URL: www.maanisha.co.tz / www.facebook.com/maanishatz
As young people, we need to realise that the future of our country and our continent is in our hands. Every action taken and decision made will shape how we live in the years to come and therefore it is important that the youth of today are on the path to creating a positive future. It is something that Eclectik-City believes in and when I kept hearing about Maanisha! and the amazing things they are doing in Tanzania, I made it a point to find out more.
I spoke to Andrew Mahiga, Maanisha!‘s young and enterprising Managing Director and he had powerful things to say about what his organisation is doing for Tanzanian youth and how young people can be part of the changes they are making in society. Andrew is a young man of 26 who is no stranger to social issues and reaching out to people, having lived in Tanzania, Australia, Swaziland and later the U.S.
While in university he began interning and doing online marketing for various underground street wear brands and later at Complex, a well-known men’s lifestyle magazine. This was Andrew’s first taste of the world of media and marketing. On his return to Tanzania, Andrew worked for Push Observer, a media monitoring company, which further increased his knowledge and exposure to how the industry works. His educational background and real-life experiences have put him in an ideal position to lead Maanisha! as it combines the best of both worlds.
How did Maanisha! come about?
‘Maanisha! Was founded in 2010 by Modesta Mahiga. It first begun as a way to reach out to students in high school, giving career talks, speaking to them about preparing for life after school and being able to compete in a global environment. Modesta would make these visits with her colleague to various high schools in Dar-es-Salaam’.
‘Their work gained them an invitation to Clouds FM to speak more about their efforts. This led to weekly visits to Clouds FM and eventually they were given their own show – ‘Temino’ which is still running on Clouds FM every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. Temino touches on different topics surrounding personal and professional ethics and skills that are required to be a positive, confident and entrepreneurial young person in Tanzanian society. Our main focus is to cater to the Tanzanian youth – people between the ages of 16 and 35′.
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