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How A Tanzanian Coder Became An Inspired Tech Mogul

By Ann Brown

Tanzanian coder Godfrey Magila has always loved technology. So much so, he actually taught himself to code. His tech innovations earned him a $200 prize at a countrywide hackathon. The monetary prize came with a tech mentoring program. Today, Magila, 25, is the founder of  Magilatech, a software development and security auditing company he started in 2012. Most recently, Magilatech debuted Tigobackup, a mobile security application offering content backup on mobile devices and anti-theft services.To date, it has recovered more than 3,600 lost and stolen devices.  Magilatech, which employs 14 people, raked in more than $1 million in 2016. To date, it has recovered more than 3,600 lost and stolen devices. Magila was born in Mbeya in Southern Tanzania. His father died when he was three months old. His mother died when he was six.

“I am an orphan,” said Magila to AFKInsider. “I was raised by my late auntie and uncle. Auntie was a secondary teacher at my school and my uncle was a boarding officer at a shipping company.” His aunt and uncle died in 2010 and 2011, and Magila went on to high school in Dar es Salaam before heading to the Institute of Finance Management at the University of Dar es Salaam.

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In Tanzania, unemployed youths turn to agriculture

Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing issues in Tanzania. The number of young people who enter the labour force exceeds the available jobs. According to official data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2014, the economy created about 282,382 formal-sector jobs while an estimated 800,000 to one million youths enter the labour market at the same time. Yet, the number of job seekers is expected to double by 2030. According to the World Bank, the size of Tanzania’s youth, which was about 8.1 million in 2010, will rise to 11 million by 2020 and 15 million by 2030.

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How this Tanzanian beauty queen started her own furniture business

Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe is a 38-year-old former Tanzanian beauty queen (Miss Tanzania) and musician. More recently, she has achieved success as an entrepreneur. Ntuyabaliwe is the founder of Molocaho, a Tanzanian furniture manufacturing company, which designs and manufactures quality made-to-order furniture, furnishings, designer fabrics, lighting, decor, garden furniture and rugs.

All Molocaho’s products are manufactured using locally-sourced, sustainable materials. Molacaho has a factory in the heart of Dar es Salaam as well as a showroom. The company employs more than 30 Tanzanians, and is looking to start exporting its pieces to Europe. We caught up with Ntuyabaliwe recently to chronicle her transition from musician and beauty queen to furniture entrepreneur. She also told us her plans for Molocaho in the near future.

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Energy and Mines Ministry Joins the Exodus to New Capital Dodoma

The first phase of 47 out of 340 workers of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, have left for Dodoma in response to the government's plan to move to the designated capital. Among those who moved in this phase are the top leaders and chief executives in the ministry, including the Minister, Deputy Minister, Permanent Secretary and Deputy Permanent Secretaries. Speaking during flagging off of vehicles carrying office equipment, the Ministry's Deputy Permanent Secretary, Dr Juliana Pallangyo, said the selected workers have responded positively. "Many workers are remaining here in Dar es Salaam and we expect to work through e-government without any problems," she noted.

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