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Born in the foothills of the Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania, Malik Saidi Msambaa took off to sponsored studies in Kenya at the age of four. During high school, he grabbed attention with creative drama skills and was then taken on international and national theatre festivals.

He then joined Tasuba…. the Bagamoyo college of arts. A Collaboration between Bagamoyo Film Collective and Freie Universitat-Berlin organized for a workshop which also ignited his interest in film, and he was selected to take on the role as an assistant director of an international film Tabia which was premiered at Eko International Film Festival in Nigeria.

Malik realized there was a calling for his life purpose as an artist and established ‘Wakwetu’, an arts foundation to mobilize arts in all sectors. To bring out hidden talents in the shadows of disadvantaged lifestyles. There was no platform to develop these creative souls caught up in everyday life turbulence, exacerbated by stigmatization and oppression

I realized there was Unconscious Bias amongst everyday people towards disadvantaged communities. This is when I launched, the Hear us, Feel us , See us mobilizing arts campaign : Sounding out Unconscious Bias – Albinism in Africa

Malik Saidi Msambaa – WAKWETU
Malik Saidi Msambaa founder : WAKWETU Artists Are Changemakers

Wakwetu – Ours. The earth is ours, we all belong in it. Together

Malik Saidi Msambaa – WAKWETU

Meet CreatePreneurAfrica Malik Saidi Msambaa on a journey to uncover unseen talent

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

When I think of undiscovered talented people, many born into disadvantaged live streams for some reason or the other…… with no platform like home’s background….. actually this is where am driven to.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

My passion is my work as an Actor/ film and stage play director.My initial interest was ignited in early High School plays. I found my passion when I first did my high school play and became the best. Thereafter i was selected as the Assistant Director, resulting in the successful short film Tabia which premiered at the Eko International Film Festival in Nigeria.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Everything about my passion appeals to me.

What drove you to make money from your passions? 

Actually I do it because I love what I do. But also volunteering is always my weapon of work before being paid.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion? 

When doing my Diploma in Performing and Visual Arts, I was lucky to be trusted and given 3 schools to teach at a time and due to my commitment and hard work I was paid accordingly.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I have never thought of such a word in my life of struggles, and by that I always stand firm.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

Am motivated by seeing all those people with disabilities working hard to change their lifestyles and other people’s life through their talents.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

I always don’t think of something that will not benefit my life, and after all life has to go on and everyone has to sow his seeds and wait for what he/she planted.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you? 

All creatives, you should not forget your culture, people with needs and moreso your African identity as well. Power of giving, is always a right way to move on because they say; For one to get he/she has to give in life. Thank you.

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