Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gazeti la Watoto Linaloandikwa na Watoto

One of my dreams is soon becoming a reality...Thanks to those who believed in me, encouraged me and supported me......We did it........


Tunawatangazia gazeti la Toto Shine litaweza kupatikana hivi karibuni.  Gazeti hili ni kwa watoto na litakua linaandika na watoto wenzao. Hili gazeti ni kwa watoto wote hasa hasa katika  Africa ya mashariki lakini tutakua tunapokea picha, mashairi na riwaya kwa watoto wote ulimwenguni.

Mtoto yeyote mwenye umri wa miaka 6 - 14 anaruhusiwa kutuma picha ya kuchora, mashahiri au riwaya fupi fupi 

Wazazi au walimu wanatakiwa kuwahamasisha watoto wao na kuwasaidia katika kutafuta ideas mbalimbali ili kufankisha kazi yake iwe ya kiwango cha juu na kutuweza kuitumia katika gazeti letu.

Ili kuhamasisha watoto wengi kushiriki sasa hivi kama picha, shairi au riwaya ya mtoto wako itatumika katika gazeti letu basi mtoto wako atapatiwa $20 na certificate ya kushiriki. Wale wengine wote ambao picha zao zitakua nzuri lakini hazikufikia kiwango cha sisis kuweza kuzitumia katika gazeti letu basi tutaziweka katika website yetu na kuwatumia certificate ya kushiriki. 

Wengine wote ambao wanatututmia lakini hazikufanikiwa kutumika usikate tamaa kujaribu tena. Na kwa wale wote ambao kazi zao zitakazokua nzuri na wakitutumia mara kwa mara tukazitumia katika gazeti letu basi tutaweza kuwatumia katika kama illustrators wa riwaya tunazozipokea na kuwalipa. 

Sio lazima kuchapisha  riwaya. yako. Unaweza kuandika kwa kutumia kalamu halafu unapiga picha kila ukurasa na kututumia. Lakini hakikisha mwandiko wako unasomeka vizuri au omba mtu mwenye mwandiko mzuri akuandikie.  Riwaya ambazo hatutaweza kusoma palagraph ya kwanza hatutaiangalia tena au kukuulizia uandike tena viuri. Riwaya yako isizidi maneno 1500

Mashairi sio lazima yawe yanaishia na maneno yanayofanana. 

Mwisho kwa wale watakaopenda kutangaza kwenye gazeti letu ili tuweze kuwahamasisha watoto wengi zaidi angalia media kit yetu hapa katika link hii. 

http://www.kwanzapress.com/Toto%20Shine%20media%20kit.pdf







Friday, July 18, 2014

Introducing Toto Shine Magazine


I’m so excited that one of the projects that is so dear to my heart (to empower women and children) for the last 3 years I have been working very hard on it, is soon to become a reality…

The Toto Shine Magazine is now looking for drawings, poems or short stories from children ages 6 -14.

This magazine is for the whole East Africa region and beyond, so we want as many kids from Tanzania as possible to participate.  

I do remember when I was a little kid Mama na Mwana show read something I sent to them on the radio that was one of my best days. Also I answered some questions and they mailed me a congratulatory letter for being one of the winners. That little piece of paper I received was one of my inspirations growing up and I kept it for so many years.....

Motivate your kids to participate.  Thanks to my very good friends who believe me on this project so far we pay US $20  if we use each drawing, story or poem on our magazine. 

It is not just funny to earn money while still a kid but its also empowers. That little achievement your child, niece or nephew will receive can be a solid foundation of his/her ambition and determination to do much more in life. 

The phone app is coming soon to easily update your kid’s work direct from your phone or tablet.  

Tell you kids, nieces and nephews and everyone you know. From abstract art and traditional drawing to sketching, painting, or doodling or perhaps it’s something that symbolizes the culture or maybe it’s a moment in her/his life that stands out. It could be a character he/she has created, or a drawing of a favorite pet. We are looking for it all. 

For poems we prefer non-rhyming poetry (free verse poems) though if your kid prefers rhyming poetry don’t hesitate to send it to us. 

For short stories 1500 words or fewer works best for our readers’ ages. 

For a chance your kid to be accepted make sure you or a teacher carefully read his/her writing or look at his/her artwork before submitting, and then consider any suggestions to make it better. Often, there are events in stories that don’t make sense, and having someone read it and make suggestions always helps! 

You or your child/niece/nephew must be 6-14 years old to participate.

Follow us at @totoshinemag and facebook ID Toto Shine for more updates 
The website www.totoshine.com is soon coming 

Also for those who would like to support our effort you can download our media kit at http://www.kwanzapress.com/Toto%20Shine%20media%20kit.pdf

Best Regards,
Pauline 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

If you are trying to get pregnant naturally ditch the make-up.

I was watching TV yesterday and something came up about infertility. I was shocked to see make-up being among the many causes of infertility in women.  Yes, all over the counter products that used to enhance the appearance. They are generally mixtures of chemical compounds, some being derived from natural sources but many being synthetic that are very toxic. 

When you sit back and look at the big picture you think "What's the big deal, it's make up and I'm not swallowing it!", but the fact is that it's seeping into your pores.  It's hard to find good make up to wear and most that are lead free or 100% made from natural ingredients are very expensive, so many women just use over the counter make-ups. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The List - My 2014 Book Challenge

This year I wanted to keep track of the books I read from early on. So I decided to challenge myself to read just 25 books because I knew more than that it will be very very hard to finish my goal. When I found myself I read different books (re-reads, novels, short stories, non-fiction, children’s books [for my daughter) and school books [for few students I mentor])  I decided to raise my goal to 75 books. 

As today is the last day of April that is to say 1/3 of the year is gone so far. I sat down to review the books I have read this year towards my goal...

Here is the list of what I have read so far this year but  it was a little hard to put them together so from now on I think I will have to list them as I finish reading and create a simple tag for them ...

The Longest Ride

I read this book because I liked the Notebook so much but because of that I thought this one was not that good enough.

Pooh's Wishing Star



The Tea Party Book

Great recipes for your little ones


Dora's Favorite Fairy Tales

This book is very good. My mom used to tell us all these stories by heart and now this book is my daughter's favorite bedtime story book.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Loving Memory of Our Dear Brother

In Loving Memory of Our Dear Brother 

Ezekiel Mandari

Our handsome brother, a son, a father and a husband, it hard to believe it has been eleven years since God took you home and there is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you. You left us with sorrow, tears and confusion. God put you here for a reason, and he took you for another. We always wonder why God took you at such a young age. Not fair. You had your whole life ahead of you yet. 

Losing you has left an enormous void in our lives that no amount of love can ever fill. You were our role model and many looked up to you. Everyone felt special around you, you looked good in people, you lifted people up and you never judged people. You were a people’s person.  Everyone who got to know you loved you!  

You may not physically be here but your spirit and your legacy lives on. As long as we live we will never let anyone forget you or the great legacies you left behind. You had a short life but you lived every minute of it.  

You will always be in our hearts, and will  be remembered by son Emmanuel, your wife Naomi, your mother Grace, your  sisters  Lukundo, Joyce and Pauline, your brother Daniel, your nieces and nephews, other members of family, friends  and you are greatly missed even by people who were not lucky enough to know you.  

‘’...the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away may the name of the Lord be praised’’
Job 1:21

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tafuta Partner na sio Mfadhili



Inafurahisha sana kuona jinsi vijana wangi sasa hivi Tanzania wamegundua kuwa na college degree sio solution ya kupata ajira. Wamegundua kuwa kuna njia nyingine ya kuitumia elimu yao kwa faida yao na jamii kwa ujumla. Njia kuu moja wapo wamegundua kuwa ni wao kutengeneza ajira ili kuendeleza maisha yao na kuwapatia watu wengine ajira. 


Inafurahisha jinsi vijana wengi Tanzania walivyo na visions, ideas nzuri na hata wengine pia wameshafikia kuanzisha biashara zao tayari na kinachowakwamisha ni kukua kwa biashara zao kwa ajili ya mtaji ni mdogo walionao.


Nimekua nikipokea direct mails kwenye Twitter au emails nyingi tu za vijana Tanzania wakinielezea mambo yao mazuri sana tu wanayoyafanya lakini wengi wao huwa wanataka mimi niwasaidie kutafuta “SPONSOR”. Sasa kila email au DM inayokuja inaeleza mambo mazuri sana lakini mwisho wa yote ni kuwa mtu anataka sponsor. Sasa mimi nimekua nikijiuliza sponsor ni just a new trendy au ni njia nyingine ya mtu kushindwa kujua ni vipi atapata capital ya biashara yake?


Nimeona niandike hapa ili kila mtu mwenye mawazo hayo aelewe. Naweza niwe wrong lakini haya ni mawazo yangu na nafikiri kidogo ndio ulimwengu wa leo unavyokwenda.

  1. Always katika biashara hakikisha wewe ndio the big risk taker bila hivyo hiyo biashara haitafanikiwa. Katika hili naona kuwa vijana wengi Tanzania sio risk takers. Mimi nafikiria kwanini wengi wanatafuta sponsor tu badala ya kufikiria njia nyingine ya kuraise capital. Mimi naona ni kwavile hawataki kutake risk. Kama biashara anayoifikiria ikifa basi yeye anakua hana hasara bali hasara inakwenda kwa yule “sponsor”.  Ulimwengu huu hakuna mtu atakayekuamini nakukupa hela yake kwa vile umemueleza ideas na visions zako nzuri sana.
  2. Usipende kutajirika mwenyewe kama unahitaji mtaji na una idea ya jambo zuri sana basi tafuta partners unaowaamini na wao waweze kukuamini. Kila mtu akija na kiasi fulani cha hela basi mnaweza kuanza kazi yenu na mkishakua na cha kuonyesha basi mnaweza kwenda kwa watu wengine zaidi na kuwajumuisha na kukuza capital zaidi ya kazi yenu. 
  3. Hakikisha kabla hujaanza kutafuta partners au hata kama ni kuomba mkopo bank umeshafanya research kuhusu hilo jambo unalotaka kuanzisha. Wengi nikiwauliza umeshafanya research na kuona kuwa kuna market ya hicho kitu? Jibu ninalopata ni kuwa anatafuat kwanza mtaji halafu akishajua amepata ndio anakwenda kufanya research . Anafikira kupoteza muda mwingi kufanya research halafu asipofanikiwa kupata hela basi inakua ni kazi kubwa isiyo na faida na muda unakua umepotea bure. Sasa ukweli ni kuwa hakuna mtu atakupa hela yake bila kujua kuwa uachotaka kufanya kitarudisha hela yake na hata faida pia. Kama ni startup yeyote fanya kwanza research ujue kuwa kuna market, na kama sio startup basi angalia je mtu mwingine anafanya hicho unachotaka kuanzisha soko lake ni kubwa kiasi gani? Kama soko lake linakidhi mahitaji ya watu je wewe ukianzisha utapata wateja kutoka wapi? Je wewe utafanya nini zaidi ili kuwafaya wateja wake waache kwenda kwake na kuja kwako? Je growth ya hicho kitu ni kipi etc. Hayo yote unatakiwa kuyajua kabla ya kuanza kutafuta capital au kuwekeza hela nyingi.
  4. Kama unataka kupata hela kutoka bank ni lazima uandike business plan. Business plan ni nzuri kwa bank au hata kwa watu binafsi kuweza kuelewa dira yako ni ipi na kukuamini hata wakiweka hela yao wanajua wataipata na kupata faida.Pia business plan ni nzuri kwako kwa vile inakuonyesha ni wapi unataka kwenda na kukua kwako kutatokana na nini?
  5. Kumbuka hakuna mtu yeyote hata kama ana hela kiasi gani hataki kupata faida katika hela yake. Sasa ili kufanikiwa katika kupata au kuongeza mtaji wa jambo lolote unalotaka kufanya ni lazima uwe umeonyesha kuwa unalolifanya unalielewa, unaliamini  na wewe umewekeza kiasi kikubwa ambacho kitakufanya uwe na uchungu na kufanya kazi kwa bidii na umakini.
  6. Uza share za biashara yako. Kama umeshaona kuwa unachokifanya kina mafanikio basi uza share ili uongeze mtaji. Unaweza kuwauzia ndugu na rafiki zako na kuongeza mtaji kabla hujaanza kutafuta watu ambao hawakufahamu. Hiyo ni njia mojawapo ya kukusanya capital.
  7. Nenda bank kachukue mkopo. Kama kweli unachotaka kukifanya unakiamini kuwa kitarudisha hela ya watu na kukupatia faida basi andika business plan uende bank ukachukue mkopo. 

Sitaki kuingia siasa hapa lakini nafikiria kuwa misaada mingi haifanyi kazi Tanzania kwa sababu watu hawana uchungu na hiyo hela, hawajui waliowachangia wamejinyima kiasi gani ili kuweza kuwapatia hiyo hela na pia wengine wanafikira huko kwa wafadhili money grows on trees. Wanajua jambo wanalofanya lisipofanikiwa kesho watalia tena na atatokea mfadhili mwingine na kusaidia lakini je hujali muda unaoupoteza?  Huoni kuwa unazeeka bila maendeleo yeyote.
Katika jambo lolote unalotaka kufanya ili ufanikiwe hakikisha umewekeza sana either pride, muda wako, hisia zako au hata kiasi fulani cha hela kabla hujanza kutafuta watu. Bila hiyo chochote unachotaka kufanya hata ukipewa hela kiasi gani hakifanikiwa. Jiulize niw watu wangapi kila siku wanaomba mitaji na biashara zao zinakufa, kesho tena wanaenda kwingine kuomba mtaji tena? Ni kwa vile mtu hajafanya research ya kitu anachokifanya, hajakaa chini na kuangali growth ya hiyo biashara itatokea wapi? Je kukua kwa hicho kitu kutatokana na nini? Angalia watu wengi wenye biashara nzuri, zina faida kubwa lakini hata baada ya miaka 10 yupo pale pale au mwisho wa yote wanatokea watu wengine na kufungua bishara kama yake na kuchukua wateja wake na kufanya biashara yake ipungue, ibakie kama ilivyo au inakufa? Sababu mojawapo ni kuwa hakuwa na growth plan or exit strategy.  Unaweza kuwa na idea nzuri na biashara nzuri lakini unforeseen future changes (ndoa, familia, maradhi etc) katika maisha yako zikakufanya usiweze kuwajibika katika shughuli yako 110%. Sasa exit plan ni ipi?

Natumaini maelezo yangu yatakusaidia ili usije kukata tamaa ya idea yako nzuri. Idea inaweza kuwa nzuri lakini kila unayemwandikia kumwomba ufadhili au akutafutie wafadhili hawakusikilizi kwasababu katika biashara hakuna cha ufadhili. Business ni business. Hakuna charity katika business. Ukiwa kwenye business au ukiwa unataka kufanya biashara ongea lugha ya business.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

What I Have Learned After 15K Tweets


I just found out I have surpassed 15K tweets. Wow! What a ride, what a journey!! Though this is not my first account but it’s my first personal account that I have used my real name.  I first joined Twitter when it was just about four five months when at that time everyone was on My Space....:)  I do remember during that time Twitter used to limit the number of tweets that one can post per day.  So I used it for about a year or so and forgot everything about it. When I decided to join back the account I was using someone hacked it so I was not able to reclaim it.  I'm so glad  I was not able to use that account because it made me to create another account and that I decided to use my actual name.

What I have learned:- 

1. Using a fictitious name is just wastage of time
The truth is when you use fictitious names you can say anything you want even if you don't mean it just to get the few minutes thrill, you can twist and turn your views just to follow the crowd, people will never take you serious, very few will even bother to read or reply to your tweets and a life of your tweet is just few minutes if not seconds compare to now I found people re-tweet my tweets even after six months. 

2. No one likes to talk to an egg 
In order to enjoy Twitter whether you tweet regularly or just observe it's better to create a simple profile. No one wants to be even followed by many eggs nevertheless to reply to one. Many people who care for quality followers do often block followers who do not have pictures or profiles to their accounts. 

3. Tweet
That is right, you are on Twitter then you better tweet now and then. Make a plan if you tweet once or twice a day make it a habit. If you tweet once or twice per week do that but never just be an observer forever.  In this world you need to have your voice heard. You can't just sit down and read different views everyday and agree with everything. Don't let your ego get in the way but it always good to defend something you truly believe in. Also many people use automatic software that delete inactive twitter accounts that they follow.   

4. Don't be just a broadcaster
Twitter is about social interaction. You talk you listen. If you just tweet and don't take time to reply to people or you don't  take time to read what other people say about certain topics  or the things you tweet you are up for trouble. 

5. Be quite once in awhile
It's very addic­ting to always be the one saying something. But there is a lot to gain from just quie­ting down and watching every once in awhile. Most of the times I just watch a con­ver­sa­tion rather than get­ting invol­ved, there is great value in obser­ving. You don’t always have to be a participant. 

6. Don't argue on Twitter 
Once I started to gain more followers I found there are people who would just like to argue with me on whatever I posted.  Stay away from those people who thrive on drama or crave your attention but do not know how to approach you.  Just ignore them. There is no rule that you must reply to everyone.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

What I read in 2013



This year I didn’t go too broader but I think I did a little with one particular book - The Fifty Shades of Grey. Actually I had to read these 3 books just because of the entire buzz the trilogy received.  Though I didn't like the books that much but the social media once again proves its power. This trilogy got so much attention on the social medias then the radios, magazines and TV stations picked up the rest was history.  
Anyway, here is the list of the books I’ve read in 2013 in no particular order and I might have forgotten couple of books though but maybe those are the ones that I started to read but couldn't care to finish reading them..:)


1. The notebook – Nicholas Spark

2. Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales - Nelson Mandela

3. Luther: Man between God and the devil - Heiko Oberman
 
4. WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source - Alisa Vitti.

5. The Confession – John Grisham

6. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg

7. Mom, Me & Mom – Angelou Maya

8. The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption - Laurence Leamer

9. The English Patient - Michael Ondaatie

10. Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence - Ben Carson

11. Rich Dad's Rich Kid, Smart Kid: Giving Your Children a Financial Headstart - Robert T. Kiyosaki

12. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty - Daron Acemo─člu 

13. The quick and easy way to effective speaking - Dale Carnegie

14. 60 ways to energize your life - Jan Kuzmai, Kay Kuzmai and Dewitte Williams

15. You can win - Shiv Khera

16. The 100 absolutely unbreakable laws of business success - Brian Tracy

17. Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World - Bill Cinton

18. NYPD Red - James Patterson

19. Improve Your Communication Skills: Present with Confidence; Write with Style; Learn Skills of Persuasion - Alan Barker

20. Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set - James, E.L.

21. Green Tea: The natural secret for a healthier life - Nadine Taylor
  
22. Deadline - Sandra Brown

Monday, December 09, 2013

Happy 52nd Inderendence Day Tanzania Bara


On Dec 9, 1961, Tanzania Bara then known as Tanganyika under the leadership of former president Julius Kambarage Nyerere got its independence from Britain. Today, Tanzania Bara celebrates 52 years of independence.  Yes it has been 52 years since Tanzania Bara got it's independence but it hasn't been a funny ride or a walk in a park but nothing is more precious than pieces.

Though Tanzania Bara didn't fight to get its independence but so many people have died since then just to try to make the country a true democratic country. There are so many things to be done and a long journey ahead.

Hope you all have a great celebration. And please say a prayer for Tanzania today...Together we can


Friday, December 06, 2013

Remembering Nelson Mandela

My father was my biggest inspiration. He gave me strength and confidence. He also thought me how to work hard for others without expecting any sort of reward. Growing up as a preacher's kid I saw how my dad worked tirelessly for other people and never complained. 

My mother and Mandela are my second inspiration. I see my mother to have the heart of Mandela. My mother never holds a grudge no matter how one may have wronged her.  Mandela also thought me about courage and perseverance.  

Thought Tanzania under the former president Julius K. Nyerere was one of the countries that provided invaluable support to the South African liberation but they didn't teach much about Mandela and apartheid in schools.  So I didn't know much about Mandela when I was little. I started to hear about him around the time he was released from jail and once I saw the movie called Sarafina that was when I started to read more about Mandela and his fight for freedom.

Mandela left us but he left the legacy will leave forever that I think to me is about fulfill human potential. “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human,” South Africa president Zuma said “We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”  Not everyone can be the first in class, not everyone can be a legend or a champion in sports but if everyone does his/her part no matter how small it is, we will make this world a better place. He was the greatest moral political leader of our time. As the world mourn his passing I pray that everyone honor him by carrying out the good work he started. 


Here are some of Mandela quotes:-


Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.




There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.