PRO­FILE: KHALILA MBOWE, 29, founder and MD of Un­leashed Africa, is an all round so­cial en­tre­pre­neur who be­lieves in bring­ing out the best in peo­ple and com­pa­nies

The East African - - MAGAZINE - Caro­line Uliwa, Spe­cial Correspondent

What is your off duty pas­sion?

Scuba div­ing. I am a mem­ber of Gypsy Divers. We go scuba div­ing ev­ery so of­ten; our favourite spots are White Sands Beach and the Sea Cliff beach in Dar es Salaam.

If you were not a so­cial en­tre­pre­neur, what would you have be­come?

A per­form­ing artist or ac­tress. [Her com­pany, Un­leashed Africa, a mar­ket­ing, events and brand­ing com­pany, runs a dance stu­dio, and has hired a dance troupe. She no longer dances or chore­ographs but still sings at open mic events such as Lyri­cist Lounge.]

What’s your per­sonal style?

I love scarves. I find them ver­sa­tile and I use them as head wraps or sim­ply around my neck in var­i­ous styles. And be­cause I like bright colours, the scarves add a spark to my out­fits.

How do you man­age your wardrobe?

I love out­fits made by my lo­cal seam­stress, Mama Mushi. I pick de­signs from mag­a­zines or on­line and she trans­lates them into out­fits for me. But when I want a quick buy, the thrift clothes stalls at Mwenge com­mer­cial district of Dar es Salaam never dis­ap­point.

How do you un­wind?

I love read­ing and I’ve learned a lot from You Tube. From how to ex­e­cute projects to or­gan­is­ing my busi­ness, and fun games for my kids. Trav­el­ling also re­news my spirit by help­ing me gain new per­spec­tives from other cul­tures.

Where will you be found spend­ing your time on a Satur­day af­ter­noon?

At home hang­ing out with the kids. Hav­ing chil­dren changed my pri­or­i­ties and I would rather be with them than at­tend a po­etry ses­sion. I now tend to plan weeks in ad­vance to at­tend a con­cert.

What is your best des­ti­na­tion in East Africa?

Zanz­ibar. No place beats those turquoise wa­ters and white sandy beaches. But also my home re­gion of Kil­i­man­jaro, where the cli­mate is just right.

What is on your must-visit list?

I have this silly wish to make snow an­gels and I am yet to visit a coun­try where it snows. So nat­u­rally, North Amer­ica and any coun­try in Europe dur­ing winter are on my bucket list.

What is your best col­lec­tion?

I col­lect coins and books.

What film has im­pacted you the most?

The doc­u­men­tary The Founder based on the true story of the Mcdon­alds fast food chain.

What is your cur­rent big read?

The Bi­ble.

What is your favourite mu­sic?

I love jazz, soul and gospel mu­sic. Melody Gar­dot, Jill Scott, Rose Royce and Bethel are al­ways on my playlist.

What’s a constant in your fridge?

Wa­ter and fresh fruit.

Pic­tures: Caro­line Uliwa.

Khalila Mbowe: Founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Un­leashed Africa

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