SEKO SIA SHAMTE (Age 30)
FILMMAKER (ALKEMIST MEDIA) / DJ
Our DreamCatcher this week is Seko Shamte, a young woman who has proven that if you do want something really bad and in all respects it is for the right reasons-you will get it! The stars literally aligned for Seko when she set out with a dream to be a filmmaker.
All she had was passion and an idea when she took the plunge into self-employment at the age of 26 to set up Alkemist Media, a production company that is responsible for bringing the remarkable story of one of Africa’s greatest history-makers to the silver screen.
‘Mkwawa‘, her first film, premiered late 2011 in Dar es Salaam and is still making its rounds with the latest screening being ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival) where it showed this Sunday after being nominated.
I caught up with Seko a week ago to find out what inspired her to make this film and of course, learn more about her DJ ambitions! I’ve got to say, this is only the beginning for Seko and her film, Mkwawa, which she said, ‘was made for Africans’. In every way, the story of Chief Mkwawa is an inspiration and Seko’s journey to this moment is a worthy read.
A few days of reflection is exactly what was needed to jumpstart this second month of Eclectik-ism. A few hours were spent on Facebook, something I haven’t done in a while and it is a jungle in there.
Over the past 3 years I have accepted each and every friend request and my newsfeed is flooded with faces I don’t recognize. This would have been extremely exciting a few years ago because I had more time and I didn’t need information or news as fast as I do now. Which brings me to ask, how is it possible to tether the wild animal that is Facebook and get it to give you exactly what you need?
On the flipside June has brought about a storm of celebration especially here in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A number of note-worthy personalities have been celebrating their birthdays this past week. Ive sent too many birthday wishes but a few of them have just got to be mentioned.
In a space of three days, three DreamCatchers that I admire welcomed a new year! Aside from the fact that this makes me utterly jealous that one month can hold so many pioneers, I am only happy to wish them A HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Eclectik-City!!
Our first June baby is Tanzania’s numero uno ambassador in the fashion capitals of the world, she is responsible for a foundation that helps the less-fortunate back home and is constantly following the developments of her home-country, Tanzania- Supermodel, Flaviana Matata.
Another young African who captures every essence of a DreamCatcher is the outgoing Vanessa Mdee. When she’ not hosting a radio show on Choice FM in Dar es Salaam, she is travelling the world representing MTV Base on the red carpet or on TV. She is also the founder of Dynamites Mission-a website that covers her dedication to HIV/AIDS eradication and features interviews, conferences, facts and events all related to her cause.
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‘Everyone can hold a camera but not everyone has an eye for photography’- Words spoken by the one guy that can turn even the most basic idea into a work of visual art. You’ve definitely spotted the cool, calm and collected Akbar Thabeet; a constant feature in all the hotspots, either partying or watching you party from behind the lens of a Canon 5D Mark II.
I met Akbar to discuss photography and the future. He’s currently on a break from studying for a Communications degree and during this time he has earned himself a name as a much sought-after photographer, booking photo shoots with various personalities and individuals around Tanzania.
How did you start?
‘I got my first camera when I was 17. I just like taking pictures. People got to see my work and from there more and more people asked if I could photograph them.’
‘I don’t consider myself a professional photographer. There are people I think are better than me but I don’t feel I have gotten to that level’.