I have worked as a news editor at The Guardian newspaper and before that as a features writer at The Citizen. In the six years of my professional practice, I have written about what some might call the ‘real Tanzania’: where schoolchildren sit on dusty floors in ramshackle classrooms and expectant mothers walk long distances to reach hospitals and dispensaries. I have also gone undercover to report on the lives of sex workers in the red light district of Uwanja wa Fisi, Dar es Salaam and delved into the myth of the ‘notorious’ Tanga woman. In the process, I have clinched four international awards, including the David Astor Journalism Award for East African Journalists in 2009 (which led to an attachment at The Independent and The Times newspaper in London, UK).
I am interested in the effectiveness of policies in Africa and particularly how governments are spending their monies and roles alongside people in dealing with poverty. I am currently working with Tanzania Media Fund fellowship for rural reporting.