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It’s a man’s world (women in entertainment)

October 12, 2014

This morning on the African Queens show, we will be discussing about women in the entertainment industry again it’s a man’s world, and on the throne room we have a special guest for you Ms. Karoline Klaire Mees, a professional  photographer, designer and art director at AIM group company. She will be in the studio sharing her experience as a female Photographer and her life as female entertainer.

Karoline Klaire Mees

Karoline Klaire Mees

It’s a man’s world

October 5, 2014

This  morning  on the African Queens Show we are talking about  “a man’s world” and how women have managed to break through that world, doing things that are believed to exist only in a man’s world, i’m talking about female pilots, engineers, business women, politicians and many more, and  on the show we have a beautiful soul Ms. Alana Dunbar who will be discussing the topic with your host on the throne room.

Alana

Alana

Alana Dunbar is a Canadian Creative Project Manager at Archipelago, a Communications, Events and Design company in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Alana has loved and studied Africa for as long as she can remember. Studying Africa, Gender and Literature in Canada, Alana traveled to Dar es salaam for research and exchange and then returned to work after falling in love with Tanzania. Alana has been working primarily with Marie Stopes Tanzania consulting on the Chagua Maisha – The Good Life campaign, promoting family planning and female youth empowerment!

women and law

September 28, 2014

Good morning to you African Queens Fan,  it’s yet another day a blessed Sunday and on the show this time we will be discussing about women and law, as usual we bring you guests from all places, and today we have been honored by the presence of this inspirational, beautiful soul on the Throne room,  Margareth Maganga.

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Margareth Maganga

she is a young tenacious lawyer at Clyde & Co Tanzania. Author of A Journey through Darkness, an autobiography narrating her traumatic experience of suddenly going blind at the tender age of 19. Founder of Margareth Maganga Hope for the Blind, a registered Trust set up to help visually impaired and partially sighted children gain access to education and enhance their self reliance. Winner of the 2013 Tanzania Young Professionals Award, SAGE Category for her inspiring work in the community.

Margareth completed her primary and secondary schooling in Nairobi, Kenya and pursued her Law degree at the University of Leeds, UK where she graduated with Honors. She went onto to pursue her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Training-the Bar- at the Law School of Tanzania.She is a young, determined lady whose ambition is to join the ranks of the powerful and influential women in Tanzania and abroad.

 

charity and volunteering .

September 21, 2014

Good morning to you African queens project fun, it’s another blessed Sunday, and today on the show our discussion will focus on charity and volunteering, later on the throne room, you will be listening our one and only Theddy Ladislaus,  a 22-year-old, youth activist, policy maker and the youngest delegate in the constituent assembly of Tanzania.

She has always believed in volunteerism as the key pillar to her success and a great pave to attaining her long time vision.

She’s built on spirituality, self-success and the desire to help the community especially youths and the less privileged and make them change their mindset to see every challenge as an opportunity.

Theddy Ladislaus,

Theddy Ladislaus,

She believes in volunteerism as a core responsibility of being a human since no one has made it through life without someone else’s help. She has been a volunteer and member in YUNA, UNCTN, Maanisha! Foundation, SAVITA,CYNESA, MAGIS,ROTARACT to mention a few and a leader at Loyola High School, Vice President at Mzumbe University, CYNESA Tanzania. Hall of Fame Tanzania and most important the youngest delegate in the constituent Assembly

FASHIONISTA

September 14, 2014

This Morning on the African Queens Show we are looking at the fashion industry and in the studio with us is the very talented

Kemi Kalikawe… one of the best designers in Tanzania! and  the founder of Naledi- A school for fashion and design.

Kemi Kalikawe

Kemi Kalikawe

 

Kemi is an Interior Designer, Art Director & creative entrepreneur by profession,  cheerful, spunky, outgoing person. she has passion for anything creative and does a lot of different artistic activities .

She is deeply passionate about enabling the youth and helping young designers become more effective in their careers . she  established Naledi in 2008 as an Interior Designer studio, but being inspired by all forms of design and creativity she found fashion a natural progression from interior design and soft furnishings.

Over the past years  Kemi had the opportunity to merge her two passions by working as an Art Director in film and TV. Naledi which means “star” in Setswana is now an independent design company based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

African Queens Show – Women and Arts: Chi Temu

September 7, 2014

This Morning on the African Queens Show we are looking at women in the creative arts industry and in the studio with us we have the very talented African soul sister Miss Chi Temu!

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Born in Senegal, Internationally grown, hailing from Tanzania and residing in Liverpool; Chi is a nomadic music traveller who has roots in the Soul, R&B, and old school Blues and Rock with the lyrical styling of a Neo-Soul revolutionary.

From the young age of 3 with her face glued to an MTV brimming with a plethora of talent,Chi could sense that music said what we could not and made us feel like nothing before or after it. As soon as she felt she’d learnt the basics to teach herself piano she began writing at 13. Urged on and wanting to expand her musical horizons she picked up a guitar, looking for new sounds and emotions, and has never looked back.

Currently collaborating and constantly evolving, nothing makes her happier than the energy and intimacy of a live performance swiftly followed by a dance party :). Find her on your nearest street corner busking, and bar bashing out husky power vocals or just wait till she opens her mouth, a song is bound to come out.

 

 

Mental health

August 31, 2014 2 Comments

Today we continue our discussion on Mental Health Awareness with a focus on rape, on the Throne Room this morning we have Lydia who  has an extremely powerful story about sexuality and depression Lydia is a very inspiring woman, Tanzanian born, self proclaimed social-political armchair activist,  she is a writer and Journalist among other things.

she is not only multilingual but she is also culturally sensitive, She believes in the freedom one gets from books she believes in equality amongst individuals regardless of race, sexuality or gender.

LYDIA

LYDIA

women mental health

August 24, 2014

Sitawa Wafula

Sitawa Wafula

We are exited to have Sitwa Wafula today on the African Queens Show,  Sitawa is  an over comer, she is doing great things with her life, she is a true description of a PHENOMENAL WOMAN.

She is a poet, an across the board teacher – Mathematics tutor, poetry workshops to life coaching especially for rape victims,  also a volunteer, an event’s organizer and an entrepreneur, mental health & epilepsy crusader who recently got awarded for the East Africa Philanthropy Awards . She also owns an events company, Events by Sitawa and a jewelry line O-collection.

Today Sitawa will be Discussing with us the topic Women and Mental Health, where she will share her sad but motivating, inspirational life story, her struggles with epilepsy and how she managed to over come the tragic rape experience that changed her entire life.

August 17, 2014

today morning (10am – 12PM local time) on the African Queens Show we are discussing women in business, the independent women, entrepreneurs.  And on the throne room we have none other than the Charming, smart, loyal…very loving,caring and God Fearing Mama Nyama choma festival herself,  Miss Carol Ndossi. She opens up her heart about her journey and how Nyama Choma Festival started!

Carol Ndosi

Carol Ndosi

Carol Ndosi has years of Media experience, she is  the owner and CEO of the Nyama Choma Festival an event in Dar es salaam that is a brand, fully patented, It is the one and only event that offers a unique experience every three months in Dar es Salaam. Did we mention she is a multi skilled person, a researcher, events manager and runs her own single mother foundation (CSMF).

August 10, 2014

Today  morning (10am – 12PM local time) on the African Queens Show we are talking about African women in entertainment And later on Throne Room we got a special edition as you will be listening in to some great interviews from African women who are changing the game for the entertainment industry, women such as lupita Nyongo, Genevieve Nnjai, Chimmanda Adieche, and Yvonne chaka Chaka.

Lupita Nyongo

Lupita Nyongo

Lupita Nyongo

 

Actress, film and music video director of dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship. After graduating from Hampshire College with a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies, Nyong’o worked as a production assistant on several Hollywood films. In 2008 she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently starred in the Kenyan television series  Shuga (2009). Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary film in my genes.

 

 

 

 

 

Genevieve Nnjai,

Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji

 

Nigerian actress and singer. In 2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for best actress in leading role.

2008 saw Nnaji launching a clothing line, “St. Genevieve”, which donates its proceeds to charity, she has received several awards and nominations for her work, including the Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards.

 

 

Chimmanda Adieche,

Chimmanda Adieche,

Chimmanda Adieche,

Nigerian writer, She has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African Literature.

Adichie published a collection of poems in 1997 (Decisions) and a play (For Love of Biafra) in 1998. She was shortlisted in 2002 for the Caine Prize for her short story “You in America”.

In 2003, her story “That Harmattan Morning” was selected as joint winner of the BBC Short Story Awards, and she won the O. Henry prize for “The American Embassy”. She also won the David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award) and a 2007 Beyond Margins Award for her novel “Half of a Yellow Sun”.

Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prizefor Best First Book (2005).

 

Yvonne chaka Chaka.

Yvonne chaka Chaka.

Yvonne chaka Chaka.

South African singer, Dubbed the “Princess of Africa”, Chaka Chaka has been at the forefront of South African popular music for 20 years. Songs like “I’m Burning Up”, “thank you mister dj”, “I Cry for Freedom”, “Makoti”, “Motherland” and the ever-popular “Umqombothi” (“African Beer”) ensured Yvonne’s stardom.

The song “Umqombothi” was featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda.

 

*TANZANIA* – Vanessa Mdee: The Artist

August 7, 2014 1 Comment

A Word From “African Queens Project” Founder:

Since I started doing the African Queens Show at Choice FM (http://africanqueensproject.com/show) I have had the pleasure of running into Vanessa a.k.a V Money  and catch up on whats going on in our worlds and she is so down to earth it is sometimes easy to forget all she has accomplished and continues to accomplish. 

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BACKGROUND:

Vanessa Hau Mdee  also referred to as Vee Money, is a Tanzanian recording artist, songwriter, youth activist, TV and radio host. Mdee is popularly known for being the first ever Tanzanian MTV VJ. She later rose to prominence as a radio and TV host, hosting Epic Bongo Star Search and Dume Challenge for ITV Tanzania before signing to B’Hits Music Group in late 2012. After joining B’Hits Music Group, Mdee collaborated with Tanzanian rapper A.Y. on a record ‘’Money’’ and Ommy Dimples, a Bongo Flava artist on a record Me and You that was later voted Song of the Year during the 2013 Kilimanjaro Music Awards. She received an even bigger buzz with the release of her first solo single “Closer”, which in its first week was downloaded over 30,000 times, a feat achieved by no other Tanzanian artist. “Closer” remained on the charts for over 13 weeks.Vanessa has had the chance to interview many artists, such as K’Naan, Kelly Rowland, French Montana, Trey Songs,Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Miguel, Donald, Nazizi, Xtatic, Stella Mwangi, Camp Mulla, Tay Grin, Teargas, Dr. Sid and many more African and international acts.

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  • Please tell us more about yourself:

Well, I am a young Tanzanian woman, born in Arusha, raised in New York, Paris, Nairobi and Arusha. Studied Law at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Then in 2007 won MTV VJ’s search making me the first Tanzanian personality on the network. Thereafter started my career on radio on 102.5 Choice FM’s The Hitlist. My passion for music drove me to pursue a career in music which I had always wanted to do. Through music I have been able to express myself musically which has liberated me tremendously.

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  • Why did you pick the career path that you did? 

I didn’t want to die wondering, so I chose the path that felt most organic to me.

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  • Who and what are some of your influences? 

I’m influenced by powerful women, the likes of Miriam Makeba, Lauryn Hill, Lady Jay Dee, Brenda Fassie ( just to mention a few )

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  • Do you wish you could have done things differently if given the chance? Please explain.

Not at all, if anything I’d have loved to have started earlier, but I believe in God’s timing and everything that happened prior to commencement were building blocks

  • What and who inspires and motivates you?

I think I’m motivated by the mere fact that I’m alive and able. I’m a LIFER!

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  • What do you count as your greatest achievement?

I’m yet to achieve that, in fact I still have quite a few things to tick off my list.

  • What are some struggles you faced in your life that came about because of your gender?

I refuse to look at struggles from that perspective, simply because WOMEN are the most powerful creation and God’s greatest gift to humanity. It is that school of thought that has made me roll with the punches and address them as just speed humps on this road to success. A dear friend once said to me “when you are chosen, you are chosen” PERIOD!

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  • How have you overcome these struggles and/or insecurities?

I overcome them through prayer!

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

Family is my backbone, I literally have ONLY family on my team. I keep my circle small and very tight-knit.

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

Absolutely!!!! Our stories are our testimonies of God’s work in our lives. We must inspire through these testimonies before we expire.

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  • In your experience, what do you think are some prevalent issues women face in everyday life? Professionally?

As I said women need to know their own strength first before they can build, one big issue I notice with women are issues based on confidence and security. Once you discover who you are, you are not easily shaken and words like cattiness, jealousy and maliciousness can never exist in your vocabulary. Everyday life challenges involve women having to prove that they are actually NOT inferior.

 

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

More conversations and forums like these need to happen. Also conversations amongst ourselves, we are in a time where people have forgotten how to express themselves and have normal conversations and technological advancements don’t make it any easier ( the blessing and the curse that is social media ).

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  •  What would you tell another young woman who wants to go down the same path that you have chosen?

HONE THE CRAFT, BE YOURSELF ( EVERYONE ELSE IS TAKEN ), PRAY HARD and REACH FOR THE STARS.

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  • What do you do to give back to your community?

I created an awareness blog called dynamites mission which was created to have conversations amongst young people about HIV and AIDS. I also work with the GAVI Alliance that is an organization that deals with the administering of vaccinations at affordable prices in the developing world.

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  • If you could tell young women 1 thing, what would it be?

You are POWERFUL, Dare to be you. If not NOW, when? If not you? Who? And I love you, God bless you

August 3, 2014

Today on the African Queens Project Show, we’ll be discussing about the modeling industry, and on the Throne Room with us is the beautiful Miss East Africa 2012  Jocelyne Maro, who is also a business Economics graduate of Kaale University who  will be  speaking to us  about her experience, her  ups and downs and what  she had faced through out her journey in the industry.

Jocelyne Diana Maro

Jocelyne Diana Maro

“Inspire to Aspire” with Rutendo Denise Mutsamirwa on African Queens Show

July 20, 2014

RuTendo DeNise

We are pleased to announce that Rutendo from Zimbabwe will be joining us every week on the show sharing  her inspirational spoken word and message on the show on the segment known as Inspire to Aspire!

An effective artist passionate about the development of collaborative art, skills development and #STEM in Africa, Rutendo is a humble recipient of the following awards and listings;

  1. One of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons(TOYP) of Zimbabwe award by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Zimbabwe. JCI is a global network of young active citizens between ages 18 and 40, committed to create positive change in their communities. A partner of the United Nations, AISEEC, Junior Achievers among others, JCI exists in more than 5,000 communities in more than 120 countries worldwide, with a membership of more than 200,000. The organization has been in Zimbabwe since 1967.
  2. Listed one of the 30 Young Zimbabweans under 30 to watch – isthisafrica.com 2012.
  3. Voted Twimbo of the year – Zimbabweans on Twitter (#Twimbo) 2012.
  4. Service award for Media Liaison – Monash University (RSA) 2011.
  5. Most Influential Student – Monash University (RSA) 2010.

Rutendo Denise Mutsamwira is a Zimbabwean writer and poet. As a performance poet, Rutendo has performed at Zimbabwe Fashion Week, Harare International Festival of the Arts, and became the first Zimbabwean artist to be invited to perform at the prestigious African Fashion Awards hosted by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in 2012.

Collaboratively, Rutendo has worked and collaborated with Tanzanian/ Zimbabwean House music producer and Dj John “Reverb 7” Mahalu, Tanzanian photographer Rosiah Marie as well as Mother Africa Percussionist Theresa Muteta. She is currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe working as a 4 Afrika Initiative Intern for Microsoft. In her free time she likes to cook, walk barefoot in the rain and listen to music. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram/SoundCloud : @RuTendoDeNise.

 

Janet Mbene on the African Queens Show

July 20, 2014

This morning on the show we are discussing about “Women in Leadership” and on the Throne Room we have none other than magnificent, Superwoman Hon: Janet Mbene Deputy Minister of Finance . 

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.

Hon: Janet Mbene

Hon: Janet Mbene

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