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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
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?
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.
Khalila Mbowe: Founder and managing director of Unleashed Africa