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The Michuzi Family

The Michuzi Family

Michuzi Media Group is jointly owned by Issa Michuzi (50%), Othman Atick Michuzi (10%), Ahmad Issa Michuzi (10%), and - according to data at the Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (2018) - also Christopher Mtakyawa Makwaia holds 15% shares.

Muhidin Issa Michuzi holds a half of the company’s shares and acts as Chairman and CEO. He is a Tanzanian photojournalist. He is well known for setting up Michuzi Blog in the 2000’s, one of Tanzania’s first relevant blogs.

Michuzi had an interest and passion in photography since the 1980s, which pushed him to join an evening photography course at the Goethe-Institute in Dar es Salaam. In order to cover his tuition fees, he engaged in taking photos in most Dar es Salaam social functions including places like disco clubs. One of his photographs was selected for the front page of the Daily news, a government-owned newspaper. He was subsequently employed as a stringer for three years before being employed formally on 1 January, 1990. In 1992, he joined the Internationales Institut für Journalismus in Berlin for an advanced photojournalism course. He later joined the Tanzania School of Journalism (present-day School of Journalism and Mass Communication) at the University of Dar es Salaam and graduated in 1996.

His intention for setting up a blog was to inform the Tanzanian Diaspora about news related to the motherland via a photo blog. He met Ndesanjo Macha, who helped him starting the blog in 2005, during a conference in Finland to which he was accompanying Tanzanian Foreign Minister Jakaya Kikwete. The first blog entry dates back to 8 September 2005.

In 2006, he was awarded a scholarship to attend a specialized course in digital photography in Cardiff, Wales and has since been associated with the Daily News.

Michuzi has two brothers, Ahmad and Othman, who also are well known bloggers in Tanzania. Together, they form Michuzi Media Group (MMG). Only in the documents issued by BRELA, Christopher Mtakyawa Makwaia (15% shares) is mentioned as a fourth owner. At the TCRA, only the Michuzi Brothers are listed as shareholders.

No information are available on Christopher Mtakyawa Makwaia.


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