Aneth David; A Talk with the Next Einstein Forum Ambassador

Who is Aneth David? Briefly describe yourself in five words

Ambitious, determined young scientist and entrepreneur.

What is your educational background?

Primary education at Rau primary school secondary school Mawenzi secondary school, High school at Machame and Majengo high schools, where I studied CBN combination (Chemistry, Biology and Nutrition). Bachelor Degree – BSc. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, UDSM and a Masters degree – MSc. Biotechnology – UDSM

Where do you derive your inspiration and what are your current achievements?

I am committed to achieve excellence in everything I do, and that drives me. I don’t settle for less than I can achieve, no matter how long it might take or what obstacles face me, I always try to find an alternative, better way.

My most proud achievement is being the Next Einstein Forum Ambassador of Science, representing my country. It is an opportunity to share and promote science, push for change to encourage utilization of science for sustainable development as well as inspire other young people to pursue science careers.

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Aneth speaking at a conference in Durban

What are you currently doing?

I am currently an academician, an assistant lecturer at UDSM Department of Molecular Biology. I am also an entrepreneur, involved as a partner with three companies. The first company, Apitech Tanzania, deals with all matters concerned with beekeeping and honey. We collect high-quality honey and other bee products from farmers across Tanzania and sell it to consumers. Our biggest market is the UDSM community. We also do consultation services on beekeeping matters such as surveying areas for beekeeping and modern beekeeping practices, as well as providing equipment related to beekeeping.

The second company is called Twende investments, a group of company with diverse functions, but I’m involved with Twende Collection, a fashion company subsidiary. The other company is EM Tech Foundation, which deals with environmentally friendly products for agriculture and waste management.

I am also a science ambassador, representing Tanzania as the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador, an award I won recently. It’s a role that allows me to share my passion for science and show how important it is for development of our country. I also get to inspire other young people to pursue careers in science.

Tell us about this Next Einstein Forum award that has gotten you all this media attention?

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Aneth at The Next Einstein Forum Conference

As already said, the award was awarded to young African scientists to represent their countries, so I represent my country as a science ambassador. It’s one of the best things to happen to me, although while applying for the award I didn’t think it would take me this far. It has given me a widen exposure by meeting other brilliant African scientists, encouragement and motivation to push harder and be the best I can be. It has also given me a platform to talk science and how it can change our lives, individually and at a national and continent level. The media is a great tool to share that, and people have been responding well, encouraging me and asking questions. Having this award has also allowed me to support other scientific endeavors, for example, I’m now also an ambassador for ASSA (All Stars Student Awards), an initiative to recognize performing students across East Africa in science, language and sports subject. The award event will be carried out next month.

Where do you see yourself in the next ten years? Your future prospects?

I’m academician, one of my goals is to make myself better and increase my value so that I can perform my duties better. I also want to work harder on entrepreneurship. In ten years I see myself as a senior lecturer, a scientific researcher, a successful entrepreneur and a social scientist.

What was your most memorable Campus moment? Tell us more about your campus life? Your favorites hang out spot? Clubbing and the challenges faced at University?

The University moments I wont forget are when I attended the last Miss UDSM contest when I was a first year student and when I went to CoNAS bash at Silver sand during second year. I ended up taking care of a friend who ‘alizima’ drunk…I spent most of my free time in MBB Seminar room. I liked the room coz all Department students met there, so I got to know my seniors and juniors. I really liked PB (Pilau Beans) and Mtori of Cafeteria II

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I didn’t like to miss classes, even the boring ones, I’d rather go and yawn throughout than miss a class. I studied mostly by discussion with permanent group discussion members, that I knew were serious with school and I chose my group discussion members wisely coz there are people who only wanted to waste others’ time. I didn’t like ‘kuzima moto’ but I had to most of the times before UE that was the most frustrating moment of campus life. I lost weight towards the end of each semester that I had clothes for beginning and end of the semester. I didn’t do much private study and studying at night was a challenge. I instead liked group discussions better and reading books/articles to get a broader perspective about an idea. I didn’t go to clubs, I prefered quiet natural, isolated environments, such as beaches, forests and mountains.

What advice do you have to the unemployed youth and youth at large?

 Tanzania is blessed with numerous natural resources that are literally unexploited. We should shake off the attitude of expecting other people to employ us but start to use our resources to make profit and employ others. There is no place in the world where the work-force is exhausted, there are so many opportunities especially in the sectors of agriculture, education, IT and big data.

On success

Success means different things for different people, for some it’s having a lot of money, for some more family time and others graduating on top of their class. I believe success is not an event (like receiving an award or signing a big deal) but rather a way of life. It’s what you do in day-to-day life that determines how successful you become. Watch how and on what you spend your time on, and decide if it’s taking you to the place you want to be.