Family, media houses to launch Ruge Mutahaba Foundation

24Jun 2022
Mary Kadoke
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Family, media houses to launch Ruge Mutahaba Foundation

​​​​​​​FAMILY of the late Ruge Mutahaba in collaboration with media houses will this Sunday launch the Ruge Mutahaba Foundation to honour his dedication on youth creativity, investment and entrepreneurship.

Ruge Mutahaba family representative Rwebu Mutahaba (C) briefs journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday on the launch of the Ruge Mutahaba Foundation expected to be held in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. He is with a member of the foundation’s board of trustees, Georgia Mutagahywa (L), and Fursa Project director Suma Mwaitenda. Photo: Correspondent Mary Kadoke

The function will be held at Mlimani City in Dar es Salaam and live streamed by ITV, East African Television (EATV) and East Africa Radio, Clouds TV and ETV starting 21hrs.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Rwebu Mutahaba said the motive behind the launching is to portray peoples’ esteem over his vision to foster entrepreneurship, arts and creativity.

“The launching of this foundation is to respond to people's voices by honouring how he represented and implemented his positive development vision to youth, women and the country at large through various projects,” he said.

“The foundation will prioritise supporting youth by offering education sponsorship and provide professional advice to more than 5,000 youth and networking them with nearly 10,000 economic opportunities,” he said.

He said there will be a special session to enable youth to discuss their challenges and connect them with stakeholders who will assist them in finding solution to the challenges.

Speaking on behalf of the board of trustees, Georgia Mutagahywa said the foundation is becoming a reality three years after his death.

She said that it will basically concentrate on improving youth’s creativity, innovation, excellence, perseverance and empathy in collaboration with the government stakeholders, private sectors, local and international Non-Governmental Organisations.

“We aim at empowering youth economically; we want them to use creativity to generate income,” explained Georgia.

Clouds Media Group Chief Creative and Strategy Officer, Reuben Ndege said that it was an honour for the media to be part of the foundation towards portraying his legacy.

The late Ruge Mutahaba was nicknamed ‘Jasiri Muongoza Njia,’ being a mastermind in the music industry; he perpetuated the status of Bongo Fleva as he engineered offering platforms like Fiesta concerts that paved artists' prominence in and out of the country.

He passed away on February 26th, 2019 in South Africa of where he went for kidney treatment.

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