Risasi is among the six Kiswahili newspapers that are owned by Global Publishers & General Enterprises Limited. Others are Ijumaa, Uwazi, Amani,Championi and Spotixtra. According to African Media Barometer - Tanzania (2008) Global Publishers Limited owns about five yellow newspapers. As such, Risasi newspaper’s content is based on celebrities, short stories, entertainment, sports, human interest stories and gossips – and to a smaller extent on politics.
According a GeoPoll print consumption survey, commissioned by MCT (Aug/Sep 2018), Risasi newspaper is ranked among the top 10 newspapers with socio-political content (XX.XXX% readership).
According to TCRA (2018), Global Publishers & General Enterprises Limited with all six newspapers including Ijumaa are owned by Joachim Lusana Buyobe (100%). He also owns Geita online TV to 100%.
Also Eric James Shigongo seems to be closely connected to the company. He is mentioned as CEO, director and supervisor of the Global Group – and sometimes even as owner on several websites. He also refers to the company on his own facebook site. His exact position remains unclear as the company profile at Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA) was not accessible and the company didn’t respond to interview queries.
Media Companies / Groups
Global Publishers & General Enterprises Limited
Risasi is published by Global Publishers & General Enterprises Limited, which is associated with Eric Shidongo.
Group / Individual Owner
Joachim Lusana Buyobe
Tanzanian national, keeps a low profile. He also owns Geita online TV to 100%.
Abdallah Mrisho Salawi # no further information about this co-founder. Eric Shigongo - is an entrepreneur, book author and speaker. Born in Mwanza, on the shores of Lake Victoria, he has a wide variety of ventures pursuits, including media, hotels, farmi
Other Important People
Global Publishers & General Enterprises Limited;
P. O. Box 7534, Dar-Es-Salaam;
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Audience share based on GeoPoll survey (Aug 30 – Sep 1st, 2018), commissioned by MOM Tanzania. Special interest newspapers such as sport news were excluded of the ownership analysis.