MISS TANZANIA IS BACK !!under new management (The Look Co Ltd)

By Willy Nkya
     Do you remember that beauty pageant that gave us names like Wema sepetu,Nancy Sumari,lilian kamazima,Jackline Ntayabilwe,Faraja Nyalandu ,Happiness Watimanywa,Genevive Mpangala ,Salha Israel and so many more , recently it gave us Diana Edward Lukmai.Yes !!I hope now you know what I am talking About.MISS TANZANIA is back!! And its back with a Bang!under a new management of the former Miss Tanzania 1998 Miss Basila Mwanukuzi The CEO of The Look Company Limited,on the beautiful evening on the 7th of April 2018 at the National Museum of Tanzania ,Dar es salaam City center ,Miss Tanzania 2018 was officially Launched .want to know how it went down don’t worry missiepopular.com has it covered .
   The launch event was hosted by our favorite Fashion Host Deogratius Kithama who looked stunning in a Custom Dominik Godfrey Suit ,The Guest of honor was The Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Dr Harrison Mwakyembe .the event was attended by many big names in the fashion industry to name a few Mama Alinda Sawe,Noel Ndale ,Khadija Mwanamboka,Mustapha Hassanali,Martin Kadinda and Ally Remtulah also The Tanzanian green hair boy was present too (Ben Pol),among of the few previous  Miss Tanzania’s that attended the event was Lilian Kamzima 2014,Genevive Mpangala(2010),Salha Israel(2011),Diana Edward 2016  and of course  Miss Tanzania 1998 Basila Mwanukuzi .
   The event was entertained by a traditional dance giving us that Afro vibe ,since it’s a national event why not celebrate culture .The Look company limited showed us a documentary of this prestigious  pageant over the years, since its birth in 1994 till today ,on the documentary it featured testimonies from Previous Miss Tanzania’s like Diana Edward,Lilian Kamazima and Genevive Mpangala sharing their experiences as Miss Tanzania . 
In the Middle of the  event  the legendary Tanzanian designer Khadija Mwanamboka gave us a collection of her collaboration with NIDA textiles ,The collection was titled “Khadija Mwanamboka for NIDA collection”.The collection featured atleast 10 pieces that are ready to wear and soon we will be seeing these pieces on stores across Tanzania and beyond,we just cant wait to look shine in Mwanamboka designs.

  Basila Mwanukuzi The CEO of The Look Company limited gave an introduction speech ,were she highlighted on the challenges of managing such a pageant ,  The biggest challenge is Partnership and sponsorship of such an event, after Basila and her Company have taken control of Miss Tanzania ,People expect a lot from this new Management but it's impossible to achieve great success without external help from the Government, Partners and Companies ,As we all know Miss Tanzania is one of the biggest platforms to advertise and promote your business, since the pageant carries The country name and it represents the country beyond borders .Basila kindly invites interested partners to collaborate with her in rebranding Miss Tanzania  as the Motto states "Urembo na Kazi kwa maendeleo ya Jamii "meaning "Beauty and Work for community development "  ,This shows how THE LOOK will revolutionize this Pageant. Since  we were all disappointed from The Previous organizers of Miss Tanzania LINO INTERNATIONAL AGENCY LIMITED under the Managing Director Mr Hashim Lundenga from their endless problems and scandals .The Guest of Honor also spoke upon the reasons of why Miss Tanzania was banned, as he terms it "Uhuni" mostly referring to the Diana Edward Miss Tanzania 2016 prize incident, where her winning prize was snatched away from her till today Diana hasn't received her Car.  Dr Mwakyembe has high expectations for the new management under Basila where she herself has held the title of  Miss Tanzania1998 ,He also Spoke upon his Determination in seeking for sponsors and partners for Miss Tanzania and he also Invited interested parties to help him in this. Among of his Target sponsors are Air Tanzania (ATC) ,Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) ,Vodacom Tanzania,TANAPA,D.T.DOBBIE ,Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB) ,BANKS ,HOTELS and Designers

   The 2018 MISS TANZANIA is expected to kick off across multiple regions in Tanzania, grouping them into zones like (Central Zone,Northern Zone ,Eastern Zone , Lake Zone ,Southern Highlands and Dar es salaam(Temeke,Ilala,Ubungo ,Kinondoni and Kigamboni) ,it will also feature contestants from Pagents like Miss Higher learning insitutes .
    After Dr Harrison Mwakyembe officially launched The New Miss Tanzania 2018 it’s now up for the Agents across Tanzania to proceed with early stages of the pageant

After The official launch ,Deo called all the Previous Miss Tanzania in the House to give us a last taste of their catwalk ,Diana Edward kicked off with her Golden sparkle princess dress ,Giving us some cinderella vibe ,Genevive Mpangala With her pony tail hairstyle was number two ,Showing us her career  change to music doesn't mean she lost her catwalk ,Salha Israel Miss Tanzania 2011 rocked her Maroon dress and her seductive smile on the runway,Lilian Kamazima was stunning in white ,Her make up was flawless giving us Mom goals on the runway ,Lastly The Queen herself Miss Tanzania 1998 ,Basila conquered the Runway with her black and Silver glitter (Sparkle ) outfit ,showing us how she gets better with age just Like Wine!Lol!
Truly it was a good night out for fashionistas.
Now to all the Girls who will contest ,we wish you all the best and may the best girl Win . See you at the finals!!

We here at missiepopular.com would like congratulate Basila and her committee for bringing back A new Miss Tanzania.We can't wait to see what you have in stored for us ,and we will be by your side through this journey.

Hassanali creates Endometriosis Awareness through Fashion

The Exhilarating news is from the award-winning pan African designer and Fashion Guru “Mustafa Hassanali”, who has been among 45 designers across Africa, who showcased their distinctive collection on the most prestigious Arise Fashion week 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria.

On 1st April 2018, Mustafa Hassanali touched the Arise stage as he unveiled his Endometriosis collection, which aimed at spreading awareness on the existence of endometriosis and supporting women who are diagnosed and living with the struggle of seeking different cures be it Surgical, tablets, liquids and patches to consider chronic pain they live with.
“I am proud to have inevitably arisen in the part of woman’s life. it is not just on designing but creating a meaningful garment which conveys a persuasive message to the society, My endometriosis collection is aimed at supporting my Fashionable friend Ms. Millen Magese. Her endometriosis journey has been tragic and emotional, but has accurately portrayed the strength of a woman that through all the pain there is a light at the end of the tunnel and be an inspiration to women worldwide”

An African proverb says, “If you want to go too fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together” Mustafa’s journey in the fashion world is a living example which exemplifies a strong unit that fights for numerous issues concerning women in the society, be it entrepreneurship or health matters.

For the past 18 years, Mustafa has devoted himself to being a helping hand to women who face different health problems. With enough knowledge of health issues, he has been forefront in creating campaigns which aim to provide awareness towards fistula, breast cancer and endometriosis through fashion platforms.

Mustafa is one of a kind personality and his tremendous ideas behind the collections are the result of his incredible signature in the fashion world, once again Nigerian fashion influencers have witnessed that Mustafa Hassanali is genuinely a fashionista personified.

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The Tanzanian "Spice Queen" TEDI BENARD aka MaMa Royal Spices

By Willy Nkya
     As human beings we have different passions ,but transforming your passion into business is something only few of us can do, Thereza B .Mongo (Tedi Benard) ,is among the few women who has transformed her passion into business ,As the Managing director of ROYAL SPICES ,Tedi Benard shares her journey to becoming a spice trader in Tanzania ,Tedi Benard who owns a bachelor degree in sociology, tried multiple business but her passion in the kitchen made her find the right business, that is the spice business. In a sit down with Tedi Benard ,she gave me a grand tour to her journey and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

  Tedi Benard: “As I was cooking I used to post pictures of my food ,and people would ask me details on what made my food look so delicious, once I told them the spices I used, most of them had no idea on what they are and where to get them ,so it hit me that mhhhhh!!why don’t I start making these spices and sell them  

 Tedi Benard started her business last year on May but officially introduced her products on the market around June 2017 till today she has expanded her market to different parts of Tanzania. Tedi acknowledges the great support that she received from her husband and family in general ,she highlights on the importance of getting support from Family and not just financial support but just the encouragement and permission to undertake her business by her husband is among the best support, as we all know that African wives are obligated to obey and live according to their husbands will. Currently Tedi sources some of the spices from Zanzibar,Morogoro,Tanga and here in Dar es salaam (Kariakoo) ,

MP: Why Royal?
Tedi Benard : "While trying to find a name for my brand, I had to figure out a name that will be limitless ,meaning it won’t limit anyone to use my products regardless of their religion or culture .But also I want my customer to feel royal ,because my products will give you that Buckingham palace feeling .Lol!"

   The spice business is not such a new business to be practiced in Tanzania but Tedi Benard’s uniqueness is well explained on her statement “Royal spices has been blessed with Multiple varieties of spices ,and due to my research and my study at SIDO ,this made me produce the best spices that some of them haven’t been seen in the market ,example I have a spice only for Nyama choma (Barbeque/Grilled meat) called Mixed grill,and Kitchen King which is a spice that is multipurpose ,it can be used for different varieties of meals ,also my prices are really fair compared to others” 

     The world of social media today has been one of the  biggest platforms to promote business and directly connect with customers, Tedi Benard uses these platforms effectively ,she says “I personally love these platforms ,as all of them have driven customers to my products ,but currently my favorite is Whatsapp messenger , especially the Whatsapp status ,since being in business for a while ,has made me circulate my phone number ,so after just updating my status ,instantly I get request and enquires about my products ,and per post I could get up to 100 views,instagram has been also my fave, it’s just where I get a chance to share most of my works and connect with fellow entrepreneurs and customers as well, not forgetting facebook which was among my first social media to introduce my business and since then it has never let me down”

   It’s no doubt that making it in any business ,one must pass several challenges and setbacks ,among of the setbacks that Tedi Benard has faced is the issue of certification and license, this process  takes so much time and money ,Imagine you need like 7 government certificates and license  to carry on your business in Tanzania ,some of them includes TRA,TFDA,TBS,BRELA etc.for an upcoming entrepreneur this is really discouraging. I guess the government needs to fix this.also another challenge is having different packages, sometimes she faces customers who need large quantity of her products in just one container ,so she is on the process to increase her package to 500Grams containers ,this will be special for people with hotels and even Mama Ntilies.

 The story of Tedi Benard becoming a spice queen is so inspiring ,her message to us is that “Not everyone can start a business ,but through other people’s business you can create a foundation and find a path for your business,look at me currently I have Agents  distributing my products to approximately 7 regions in Tanzania like Mtwara,Mwanza,Morogoro ,Arusha,Moshi and Dodoma. The other advice is that in everything never lose hope and don’t give up, along the way you might face certain setbacks, but once you set your Goals always stick to them and let nothing drive you away from your purpose”

For more on Tedi Benard feel free to reach her through Instagram @royal_spices­_tz ,Facebook royal spices tz, Email  royalspices86@gmail.com ,Youtube Jikoni na Tedi benard .or if you want to be the first to catcth her Whatsapp status feel free to add +255683086648 to your contact list.

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UONGOZI Institute to hold first graduation ceremony for Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership

UONGOZI Institute to hold first graduation ceremony for Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership

Dar es Salaam: The graduation ceremony for the first group of graduates of the UONGOZI Institute Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Leadership is scheduled to take place on 21st March 2018 at the Institute’s premises, where a total of 30 participants will be graduating.
This first group of graduates comprises of senior police officers who were selected from different regions of the United Republic of Tanzania.  The Diploma program, encompassing 10 modules, focuses on enhancing leadership competencies in 3 areas, Making Strategic Choices, Leading People and Other Resources and Excelling in Personal Leadership Qualities.
The graduation ceremony will be officiated by Hon. George H. Mkuchika (MP), Minister of State, President’s Office, Public Service and Good Governance.  Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Mwigulu Nchemba (MP) and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Simon Sirro, will also be in attendance.

“We are pleased to note that 97% of the police officers that began the training will graduate. This has been an intensive and challenging programme, and the discipline and commitment they have shown is a true testament of their leadership capacity” said Prof. Semboja, CEO of UONGOZI Instiute.

UONGOZI Institute and Aalto University Executive Education of Finland have jointly been running the one-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Leadership, an executive programme that is designed to equip senior government officials with the necessary skills and competencies to provide sustainable solutions through effective leadership.

 “Since we started this course back in April 2017, I have learnt a lot on how to solve challenges of all sorts whenever they come across my office. It is a very useful training, not only for police officers, but it needs to be offered to all other public servants across the country,” said Mr. Benedict Michael Kulyamba, Chief of the Human Resource Division of the Tanzania Police Force and one of the graduates.

The graduation ceremony will also be attended by 32 participants from the second cohort of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Leadership, scheduled to begin at the end of March. The second cohort includes senior government officials from various Ministries and Public Agencies.
About the Institute: UONGOZI Institute  is an independent government agency that provides services to senior leaders who have a demonstrable impact upon their society’s development as well as individuals who have been recognised as emerging leaders with the potential to make a positive impact in their societies.
For more information: Contact Ms. Suzan Aroko, Communications Officer, saroko@uongozi.or.tz
Visit our website: www.uongozi.or.tz

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