda’s most popular fashion design houses with an emphasis on high couture and ready-to-wear items. Her designs are available to buy online from all over the world or from the brand's store in Kampala’s Tirupati Mazima Mall. Beryl has won a host of awards for her work, including the Creative Fashion and Design prize for her wedding wear from the Ugandan Registration Services Bureau. For more details, visit the website at theberylqouture.com
Santa Anzo Anzo is a Ugandan model, fashion designer and businesswoman, who is
the founder and chief designer at fashion house Arapapa, which means ‘butterfly’ in her native Madi language. She is also the founder and president of Uganda International Fashion Week, an annual fashion exhibition in Kampala. Her work has also been seen on the catwalk at Kenya Fashion Week, Mozambique Fashion Week and Swahili Fashion Week in Dar es Salaam.
Sylvia Owori Owori is one of the leading figures in East Africa’s fashion, media, and modelling industries. She was responsible for turning the
Miss Uganda beauty pageant into one of the biggest events on the country’s social calendar, founded the magazine ‘African Woman’ and launched her own modelling agency, Zipa Models. She also has her own fashion outlet, ‘Sylvia Owori, selling a range of unisex T-shirts, kaftans, wrap dresses, tote bags, skirts and shoulder bags. Visit the Facebook site @SylviaOworiFashion
Brenda Maraka Maraka is a textile designer who has dressed A-list stars such as Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and sells her work globally through her fashion label Brendamaraka. Visit her Facebook page to see her range of bridal wear, occasion outfits and underwear. She is also a
“Almost all the designers I met
chance to leave the fast fashion
are doing amazing things, not
world behind in the traditional
only for themselves but also for
methods used here and has found
their communities. I think what I
a like-minded community merging
found particularly amazing is their
creativity and sustainability.
resourcefulness and desire to give
sustainability into everything I do is
when they don't have much means
of course a challenge but there is no
themselves by which to do it. It is
other option for me, and it is only
really the talent and the passion
one of a number of challenges. I find
that drives it. Due to a lack of arts
such challenges push me to be more
education here, most designers are
creative in my approach. You have to
self-taught, which whilst having
find alternatives to everything which
limitations, ensues in their designs a
teaches you more in the process.”
Cracroft-Eley has relished the
A model wearing part of Cecily CracroftEley's graduation collection
She says: “Incorporating
back to their community, particularly
clear spirit of freedom and creativity.”
Craftsmanship is the future For Cracroft-Eley these ancient crafts have never been more modern and necessary, which is why she is now back in Uganda and the country's influence will continue to be felt in her future work. “My love for craftsmanship is something that grows every day. It
useful golfer, recently winning the ladies’ section of the Kenya Day Golf Tournament.
Sheila Lukwanzi After studying in Paris at the renowned IFA fashion school, Lukwanzi returned to Kampala to launch her own eponymous fashion label, producing an annual collection of unique, made-inUganda dresses. Described as a hijab fashionista by Ugandan style website Satisfashion UG, her look blends modesty and elegance with nods to her style icon Quatar's Sheikha Moza. Visit her Facebook site @sheilalukwanzi
is for this reason I always place huge emphasis on the handmade in my work. Considering how far fashion has gone in the other direction, a return to craft and the handmade, is perhaps the most modern thing we can do as designers in my opinion.” For more information on CracroftEley’s work, visit cecilyophelia.com
Women Tech Hubs Images courtesy of: SheCodesForChange
Pushing women to be tech trailblazers in Tanzania This year it seemed more relevant than ever that global celebrations to mark International Womenâ€™s Day on 8 March were followed in Tanzania by its Innovation Week. Claudine Muthama looks at how innovation and technology are changing our lives and how women are playing a leading role in these changes.
nown as SiliconDar, the area of
centre stage. Itâ€™s visible proof that
Dar es Salaam on Bagamoyo
the city is benefitting from investing,
Road between Bamaga and
developing and engaging in
Morocco junction is home to the commercial capitalâ€™s community of
technology and innovation. A remarkable twist in the
innovators, technology enthusiasts
development of innovation and
and entrepreneurs. Technology and
technology in Tanzania has been the
innovation thrive here as tech-based
rise of female-focused tech solutions
companies and innovations take
and services with recent ventures www.precisionairtz.com
Women Tech Hubs including She Codes for Change, Ndoto hub, Apps for Girls, Techchix Tanzania and Safe Space Co. They are all providing essential training, business incubation and professional support to bridge digital gender inequality in Tanzania. They are also supporting the career paths for girls pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at school and college. She Codes for Change provides training on coding to girls from age 13 years and, according to the She Codes for Change pitch deck, has to date reached over 1,000 girls. The initiative is well placed to anticipate the future of how people will work, innovate and live with technology in daily life. Girls are taught to solve challenges they encounter in their communities through applications or coding programs. As the late Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan said: â€œThere is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.â€? Below are a selection of the female-focused
Girls in an ICT class
Young African deader
tech initiatives in Tanzania making
is also a member of the technical
aims to catapult girls on a trajectory
positive contributions to quality of
advisory group of Global Sickle Cell
out of poverty to productivity,
life and society.
disease research Network as well
with an emphasis on creative
as co-chair for the working group
responsible for Hydroxyurea therapy
Farmers in Tanzania can now access
– medication used to reduce the
financing for agriculture with
number of attacks – in Africa.
Media is being used for positive
more ease, thanks to Rose Funja’s
change at Ubongo – a children’s
innovation AgrInfo. The service uses
Dageno Girls Centre
drones to profile the location, size
This training in Karetu, Arusha, was
millions of families through its
and produce of rural farms quickly
set up to equip girls with practical
cartoons and games. Through
and accurately. Farmers use this
skills and design thinking to provide
the ‘Akili and Me’ edutainment
information to verify that they are
solutions in their communities.
programme, children are exposed
credit worthy when requesting loans
Dageno means ‘many girls’ in the
to positive role models and gender
from finance institutions. Rose’s
local Iraqw language and the centre
norms for girls and women all over
efforts earned her the Young African
is currently home to 100 students
Tanzania. The show helps children
Leaders Initiative (YALI) award in 2014.
supported to continue in secondary
develop numeracy, pre-literacy,
education. In addition to ten
language and socio-emotional skills
academic subjects, the girls learn
in both Kiswahili and English.
The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania Individuals with sickle cell disease
communication, entrepreneurial leadership, and life skills. Dageno
edutainment company that reaches
According to Unesco, less than 30 per cent of researchers engaged in
have reason to hope for better,
creating new scientific knowledge
healthier lives thanks to the work
or developing software are women.
of Dr Julie Makani, founder of The
Tanzania is certainly onboard with
Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania. She has carried out impressive medical research work on the disease, winning the Royal Society Pfizer award for her efforts in sickle cell anaemia research. She
It is evident that women and tech are the dynamic duo making Tanzania better one innovation at a time.
a global movement to address this imbalance. It is evident that women and tech are the dynamic duo making Tanzania better one innovation at a time.
Paa Tech / Noise-cancelling headphones
The sounds of silence A good set of noise-cancelling headphones come in handy if you want to immerse yourself in your favourite music, podcasts or audio books, but they are just as crucial if you don’t want to listen to anything at all. We take a look at some of the best examples on the market to tune out with.
BANG & OLUFSEN BEOPLAY H9 Credit: Bang & Olufsen / bang-olufsen.com
For those audiophiles who don’t mind paying top dollar for a sense of elegance around their ears, the H9 is truly a thing of beauty. It has a cowhide leather headband and cloth underside with four padded quadrants that fit around your ears rather than on them for ultimate comfort. It also boasts up to 25 hours of battery life and touch interface so you can operate your phone and consult Google Assistant. The noise
SONY WH-1000XM3 Credit: Sony / sony.com
cancellation is as good as you’d expect from a
Sony has upped its noise-cancelling tech with its M3. Constant, consistent sounds such
supremo such as Bose, but the predominance
as an aircraft’s engine and the hubbub of a busy office are blocked out and replaced with
of the lower registers in the music playback
some of the best audio quality available at this price. In fact, sound reproduction is so
swamps everything but the most bass-heavy of
good it can reveal sonic flaws in the original recording, but you can hardly blame Sony
for that. The headphones are also supremely comfortable to wear for extended periods.
bang-olufsen.com US$ 580
amazon.com US$ 347
BEATS SOLO PRO
CLEER FLOW II
Credit: Beats / beatsbydre.com
No headphones have quite the cachet among the young and streetwise set as the Beats collection. No surprise when you
Credit: Cleer / cleeraudio.com
DENON AH-GC30 Credit: Denon / denon.com
Cleer packs a lot of features into headphones which are, in this company, at the
consider the company was founded by US
Japanese electronics company Denon
cheaper end of the market. Its headphones
hip hop icon Dr Dre and many of today’s top
started producing wireless headphones a
have always excelled in sound quality and
music stars such as DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj
decade ago and is now considered a world
the company’s latest model, the Cleer Flow
and Pharrell Williams – who designed the
leader. Its latest model, the AH-GC30, is
II, is no exception with a good, clear sound
latest six-strong choice of foldaway Matte
packed with latest generation noise-cancel-
across all frequency ranges. The noise
coloured headphones – are also associ-
ling technology such as dual microphones
cancellation on these headphones is pretty
ated with the brand. But there is plenty of
with three modes for air travel, commuting
good too. Sure, it’s probably not of the same
craft behind the cool. There are three noise
and the office. If you need to stay reachable
standard as the likes of Sony and Bose, but
cancelling settings depending on whether
while listening, the Ambient monitor lets
it’s still good at cutting out the majority
you want to be immersed in your music,
you hear the outside world with just a tap on
of outside noise. Even with this feature
need to stay aware of your surroundings or
the headphones. The adjustable headband
enabled, the headphones offer a battery
can do away with the noise cancelling and
and memory foam earcups are ideal for
life of around 20 hours – enough to get you
benefit from 40 hours of battery life. You can
long use and travel and extended listening
through a full day of travel. It is also to link via
also access Apple virtual know-it-all Siri on
is popular with 20 hours battery life from a
Bluetooth to your phone’s Google Assistant
iOS devices with hands-free voice control.
single two-hour charge. Impressive.
for voice-controlled advice.
johnlewis.com US$ 348
cleeraudio.com US$ 320
presenting at Fakugesi Festival in South Africa
‘You have to be crazy, passionate and hungry to be an artist’ Multi-media artist Valerie Amani reveals why she has always tried to express her individuality in her writing, film works and fashion, even if that means challenging convention.
rtist Valerie Asiimwe Amani is fond
multi-faceted. Her work combines an
of referring to herself as a “hybrid”.
array of artistic insights. The Pathological
Her recent debut solo exhibition
Museum show – which had a 45-day
’The English You Ate'
‘The Pathological Museum’ explored the
residency at development programme
amalgamation of colonial and post-
ARK in Kigamboni – included work in
independence influences on her and other
film, fashion, sculpture, poetry and digital
millennials and her upbringing was spread
imaging. Amani works across a wide range
her works. In 2016 Amani even chose to
between stays in South Africa, Zimbabwe
of mediums in exploring what it means
talk on the importance of owning one’s
and Rwanda before she returned to her
to be a modern artist. She is a published
own individuality at a TedX event in
birthplace Dar es Salaam to live and work.
writer – the second edition of Black Amara,
Latest project 'Shadows From the
from The Pathological Museum
a collection of poetry and short stories by
It’s a theme to the fore in her 2019
North' also probes the complexity of her
Amani and Charmaine Mojapelo, is to be
video installation 'Undoing', a love letter
origins. The collaboration with Tanzanian
released in the coming months – has set up
to black women in which she calls on
photographer Asteria Malinzi charts a literal
her own fashion line, Kahvarah, and worked
them to embrace their natural beauty
journey of discovery for the two artists into
as a freelance stylist, graphic designer and
rather than conform to the homogenising
the secret history of their upbringing. It’s
ideals of skin bleaching and hair weaving.
a search, Amani says, for the “stories that
It’s also to be found in her affecting
were never passed down, names that were
Themes of identity
never whispered and objects that were
All these artistic pursuits come together
to being called a ‘mkwerekwere’ (an
in Amani’s drive to be understood and to
offensive term for foreigner) during her
The way Amani presents these
understand herself. Themes of identity –
time in South Africa.
complexities in her art is comparably
be it sexual, racial or cultural – abound in
poem Belonging, in which Amani reacts
Amani has found art to be a way to
Images courtesy of: Valerie Amani
unpick the layers of hurt and to tell her own story. “It’s impossible to make work about another person,” she says.
Valerie Amani with Asteria Malinzi
Revealing yourself – often literally, Amani puts her own body on display in much of her work – takes courage. On her website, Amani describes her videos as “the bravest and most vulnerable parts of my conscious”. Our interview is conducted in an unused studio at Nafasi Arts Space – Dar’s vibrant arts centre where Amani used to be visual arts programmer – where she tells me the raw honesty of her work is part of staking her claim in a still male-dominated arts world. “It’s still a patriarchal society,” she says. “Choosing to have this hair [when we speak, the striking Amani is sporting purple braids], exploring my femininity and finding respect or demanding it has been challenging. But I have harnessed the strength and power of women and it has made me stand out. It has made people think about the female body."
Risk taker “There has to be a rawness in the creative process. You have to be crazy, passionate and hungry to be an artist,” she says. “It requires taking a risk and being unafraid to not fit in.” Amani has had her time pursuing conformity. Despite being an artistic child – she wrote poetry, loved to draw and entered her first fashion competition at age 15 – she followed the recommendations of her father, a now retired investment advisor and advocate, and took an economics degree at Rhodes University, in South Africa. However, it was soon clear her passion lay elsewhere. “I always felt art was there with me during my time at college,” she says. “I was studying economics, but I would hang with the art kids.” In the final year of her course she brought her first sewing machine and started making her own clothes that she and her friends would model. www.precisionairtz.com
Amani says: “I loved to deconstruct things. I would cut up new clothes to make my own. I was mesmerised by the fashion shows I saw.” The economics degree was followed
supportive of me. They get it now and don’t
backdrop to the sight of a visiting artist from
think I’m crazy,” she says.
Berlin, Germany, tattooing himself. Other
She also has the support of a thriving arts
recent collaborations with European artists
scene in Dar es Salaam, thanks in part to her
include work with Norwegian-Tanzanian
role at Nafasi. As well as co-ordinating events
writer and photographer Angelique Culvin.
by one in fashion at the FEDISA Fashion
and mentoring new talent, Amani has a multi-
School in Cape Town. Soon after she was
disciplinary group of artists to act as sounding
work. She has recently returned from
building her clothing brand Kahvarah – a
board for her own ideas.
speaking at the Centre for African Studies, in
family business, the name is derived from a
“Nafasi has opened doors for me,” she says.
International interest is growing in Amani’s
Edinburgh, UK, and this year she was among
combination of Amani and her siblings’ first
“You feel like there is a community here to
the artists featured in an exhibition at the
names – and co-founding digital agency RR
bounce ideas off.”
Fellows of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles,
As for those ideas, Amani says “the crazier,
in the US. Magician: The Black Body and
the better”. As proof, just a few days after we
Portraiture focuses on contemporary artists’
career reroute at first, but they are onboard
spoke a one-off live show on the Nafasi stage
identification of the black experience.
now. “My mum and dad are 100 per cent
saw video footage by Amani providing the
Her parents may not have understood the
The images of Amani’s selected – some new, some from previous collections – portray black women as goddesses. Amid the hybrid influences of handed-down history, there is beauty and Amani is celebrating it her own way.
Double edge (a poem taken from The Pathological Museum)
Multi media artist
(Clockwise from top left) A still from video piece 'The Return', the latest Black Amara collection and Amani at work as artist in residence in Maputo, Mozambique
Can you come a little closer I want to see the parts of you That were bartered in The parts of you that are made Of sisal and coffee And chaga proverbs I want to see the parts of you You used to love Your name That beautiful french name That once made you feel better The name which now whispers “Take me home’ “emmène moi chez toi’’ But your body Still looks like both of Your grandmothers while your tongue looks like A good education Come closer Let me strip you bare So you can see how You have become both The saviour And the sword
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Kilimanjaro Wheelchair Ascent
The big push to the top of Kilimanjaro Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is a tough task for anyone, but for four paraplegic climbers it was the ultimate challenge. This year, thanks to the latest in durable climbing chairs and a team of Tanzanian and international alpinists, the quartet’s lifelong dreams to reach the ‘roof of Africa’ were realised. Here writer Howard Blas, who was part of the expedition, reveals the collective effort involved.
the Caribbean island of Aruba and Israel as well as Texas, Montana, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey in the United States. Other hikers with physical disabilities who participated in the climb included Starla Hilliard-Barnes of Utah, a twice-paralysed participant; Marcela Maranon, an amputee who is also a paraplegic; and Arnon Amit, paralysed in a car accident during his time in the Israel Defense Forces.
State-of-the-art chair It was a big operation. Climbers were accompanied by three cooks, 11 guides and 70 porters. The latter carried all participants’ clothing and sleeping bags as well as their food, water and cooking
climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The
architect and co-ordinator Sabino ‘Sabi’
both at the huts and along the route.
44-year-old Tanzanian father of
Kweka – a former porter and guide, who
Regular food breaks were crucial: daily
three grew up at the base of the dormant
is now owner of the popular Moshi tour
mileage ranged from 3.1 miles on the accli-
volcano and has family members who
operator Popote Africa Adventures –
mation days, to 13.7 miles during the final
have worked as porters, yet he never had
suggested John be included in the expedi-
midnight to sunrise ascent to the summit.
the opportunity to attempt the strenuous,
tion. Kweka had drawn up the expedition
The climb was made possible for the
multi-day trek to the top. As a teenager,
to follow the Marangu route, also known
participants with paraplegia thanks to the
the talented student and soccer player was
as the Coca Cola trail, and to involve
Patatrek Trekker, a durable chair designed
struck with an acute illness that left him
overnight stays in the Mandara Hut (2,700
by Israeli participant Omer Zur, who is
paralysed and dependent on crutches and
metres), Horombo Hut (3,700 metres), and
the chief executive of the Israeli Paratrek
a wheelchair to get around.
the Kibo Hut (4,700 metres) on the way up.
company. He designed the special chair
The group would then attempt the final
to enable his paralysed father to enjoy
reaching the summit never left him and
all-night ascent to the 5,895-metre Uhuru
outdoor adventures with friends with and
this February he saw it come true – thanks
rnold John always dreamed of
Despite his condition, John’s dream of
Lassner was delighted when the climb’s
supplies. Cooks provided kosher meals
Lassner said: “Every day people with
Each trekker was pulled, pushed and
(FAISR), an organisation promoting
disabilities face many personal mountains
guided by a dedicated team of six porters.
accessibility and inclusion, and 27 fellow
to climb, some visible but most hidden.
Participants without disabilities divided
climbers – including three others with
They are no different than anyone else
into teams – Team Marcela, Team
as they have the same dreams, desires,
Starla, Team Arnon and Team
hopes, and aspirations including ‘bucket
Arnold – and hiked
to the support of Friends of Access Israel
The Kilimanjaro climb was the brainchild of the executive director of FAISR, James Lassner, and drew the support of the organisation’s collaborative partner, Access Israel.
The FAISR Kilimanjaro 2020 Team included hikers from
We made it
Image Courtesy of: Barry Stein
Image Courtesy of: James Lassner
At the summit
through five climatic zones and often
including on the last day when she fell ill.
as equals. To see that, out there in a super
“The last day I was in pain but just tried to
non-accessible trail, that for me is a reason
smile” she says. “I just tried to stay positive.
to continue doing what we do!”
Triumph of teamwork
That was me, happy and smiling the whole
Thankfully, every participant reached
Peruvian-born and Dallas, Texas-based
time.” She offered comfort and encourage-
one of Mt Kilimanjaro’s three summits—
Maranon, 38, who has 48,000 Instagram
ment to fellow climbers throughout the
Stella’s Point (5,756 metres), Gilman’s
followers keeping up with her solo
trip – even as they experienced difficulties
Point (5,685 metres) or Uhuru Peak (5,995
globetrotting adventures, found the climb
on the climb.
a challenging, but ultimately rewarding
Zur saw the climb as a triumph of
Lassner is very proud of everyone
experience. “For me it was very hard,”
teamwork. He says: “Ascending the peak
involved. He says: “Our successful summit-
she says. “It was so steep. Thirty minutes
of Kilimanjaro is a dream come true not
ing of Mt Kilimanjaro was fueled by the
before we got to the summit, you could
because of the mountain. That was never a
diverse abilities and deep inner strengths
just look down and see all the way down.
dream of mine. The dream that we fulfilled
of each individual that they contributed to
It was so scary.”
is to see this group – people with and
enhance the experience of team.”
Hilliard-Barnes, who made the trip
without disabilities – climbing together,
with her husband, Shannon Barnes, kept
as a group, as people who see each other
a positive attitude throughout the trip,
For more information on FAISR, visit faisr.org To read more of the work of Howard Blas, go to his website, howardblas.com
Most hikers elected to complete their Tanzanian adventure with safaris at Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area while soaking up the overnight comfort at the Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge and the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha. Before returning home, the group also enjoyed a trip to Shanga Village, a social enterprise based in Arusha which employs locals with disabilities to create unique, high-quality, handmade jewellery, glassware and home wares incorporating recycled materials. It was a great opportunity to pick up some unique souvenirs.
Image Courtesy of: James Lassner
Credit: Katiekk / Shutterstock.com
t first sight there seems little common ground between the Hadza tribe, who have
been living around Lake Eyasi for centuries foraging for food and hunting animal prey with bows and poison-tipped arrows, and todayâ€™s legion of office workers sat staring at their desktop computers in air-conditioned urban offices. However, a recent study by academics at the University of California, in the US, has found that the Hadza, outside of their hunting and gathering expeditions, are physically inactive for around nine or 10 hours each day â€“ a similar time the average worker spends slumped in their seat at the office. Despite these similarities in sedentary lifestyle, the research revealed the Hadza appear to lack the markers of chronic disease associated with long periods of sitting such as muscularskeletal disorders, obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more.
Active rest The researchers believe the reason for this is that the Hadza squat rather than sit as their resting posture. So instead of letting their muscles switch
Squat your way to Hadza healthiness The Hadza tribe of north-central Tanzania live an existence that has gone largely unchanged for 10,000 years, yet a recent survey suggests the hunter-gatherers, who squat rather than sit when at rest, may hold the key to combating the modern-day health risks for office-based workers.
off completely and have their bodies supported by a chair, members of the ancient tribe flex at the knees and hips and sink into a squat with their body weight supported through their feet. These active rest postures require far more muscle activity than sitting in a chair so they keep your glute and abdominal muscles firing, burn fat, guard against deteriorating bone density and keep many life-threatening diseases at bay. Dr David Raichlen, lead author on the study, said: â€œEven though there were long periods of inactivity, one of the key differences we noticed is that
Members of the ancient tribe flex at the knees and hips and sink into a squat with their body weight supported through their feet. the Hadza are often resting in postures
Best then to begin with taking squat
that require their muscles to maintain
breaks from your desk every hour. Try
light levels of activity – either in a
to build on the length of time you can
squat or kneeling.”
hold the posture by small increments
Squatting tips So what can desk-bound office work-
each day. Who knows, soon everyone in your office will be working in the Hadza way.
ers learn from this? Is there a way for them to get healthy the Hadza way?
Good squatting technique
Placing your laptop between your feet and squatting down to type at it is probably going to get you some seriously funny looks in the office
maintain beyond five minutes. The Hadza can comfortably sit in the squat position for hours, but for those long used to chairs even getting into the position and getting out of it might prove difficult.
1. Stand with feet a little wider than hip width, toes facing front. 2. Drive your hips back – bending at the knees and ankles and pressing your knees slightly open 3. Sit into a squat position while still keeping your heels and toes on the ground, chest up and shoulders back. 4. Start with a 20-30 second sit-andhold and look to improve on your time by 5-10 seconds each day. Once you get up to a solid 2-3 minutes without support, you can start experimenting with multiple sets, or more than one hold per day.
Credit: erichon / Shutterstock.com
of practise – almost impossible to
Credit: Katiekk / Shutterstock.com
and – unless you’ve had Hadza levels
If you are going to squat and stay down there for a while, you need to ensure your technique is on point otherwise you could be doing more harm than good.
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Images courtesy of: Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate (Kiligolf)
t’s fair to say that there’s nothing quite
US (especially in Florida and Arizona), the
interesting course that is fun to play. It
like it anywhere else in Tanzania. This
UAE and to a lesser extent in South Africa.
[offers] caddy-based golf on a ‘walkable’
then is the Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife
But across East Africa there is a very limited
course, so no need for buggies (carts).”
Estate (Kiligolf) and over time it has proved
selection of such golf-villa schemes. The
to be one of East Africa’s most exciting and
best known of these are Kenya’s fabulous
and clearly illustrated by Kiligolf being
enduring real estate developments.
Vipingo Ridge, just north of Mombasa,
chosen as the venue for the prestigious
and also the Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf
2019 Tanzania Open Golf Championship,
of Mount Kilimanjaro, this was Tanzania’s
Resort near Naivasha. But Kiligolf is the
which attracted top players from across
first 18-hole championship golf course and
only one to include a compelling wildlife
Africa. In May, the course will also host the
one that offered the unique opportunity
dimension to what’s on offer.
2020 Diplomatic Golf Tournament.
Set against the magnificent backdrop
to build a dream villa alongside one of its
The quality of the course in undoubted
This former sisal estate has been
Fairways and fauna
converted into fertile greens and neatly
The golf course itself was originally
trimmed fairways surrounded by sheer
Usa River, Kiligolf is just 30-minutes from
designed by former Irish national coach
wilderness. It is home to a range of animals:
Kilimanjaro International Airport and a
David Jones, who won the Kenya Open
zebra, dik-dik, steenbok, wild boar, hyena,
similar distance from Arusha. Access to
shortly before retiring as a player in 1989.
black-backed jackal and baboons. While
the estate is by a well-maintained 6km
Now in his seventies, Jones also designed
birdies cannot be guaranteed for golfers
murram road, which leads off the A23
Vipingo Ridge and a handful of other
on the greens, Kiligolf is a haven for birdlife
courses in Finland, Turkey and back home
with more than 200 species to be spotted.
manicured fairways. Laid out on a vast 1,040-acre estate in
These types of gated golf-themed developments are commonplace in the
in Ireland. Upon completion of the project, Jones said: “The result is a challenging,
On the estate, there are 360 plots and all surrounded by a mass of wild flora and www.precisionairtz.com
fauna. Kiligolf has attracted a wide range of residents to buy and build. They include investors from across East Africa and many expatriates who have lived for several years in the Arusha area. Buyers enjoy full access to the course through an annual charge that also covers services such as road maintenance and security as well as the convenience of purchasing land with all title deeds, administration and legal requirements completed. Every plot has access to water and electricity.
Short-term stay Buyers intending to construct three or four bedroomed villas get a one-acre plot, while those choosing a two-bedroomed villa can opt for a smaller “footprint” plot. Both come with a 99-year renewable lease. But you don’t have to buy a villa to enjoy Kiligolf. In fact, there is a range of tempting and often palatial properties for short-term rent – even a grand 10-bedroomed hotel (the Golf Safari House). For something more private, then there’s a six-bedroomed villa overlooking the fifth fairway which comes with its own staff or a collection of connected villas that allow parties up to 30 to be accommodated. On a somewhat smaller scale, there are pair of rather delightful cottages for rent. Even this pair come with their own staff. So, if you love golf (and even if you don’t) there can be few finer estates in East Africa in which to live the dream than this truly amazing development.
All caddies are employed from local villages. Using a caddie at Kiligolf is mandatory and helps provide income for local youths. Some caddies are also trained in silver service and work at the golf club during events.
If you are a mad-keen golfer and also want to play elsewhere in the area, then try the nine-hole and very welcoming Arusha Gymkhana & Golf Club, which first opened in the 1940s and is located right in the heart of the city. Itâ€™s an unpretentious and a surprisingly tricky little course and well worth a visit.
Tanzania is to get a second championship course when 27 holes open at the five-star Blue Amber Zanzibar Resort. The Ernie Els-designed course boasts three loops of nine holes and 4km of ocean front frontage on Zanzibarâ€™s north east coast and is currently under construction. The course is expected to open late this year.
No-nonsense talk with Sona
The Golden Nugget I am an avid journaller. I find that by regularly
And so, what my extensive distillation process
recording my stream of thoughts (and
has found, is that all I need to do to improve the
boy, there are many), I’m able to keep track
quality of my life, is simply to enjoy it, without
of reality. (Of course, I use the word reality
loosely as, arguably, there is no such thing. There is merely our own perception of events. But I digress) So as I write and ruminate, and I’ve had a
thinking about what anyone else thinks.
This sounds easier than it actually is – for two reasons. First, because of the two basic needs that we’re born with: one is for attachment and
good, hard look at “reality” from its multitude of
other is for authenticity. When we are growing
angles, I underline all the lightbulb moments I
up, we often compromise our authenticity, so
have and then, at a later date, transfer them to a
that we can securely attach to our caregivers
(many of us even lose a part of ourselves in
Given I’ve been doing this a while, the number of these nuggets should have grown
exponentially (you can see why my social life
suffers). Strangely however, they have not.
But as we get older and more mature, we
Instead, I keep stumbling upon the same
decide that authenticity is more important –
nuggets in various disguises.
even if we are left by the very people who we
want to be attached to. (I guess this comes
And as I analyse those further, it distils down
depended on whether we were part of a tribe.)
even more, to, what we can call the golden nugget. Before I share this, I’d like to tell you what
from a time when our safety and wellbeing Second, most of us don’t even know what we enjoy. We know what we should be doing, we know what we have to do, we know how to
happens when a person decides to become a
distract ourselves from what we don’t want
Buddhist renunciate. On choosing to embark
to feel or do, and we know what is pleas-
upon a life of austerity, only one instruction is
urable. True joy is different (pleasure
given: to make yourself happy.
slows us down; joy does not).
Let’s look at that again. They’re not told to serve, to save the planet, to turn vegetarian or find the meaning of life; they’re told to make themselves happy
But the good news is that once we have this, all we need to do is have the courage to live joyfully and unashamedly. It’s the whole
- something that, on the face of it,
reason that we are these
looks inherently selfish.
spiritual beings having a
But as the Buddha knew, and I now know, it’s not selfish at all: when you are at peace with yourself, it radiates out all around you and creates an energy field that literally transforms your life.
Paa has a new columnist. Sona Parmar is a Nairobibased clinical nutritionist certified by the Nutrition Therapy Council. In each issue the mum-of-three will take a wry look at the human condition inspired by events in her own life. To find out more about her work, visit nutritionbysona.com and instagram.com/ inspirationbysona
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After attaining Silver membership level, the member will be issued with a Silver membership card which he (or she) must show at all Precision Air point of sales in order to receive the recognition that he deserves. Should a member book online by logging into Paa Royal Pages, he will automatically receive points earned to his account.
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When members reach Tanzanite member they attain ultimate royalty. We will always strive to give these royal members an exclusive and memorable flight experience. At this level, members will already be used to royal treatment; royalty will be their way of life. Other benefits of Tanzanite: • Free 15 kg excess baggage every time the member travels on a PW-operated flight • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account
• Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s arrival destination
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• Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account
• Priority telephone reservation at times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line.
• Priority telephone reservation at times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line • Priority waitlist/airport standby each time you want to travel and your selected flight is full.
• Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s destination.
• Silver,Gold and Tanzanite members also get discounts of up to 20 per cent when visiting GSM shopping malls Msasani and Pugu, Southern Sun Hotel, Akemi restaurant, East Point Restaurant and the Colosseum hotel and sports club - all in Dar es Salaam.
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A. Not all aircraft have space to store your carry-on baggage.
Important note: There are a number of events involving air turbulence that highlight the importance of keeping seatbelts fastened throughout the flight.
B. In an accident, baggage in the aisles makes it harder to get out of the aircraft quickly.
Though rare, in-flight turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to both passengers and crew.
It’s a good idea to keep your seatbelt fastened even when the seatbelt signs are not on.
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