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The Bakhresa Family

The Bakhresa Family

Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, is a successful businessman with over 30 years’ experience of managing a group of complex businesses. He is the founder and chairperson of Bakhresa Group of Companies. He was born in 1949 and grew up in Zanzibar.

Bakhresa Group is a conglomerate of a number of registered companies trading in agro processing, food and beverages, marine transport, packaging, logistics, plastic recycling and media. He also runs a hotel in Zanzibar by the name of Hotel Verde.

The well-known industrialists in the whole of East and Central Africa, Bakhresa dropped out of school at the age of 14 to become a potato mix salesperson, before he got involved as a restaurant operator in the 1970s. With a humble beginning he created the business empire within a span of three decades.

He is married to Fathiya Bahhresa and they have seven children: Mohamed Said Salim Bakhresa, Abubakar Said Salim Bakhresa, Omar Said Salim Bakhresa, Yusuf Said Salim Bakhresa, Khalid Said Salim Bakhresa (deceased 2007) and Mariam Salim Bakhresa. Bakhresa Group is a family business. His sons are all Executive Directors of Salim Bakhresa & Co Ltd, which is majority shareholder in Azam Media Limited.

His sons also additionally hold the following positions:

Yusuf Said Salim Bakhresa is the Managing Director of Azam Media Limited and is a director in the Group Companies. He is actively involved in the day to day operations of Bakhresa food products Ltd.

Abubakar Said Salim Bakhresa manages Bakhresa Malawi Limited, Bakhresa Grain Milling (Rwanda), Bakhresa Grain Milling Limitada (Mozambique) and Bakhresa South Africa (Pty) Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Finance from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. USA. He is primarily involved in the wheat milling businesses of the Group and looks after the wheat procurement for the Group.

Mohamed Said Bakhresa is the Managing Director of Bakhresa Grain Milling (Uganda) Limited, the largest wheat milling industry in Uganda. He is a graduate in finance, law and accounting from Southbank University, United Kingdom.

Omar Said Salim Bakhresa, a Mechanical Engineer, is the Executive Director in charge of Logistics Division of Said Salim Bakhresa & Co Ltd. He has over a decade of experience in logistics & transportation industry.

Media Companies / Groups
Media Outlets


Following businesses are operated uneder the umbrella of the mother company:

Agro Commodities

Bakhresa Agro Commodities (PTY) Ltd – India

Food & Beverages

Azam Bakeries Co Ltd

Speciality Packaging

Omar Packaging Industries Ltd


SSB Azam ICD Division


United Petroleum – (UP) is a market leader in the petroleum industry in Zanzibar


Azam Marine Co Ltd & Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries Ltd

Agro Processing

Zanzibar Milling Cooperation Ltd.


Azam Insurance Agency Ltd

Financial Services

AzamPay Tanzania Ltd

Corporate Social Responibility

Azam Football Club


Hotel Verde Zanzibar -Azam Luxy Resort & spa Ltd

Real Estate

Reliable Properties Ltd (Real Estate)


Tradegents Ltd (Garments)

Family & Friends

Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends

Bakhresa Group is a family business.

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