A friend of mine tweeted one morning, ‘My biggest prayer today is that I may not be misunderstood.‘ These few words carry so much weight and food for thought. She got me thinking about the hundreds of times I have had to back up a simple phrase or sentence with an explanation.
This is already a problem when you take into account a persons background or other factors that contribute to an otherwise awkward scenario. However, as one of my good friends puts it, ‘sounds like a personal problem to me!!‘. She is right. You can’t please everybody, you can’t take every reaction to heart.
This brings on a couple of questions; Have you experienced true freedom? Is it possible for you to be your own person in a society that is so dependent on what other people think?Do you dress or look or act the way you do because of the people around you? Here’s a scenario. You have the chance to start afresh in a new city. You have a new job and you are at liberty to forge a brand new identity for yourself. Are you that person now? What is stopping you? Can you get over it? Can you start now?
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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′.
Blogging is a worldwide, cultural phenomenon that has given youth a platform on which they can express their opinions. Malicky Boaz is one such youth that has taken his passion for drawing and coupled it with his very cheeky sense of humour to cover trending news topics and social issues happening in Tanzania and around the globe in cartoon form.
Check out his blog malickys.blogspot.com and read more about him below!!
Here are a few facts about this talented young man!
Profession: Cartoonist (Age 26)
‘I Started Drawing 2002, I was still in School. I draw for the love of it. It’s in my blood!’
‘I want to learn more about illustrating and everything to do with it and get into painting’.
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I once asked my friend Kate if she had a blog, after following her on Twitter for some time, to which she replied, ‘I have a hot one!’
It seems only natural for a young, African with such passion for life and a wealth of knowledge to document the one thing she loves most-Africa.
I wasn’t disappointed by this Tumblr blog bursting with colour and information on everything from magazine spreads to vintage pictures and music from Africa or inspired by Africa! It is quite the journey! I fear you might get lost in it, so do spare a bit of time to dive into katebomz.tumblr.com
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Not many young people can survive life. I say this because I truly believe that not many of us can grasp it and make it work without falling into the abyss that is confusion and depression to the point where we just exist. This is not what we were created for and if you are simply existing and waiting for the days to pass, you need to do something about it.
When you’re in your Twenties, you will get slapped in the face by life. As soon as your teens are gone, the air clears up and you realize that you have to figure out how to find a job, make money, have a long-term relationship and that conquering the world is much more complicated than we thought. Life is so fast it’s a struggle to keep your head above the water.
Youth today have struggled with issues every villain in film has been purported to have experienced; rejection, drugs, money problems and every kind of instability. Sometimes, these are a result of our upbringing and sometimes these are problems our parents have.
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I love the interesting things life brings on. You can only truly make a statement like that if you take time to stop and look around and if life didn’t pass you by so fast that you can’t reflect on any specific details. I can definitely name a couple of things over the years that have truly impacted my life and given me comfort. I’m sure you can identify if you make it to the end.
1) ‘The Devil Wears Prada (don’t laugh or log out)
This came at a time in my life when I thought I was truly unstoppable-you’re early twenties will do that to you and by all means embrace it. When you flunk a job interview or find yourself in a studio apartment with a second-hand TV in the corner that kind of attitude will get you going! Those were good times.
In my head, I was a wannabe fashionista who wanted to work hard and work right and on faith and optimism alone; Anne Hathaway’s character, Andrea Sachs was just as naïve as I was but she stayed true to herself and what she believed in, compromised where she needed to and kept it moving. Eventually she realized it was all a means to an end and I, on the other hand I will never forget the ‘hideous skirt convention’ joke.
2) Richard Branson
He deserves to be a multi-millionaire. He has such a way of doing it. Yes I would play golf on the wing of a Boeing 747, yes I would launch a eco-green initiative, yes I would buy an island, yes I would feed the hungry and go hang with monks in Tibet (I’m only assuming he must’ve done it or thought about it). I will have such a jolly good time and spread that joy by inspiring millions around the world with my good spirit. Maybe my mum isn’t the only one in my family who has a crush on him, maybe I feel partying with supermodels and race-car drivers just doesn’t cut it. Pause. Just partying
This is why Angelina Jolie made it into my good books. She checkered her family tree, bore twins, helped the poor and bought a mansion. According to me she’s a rock star.
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